Events and Classes at Farmington Gardens

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What's New and Blooming 4/15/2015

 Hanging Baskets for Shade or Sun

shade hanging basket fuchsia 

                        Freesia                                         Clematis 'Bourbon'

yellow freesia clematis 'Bourbon'

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Impatient for Strawberries!

I can’t wait until June!  Why?  Because I just put in my first strawberry patch and I want home grown, warm from the sun, perfectly ripe strawberries!!!

Here’s what you need to know to grow your own patch: First choose a variety

There are two main types of strawberry plants.  June-bearers produce one crop in June/July and are great if you need large quantities for making jams or large desserts. Everbearers or day neutrals which produce two or more crops per year, one in June/July and one in fall with a scattering of fruit in between, give you fresh picking all summer long.

This year Farmington Gardens is carrying the June-bearers 'Hood' and 'Chandler' strawberries and the everbearing 'Albion', 'Quinault', 'Seascape' and 'Sequoia' strawberries.

Next choose a planting area in full sun. We recommend adding Dr. Earth Starter fertilizer. It is natural, has the optimum level of primary ingredients for your strawberry starts, and has mycorrhizae to help the roots absorb those nutrients. Dr Earth Starter

Plant the June-bearers in a rows about 15” apart with space for the runner plants to fill in to form a matted row.  Plant the everbearer strawberries about 12” apart as these plants do not produce the number of runners that the June-bearing plants produce. Place the strawberries in the ground by spreading the roots out and setting the plant such that the midpoint of the crown is level with the soil.

Your June-bearer plants will produce very little fruit the first year, but the everbearers will produce a small crop the year they are planted. Strawberries have shallow roots so be sure to keep them well watered.

Now, just wait. This summer, enjoy the sun and the strawberries.

   

 

CELEBRATE SPRING WITH APPETIZER IDEAS FOR

WEDDING SHOWERS, GRADUATION PARTIES, AND MOTHER'S DAY

Spring is in the air!  The sun is out (most of the time), birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and all that good stuff.  And what do people like to do when spring arrives?  Why celebrate, of course.  In typical mathematical terms, celebrations = food, and that’s where we come into the picture. 

Please join us for our first Garden to Table Cooking Class of the summer series. We’ll offer some suggestions for simple and delicious Appetizers to make your next gathering something special.

  •      Spiced Blueberry Marmalade on Herbed Mascarpone & Ricotta Crostini
  •      Two Hummus:  Chickpea & Avocado
  •      Smoked Salmon
  •      Herbed Chicken Salad in Crispy Filo Cups
  •      Strawberries Stuffed with Sweetened Greek Yogurt
  •      And for Dessert:  Fruited Ice Cream Terrine, with Raspberry, Peach, and Boysenberry Ice Cream

     PLUS:  Demonstration on how to assemble a quick, 5 minute appetizer board

Each class includes FREE recipes and FREE samples of everything we cook.

When:  April 18th, 2015 from 10:30 - 11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     Free but please register

Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone:  503.649.4568

Rhododendron 'Ken Janeck'

Ken Janeck Yak Rhododendron pink flowers Ken Janeck Yak Rhododendron pink flowers, white flowers

 

The rhododendron 'Ken Janeck' is perfect for gardens which have a smaller footprint. It is compact and mounding, growing only 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The truss of flowers start out with dark pink buds and open to a paler pink that fades to white.

'Ken Janeck' is a yak rhododendron which means fuzzy underleaf of Ken Janeck Yak Rhododendronit has thick, leathery leaves with fawn colored indumentum - a fuzzy covering on the back side of the leaves. These are great deterrents against lacebugs.

Planted in shade or part sun in well drained acidic soil, rhododendron yakushimanum 'Ken Janeck' will give you a long bloom time starting mid spring.