When I grew up in southeast Portland in the 1950s and ’60s, my parents grew plenty of food in our yard. The parking strip in front of our house supported apple, peach, pear, plum and quince trees. The backyard held a full size cherry tree that boasted sweet fruit, provided comforting shade and supported both […]
Whether lining streets, beautifying parks or brightening compact spaces with their beautiful blooms, flowering cherry and plum trees can’t be beat.
Schools and retail garden centers can help nurture a new generation of plant lovers.
After a harsh winter in the Pacific Northwest, retail garden centers better be prepared for a rush of eager gardeners.
People born around the turn of the 21st century are digitally obsessed and socially charged — and they’re the fastest growing group of garden consumers in the country.
Retail garden centers, take note: edible landscaping is
one of the hot trends for 2016.
Growing a broad palette of bee-friendly plants benefits pollinators and ultimately humans
A majority of consumers (58 percent) plan to grow edible plants next year, according to a report recently published by the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF). The organization’s 2014 October Gardening Trends Research Report goes on to state that, of those not planning to grow edible plants in 2015, over one-third (37 percent) said it […]
A federal judge has confirmed an earlier ruling that two Oregon blueberry farmers were coerced into signing a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over alleged labor law violations. According to the ruling, the farmers had little choice but to sign the agreements, because the department had impounded “hot goods.” Without an immediate settlement, […]
Here’s another article pondering what it will take to get today’s people in their 20s and 30s to start gardening. Janet Eastman of the Oregonian interviews a young Medford couple that has taken up vegetable gardening. According to “The 20–30 Something Garden Guide” author Dee Nash, whose book is cited in the article, edibles are […]