The Associated Press has an article on Ginkgo biloba trees (a.k.a. maidenhair trees), and the fact that some cities are removing them due to odor problems. Landscapers normally prevent this problem by planting only male trees – that’s right, there are male and female ginkgos, and it’s the females who drop the sticky, stinky seed […]
The North American Branch of the Maple Society will hold its annual meeting in the Portland area this October! The conference will be Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, at the Embassy Suites hotel near Washington Square mall in Tigard, Ore. Among the speakers will be Dick Van der Maat, a grower of Japanese maples from Boskoop, The […]
Chemeketa Community College has announced several classes in horticulture, landscaping and agribusiness on its fall schedule. Among them are classes on growing media, green roofs/green walls, ecological design for water treatment, urban applications in ecological horticulture, and more. Check out the offerings on Chemeketa’s Hort Department Web page (scroll down to see fall classes).
Some nursery folks may really put their heart and soul into growing trees, but they’ve got nothing on this guy from Russia.
Major agricultural producers from Oregon met today with U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) to ask for his help in resolving a costly trade dispute between Mexico and the United States. There’s a press release about it here (PDF). The issue came to a boil in March, when Congress voted to scrap a pilot program that […]
Researchers probing linkages between the two North American strains and the European strain of Phytophthora ramorum – the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death – say they have found important clues to their origins. According to a USDA Agricultural Research service press release: Their evidence showed that the European lineage may be older than the […]
Last year, the Oregon Department of Forestry closed the D.L. Phipps Nursery for budgetary reasons, prompting foresters, Christmas tree growers and others to wonder where they would be able to obtain native seedlings. According to this article in the Capital Press (Salem, Ore.), IFA Nurseries has stepped in to become the answer to that question.
Congratulations to the folks over at J. Frank Schmidt & Son, who have launched www.royalraindrops.com, a new Web site dedicated entirely to the Royal Raindrops® crabapple. Snoop around a little … you might find a link to a useful article (PDF) or two.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today issued a federal order (PDF) restricting importation of several plants from several countries (mostly in Asia) due to the threat of the citrus longhorned beetle (pictured; photo courtesy of Wikipedia) and the Asian longhorned beetle. The affected countries include the following: Afghanistan, China, Japan, Indonesia, […]
Sean Hogan, co-founder of Cistus Nursery (Portland, Ore.), has a new book out called Trees for All Seasons: Broadleaved Evergreens for Temperate Climates. Kym Pokorny, garden writer at The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) recently interviewed him in conjunction with that book release. I particularly liked his answer to the question, “Why plant trees?”: An 88-year-old man […]