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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.

 

 

 

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!

 

What Can Earthworms Do For You?

What can earthworms do for you?

Leave castings!

Worms eat organic material and deposit a digested material called castings. This super humus has all the ingredients plants need to grow and flourish. It is rich in nutrients in a form that is easy for the plants to absorb. This is aided by the beneficial nematodes and bacteria that is also deposited through the process.

Is it smelly?  

  • No?

Is it easy to use?  

  • Yes, just like adding any other compost or mulch.

When do you use it?  

  • Add it when planting to improve the soil conditions and instant access to the plant roots. Earthworm castings do not burn.
  • Add it as a mulch around established plants for a boost of nutrients.
  • Top dress your lawn with it for lush healthy growth.
  • You can even make a foliar tea with the castings.

Our Farmer Brown's Earthworm Castings were made by worms fed with only organic materials. You can reduce your use of chemicals with a product that is 100% safe for people and animals.

Sweet Smelling and Sure to Please , Sweet Peas

 

Sweet Peas ( Lathyrus odoratus) are a vining annual with sweet smelling blossoms. The more you pick them, the more they bloom! Coming in a rainbow of colors, you can easily make a perfumed, vertically visual statement. Our seed packets give you a choice of stem lengths, heat resistance and intensity of scent. Choose one or all.

Sweet Peas like to be sown directly in the ground as soon as it is workable, even before the last frosts. Soaking them overnight or nicking their outer layer with some sandpaper helps them germinate faster. They appease your spring fever urge to start planting.

If you do not want to plant seeds we have starts ready for you.

Placed in a north-south direction for best sun exposure and in a rich, moist, well- drained soil, sweet peas will florish. Give them a netting or trellis to climb. Avoid planting in dry, hot areas as they like regular water. Mulching once the vines are taller than 8 inches helps.

With names like Royal Family Mixture, Perfume Delight, Old Spice and High Scent, it is difficult to pick just one.