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20th Anniversary History

              From a country roadside stand to the retail nursery we are today,                   Farmington Gardens has certainly grown over the past 20 years.

original retail area

 

Started in 1986 in Gaston by Linda Eshraghi and David Eshraghi, the stand was moved in 1988 to the parking area across the street from our present site.  During those early years, we were only open for the months of May, June and July.

 

early greenhouses

 

small store before greenhouses

After constructing hoop houses in 1989 and 1990, Farmington Gardens moved to our present location. The only buildings were the barn and a small store.

Over time, improvements have been made. A gravel parking lot was paved in 2002 and has been extended over the years. Additional offices were put up in 2008 to accommodate our growing staff.

 

breezeway by greenhouse

The new retail greenhouse, built in 2010, was the beginning of many changes to make Farmington Gardens more than a place to buy plants. We considered ways to make this a pleasant, learning experience for our customers.  Outdoor paths were paved. Tables were built so that plants are raised up. Main walkways were covered. Oregon liquid sunshine is great for plants and needn't deter our guests!  2011 was a productive year.

 

display garden with fountain

Our display garden was started in the same year. Although the basic structure  and design is there, like any garden, it is never finished. It is a continuing process and always worth a visit.

 

interior of giftshop

The gift shop was opened in 2013. This is pretty exciting and is sure to be an attraction with all the seasonal changes.

For those of you who have been long time customers, you will appreciate our mentioning the staff's happiness this year when we lost the 'little green rooms' to 'full flushers' :)

We are now open to the public eleven months of the year. We have a knowledgable staff who are ready to help both the novice and experienced gardener. Series of classes are held throughout the year as well as several customer appreciation events. Farmington Gardens has earned a respected reputation in Oregon and Southern Washington.

It has been a good 20 years.

We hope will join us in the 20th Anniversary celebrations going on this month.

 

 

 

20th Anniversary Celebrations Fun Day

Add a Wiggle to your Walk

Are your walks and pathways missing something? Why not add movement and drama!

Spiral topiaries

Trees that are shaped to sculptural spirals, poodle and pompon cuts or to fanciful forms, known as topiaries, have recently gained popularity in all size yards and landscapes. You do not need  to live at Downton Abbey®---topiaries can fit right into your garden.

Topiary
Choose a location that can be viewed from a window, patio or driveway. Place along your paths or deck---the curvy forms can add the element of movement to your garden.

 

Spiral topiaryEven if you have a large house on a tight lot you can add a pair of urns with spiraled trees to flank your entry way.

Care and culture is specific to the underlying tree species and variety.  Give regular watering during the summer months for both new and established plantings. Take care to water container-planted topiaries that are under a roof overhang both in the summer and in the winter.

Topiaries along the garden pathPruning would be the same as for hedge maintenance.  Every spring do a main shaping and remove new candles on conifers and any growth outside the shape. In August, examine again and clip off any errant growth.

Containers should not become root bound.

Along paths and anywhere near your planting, be very careful not to overspray with herbicide. Evergreens are especially sensitive and you want to avoid destroying the shape.

While walking through your garden, why not give some thought to adding a topiary? Come in to Farmington Gardens and walk through our display gardens and topiary trees for ideas that you can easily implement!

 

How Do You Take Care of Those Huge Dahlias?

Who doesn't smile when they see the large dahlia blossoms? They are looking wonderful at this time of year.

You, our customers often ask us how long will they last and do they come back each year. You needn't be hesitant about taking one of these beauties home.

  • With a little care, you can enjoy them all summer long. This applies whether you keep them in pots or plant them in the ground.

Dahlias like full sun. Without it, they will not bloom as well and can get tall and floppy.

They also like regular water down to the roots but do not like to sit in the wetness. That means, if grown in pots, you will probably have to water daily in the warmer months. If you plant in the garden, a long, deep watering twice a week or more will do. Soaker hoses can do this nicely.

Fast draining soil. Amend your garden soil with compost. Our Garden Valley compost is a great mix of peat moss, sand, volcanic pumice and perlite.

Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen is the first number. If it is high, you will get lots of leafy growth. The next two numbers, potassium and phosphorus, will promote good roots, strong stalks and more blossoms. Dr Earth Bud and Bloom, 4-10-7, has an excellent ratio. This can be added every 3 - 4 weeks, more often for plants in pots.

You can stake your dahlias to support the whole plant or to just hold up big blossoms. Bamboo, tomato cages, and wire hoops are all available. Be careful not to place them too close to the center of the plant as this could damage the tubers beneath the soil.

Watch for any slug, insect or disease problems and use the appropriate treatment.

With this care, your dahlias should keep blooming all summer long. Deadhead them so plant energy does not go to making seed but to producing new blooms. Still better, cut the flowers before they fade and bring them into the house for long lasting arrangements.

  • Will your dahlias come back next year? Yes! Again, all it takes a little care.

You can dig up the dahlia tubers and store them until next year. Certain guidelines need to be followed. Or, you can also just leave the tubers where they are.
If in a pot, bring them in the garage for the winter, place under an overhang or simply cover the pot with something to keep our winter rains off. Water causing the tubers to rot kills more dahlias than the cold of our Pacific Northwest.
If you want to leave the dahlias in the ground, cut back the foliage once it has been blackened by the frost. Cover the ground with some plastic or thick cardboard to prevent the area from getting too soaked. Mulch for some protection from the cold. Remember to remove all this come spring and you can enjoy them all over again!

Dahlias are huge showstoppers in any yard, patio or deck. Now that you know how to keep them at their optimum all season long, the hard part will be choosing what color you want. Red ... yellow…white…orange…multi-colored….