Events and Classes at Farmington Gardens

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Garden to Table: Hops and Home Brewing

 

 

Learn all about growing hops in your garden with Chris Lee from Eshraghi Nursery.

Take a walk with him to our display garden to learn the next step, gathering fresh hops.

Experience first hand the different and exclusive process of 'wet hopping'.- brewing beer with those fresh hops. This is a brand new class.

Chris will discuss how to calculate how much to use to create a unique flavored Northwest beer which can be brewed only at this time of year.

When: September 6th, 2014 @ 1:00PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: $10. includes a one gallon Cascade hops vine.

Reserve your spot today.

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

Winter Vegetable Gardens

It may seem odd to be thinking of a winter garden during these warm days of summer but vegetable seeds and starts have time and temperature constraints to grow to term. They need to be getting established now.

winter vegetables in raised bedYou can use the same area as your summer garden, with added protections, or choose a new area where it will get the most of the low winter sun, is well drained, and is protected from strong, cold winds. Reflected heat from a building would extend your growing season, as could cold frames, hoop houses or remay. Whatever method you use, having fresh produce in the colder months certainly helps with your grocery bills when the stores raise the prices.

Vegetables are heavy feeders. Amend your soil before planting your winter garden. As the nights get cooler and the days get shorter, your list of vegetables to grow is also shortened. The advantage of planting at this time of year is that the soil is already warm and all seeds germinate quickly. You need not start them inside as you do early spring. This avoids the posibility of root and tender stem damage when transplanting.

'Gold Spot' Dogwood Blooms Again!

Gold Spot Dogwood is one of the few trees to bloom in the fall.

The treat is that this Cornus nuttalli ‘Gold Spot’ blooms in the spring before the leaves come out and reblooms at this time of year. Showy, creamy-white bracts surround a green flower that later in the season can produce a small red fruit.

Like most dogwoods, ‘Gold Spot’ does best with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Being a hybrid, 'Gold Spot' has fewer disease problems than some other dogwoods.

The name comes from the unusual variegation on the green leaves. Even more of the yellow or whitish spots and blotches on the leaves appear as the tree ages. The multicolored leaves of gold and orange in the fall give the tree long seasonal interest. It would be a wonderful addition to your garden.

 

Able to grow to 35 feet tall, you can keep it lower by pruning after the second bloom time.

You would not want to chance cutting off this second flush of blossoms.

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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.