Patio with tropical style houseplants

Turn your patio into a tropical retreat.

When you think of a tropical oasis you may picture exotic plants with brightly colored flowers, or colossal leaves from another age eclipsing the sun and providing shady relief from the heat, and the birds’ unceasing trills, chatter and chirping, mixed with the sound of trickling water in the distance.

The summer months are upon us and the heat is making you thirsty. Why not just go out to your garden a pick exactly what you need for a nice refreshing mojito? This workshop will provide you with the fresh herbs you need to create some great thirst-quenching beverages.

A raised garden bed with carrots

Back in April, we revisited the Victory Gardens of the past in Plant a Victory Garden to Nurture Body & Soul, and recommended starting one your own during lockdown. Wow, did we garden! There was immense interest in vegetable gardening as seen in the more than 17,000 people who signed up for the Oregon State University Master Gardener's online Introduction to Vegetable Gardening course.

Summer is here and many beautiful butterflies are starting to emerge with the warmer weather. Invite them into your yard with a colorful beach bucket, planted with colorful and fragrant plants that attract butterflies.

nurseries for plants

The Wonderful World of Gardening

If you're like most young people today, you've probably grown up in an urban or semi-urban area where most people commute to work and nobody drives tractors. You may have had a backyard with a swing set, but not a cornfield outside your window. Perhaps you've even seen documentaries like "Food, Inc." or "Forks Over Knives" about how disconnected we are from our food system and being connected to the Earth. If you've been distraught over what you can do about it, or simply want to learn a new skill, why not take up gardening?

portland garden center

A survey done by the National Gardening Association shows that gardening is becoming increasingly popular in American homes. In 2017, approximately 117.6 million Americans did some sort of gardening. Every gardening enthusiast knows that finding the right plants is key to the success of your backyard garden project. Here are some items you need to tick off the list even as you bring the plants home.

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing more relaxing for some folks than doing some planting in their backyards.

yard garden

There has been no better time to get into home gardening than right now, as we all find ourselves at home with extra time on our hands.

colorful kale planted in a landscape

The idea of creating an edible landscape, also known as foodscaping, can seem like an undertaking that many of us hobbyist gardeners didn't have the time fore. But this summer, with a little more time on your hands and an interest in taking your garden sanctuary to the next level, imagine having a truly edible landscape right outside your door.

a deck with colorful patio furniture

If you just can’t wait for your favorite vacation destination to open up, try the next best thing. Bring the vacation to you by creating your own “six feet away” oasis in your backyard. Here are 3 easy tips to decking out your deck for summer relaxation.