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Camellias and a Garden of Winter Blossoms

camellia sasanqua "Yuletide", red blooms with yellow stamensOur wonderful autumn weather has caused many of the fall and winter blooming plants to burst out even earlier than usual. If you look around your neighborhood and see a short evergreen tree covered in fiery red blossoms, it is likely to be a 'Yuletide' camellia.  Who is thinking Yuletide near Halloween and before Thanksgiving? So it goes this year. Luckily, these blooms will continue for several months through the winter festivities.

Farmington Gardens has a large variety of these fall through winter blooming camellias. The sasanquas have pliable branches that are easily espaliered or trained to a trellis. They are wonderful covering an unsightly fence as they are evergreen and take part to full shade. Their blooms, in a dreary time of year, are a bonus!camellia sasanqua 'White Doves'

Camellia sasanqua come in a variety of colors from white like 'White Doves' to soft pink to various shades of red and mixtures in between. Some have single petals with bright yellow stamens like the 'Yuletide' while others are semi-double or even double. The camellia sasanqua 'Pink-a-Boo' even treats us to fragrance.                  


camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller', pink flowersWhile most camellia sasanquas can be used in a woodland setting, as a specimen plant or even as a complete border and privacy screen, we are introducing this year a new prostrate form. Marge Miller is the first ever sasanqua that can be used as a ground cover, even weeping over walls.  Growing only 10 to 14 inches tall with a 4 foot spread, this evergreen with soft pink blossoms is sure to be a stand out in the right place in your garden.

Indiana Jones Themed Special Event

Join us at our Indiana Jones themed event this weekend.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday store-wide discounts of 40%.

This includes most trees, all shrubs, grasses, perennials and annuals, tools, giftshop items and all garden essentials. Seasonal items included but not our fantastic decorations put up for this occasion. We would like to keep some of those creepy items around for next year's event!


Saturday and Sunday from 11AM until 3PM.

Special screenings of Indiana Jones movies. Watch for enjoyment or to help you with clues to some of the games which includes daily Scavenger Hunts and Snake Walks

The Obstacle Course looks particularly fun...LOOK OUT FOR THE ROCK!

We are adding two new areas this year, The Indy Pub for the entire family and a Beer Garden for those 21 and over.

Saturday Only Events

Pet Costume Contest at 12 Noon

Have fun showing off your well behaved friend in an Indie themed costume or whatever they will allow you to dress them in! Please allow time to register.

Oregon Reptile Man from 1PM - 3PM

Indiana Jones was afraid of snakes but you needen't be. Come see the The Reptile Man who will have on display an outstanding variety of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises that have been rescued in the Pacific Northwest.  Featuring 15-20 reptiles from around our world at each presentation, these predators capture hearts of all....... well, almost all.

Richard Ritchey is a professional full time Herpetologist who brings unique insights, observations and humor to his exciting live reptile shows.

Click on the photo for some live action of a Reptile Man's display.

Japanese Anemones are Great Fall Bloomers


Japanese anemone 'Pocohontas' Japanese anemone 'Whirlwind'

While most flowering perennials are slowly shutting down, Japanese Anemones are still in full bloom. Starting in August, they set flower 6 to 8 weeks, well into the fall!

The blossoms make wonderful cut-flower arrangements as the sturdy stalks hold their heads high. Ranging from singles to doubles and everything in between, the different varieties can be white, pink or deep pink. All have buttercup yellow centers. Massed in the garden, Japanese anemones demand attention from passers by.

Grown in part to full sun, Japanese anemones can take most soil types but like regular water. Their leaves will burn in the hot sun if the soil dries out.

They form solid clumps, spreading by underground rhizomes. In good garden conditions, they can be invasive but can be grown in containers or are lovely as a border. Cut them back to the ground at the end of the season but take the time to enjoy the interesting seed heads first.

Most grow up to 3 feet or more but the double rose pink ‘Pocohontas’ is compact, growing only half that height. All are prolific bloomers and a wonderful addition to your garden.


                                         Japanese anemone 'Pamina'  

Please join us for our very last Garden to Table class of the year as we wind up our series of fourteen classes with an eye to the holidays.  Soon the season will be upon us, and countless hosts and hostesses will be working hard to make their party or family gathering extra special just for you.  How about returning the favor?  Wine and flowers are welcome hostess gifts, but how about preparing something that will make the day following the big event memorable? 

In this class, we have organized the recipes by themes and will prepare a dish our two that you can add to a gift basket that will be just right for those special people.


      Banana- Coconut Bread


      All Cylinders Trail Mix

      Granola Bars


      Special Seasoned Popcorn

      Peppermint Bark


      Marinated Mozzarella Balls

      Olive Tapenade

      Smoked Salmon

Not only that!  Since it is our last class until spring, we will do a little celebrating ourselves by offering a special cake and champagne/sparkling cider for dessert.   We will also create special gift baskets featuring our recipes and some beautiful gifts from our Gift Shop at Farmington Gardens. A drawing will be held for our class participants – you might be one of the lucky ones to take a basket home!

When: October 11, 2014 @ 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Where: Famington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER

          Class size is limited


Phone: 503.649.4568



Garden to Table: Tomatoes, Tomatillos & Peppers


What a tremendous year for gardens!  Tomatoes are early this year, and many of us are experiencing a bumper crop.  We wait for them all year long and when they finally get here we can’t get enough.  However, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with all those beautiful jewels.  In this class, we’ll explore some new, easy, and fun ways to make the most of not only our tomato harvest, but peppers and tomatillos as well.

Except for dessert of course.  It is summer after all, and we’ve been thinking about campfires, marshmallows, chocolate, and so…

Here’s what we’ll be serving:

     Roasted Red Peppers and ways to use them:

  •      Romesco Sauce
  •      Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  •      Chili Rellenos with Salsa Verde (Green Chili Sauce)
  •      Grilled Chicken with Tomato Vinaigrette
  •      Roasted Tomato Bread Pudding
  •     Grilled Green Tomatoes

And for dessert:

  •     S'mores Bars 

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

When: September 20, 2014 @ 10:30AM- 11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568

Recipes: Grill Roasted Red Peppers, Romesco Sauce, Red Pepper Hummus

Garden to Table: Fall Soups

It’s happening…fall has arrived, and we’ve begun settling in for the change in seasons.   Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and we actually have rain once in awhile! When there’s a chill in the air, our thoughts turn to cooking – and oftentimes that involves soup.  During this class, we’ll share recipes and samples of a variety of soups you can make from your garden harvest. 

Here’s what we’ll be serving:

  • Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Crème Fraiche
  • Rainbow Soup (Where two soups are served in one bowl, each poured into a different side at the same time, creating the opportunity to eat one type or mix together in a swirling design).  For this Rainbow Soup, we’ll be making: Roasted Red Pepper Soup along with a Creamy Corn Bisque. This will be served with Cornbread.
  • Late Harvest Vegetable Stew – a thick vegetable stew with Cannellini Beans and Farro

And for dessert:

  • Mom’s Texas Cake & Ice Cream

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

When: October 4th, 2014 @ 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     Free but please REGISTER


Phone:  503.649.4568

Recipes: Click Here To Download (.docx)


Time for Fall Lawn Care

Our lawn grasses in this area are ‘cool season’ grasses which means they grow best in temperatures between 50 degrees and the low 60’s. Fall provides these temperatures, along with warm soil and ample rainfall. Now is the perfect time to do your lawn maintenance and make the most of these seasonal temperatures.

Aerating: Allows water and nutrients to get down to the grass roots.
Dethatching: Removes a matted layer of built up dead grass.
Topdressing: Add an inch of compost or planting mix over your lawn. The grass will grow straight through it.
Fertilizing: Feeding your grass during this active period helps establish strong roots and lush, green growth.
Liming: Our soils tend to be acidic. An addition of lime will create sweeter growing conditions for grasses. 50 pounds of lime per 1000 square feet is recommended.
Seeding: Areas that are thin due to heavy traffic or animal wastes can be spot seeded. Entire lawns can be overseeded.
Weed Control: Ridding your lawn of existing weeds or preventing new seedlings from sprouting is a good idea. Little weeds grow into big weeds! Beware of the timing of any products as you don’t want to prevent your grass seed from sprouting!


Farmington Gardens has both bag and bulk soils available for top dressing.

We have several types of lawn fertilizer, organic and otherwise, with various combinations of insecticides and pre-emergents.

We have grass seed for sun or shade.

Come on by. Our staff is available to help with your many options.

Why Is Autumn The Best Time to Plant?

Autumn is THE time to plant!

I’m sure you have heard that expression many times and think it just might be a gimmick for garden centers to sell product. Not so!

Although springtime finds the gardener with energy and enthusiasm to get out and put into effect plans made during the cold, gray winter months, any plants that are ready to wake and get growing out of their pots are often slowed by the ups and downs of our spring temperatures and the cold wet soil.

During these autumnal months, the soil is warm and when mixed with some good compost, the roots of newly planted trees, shrubs and hardy perennials which are still actively growing, will stretch out in it.  Actually, these roots will continue growing and strengthening over the winter months. This applies also to deciduous plants that lose their leaves and seem to be sleeping. Come spring, the plants will have settled in and can spend their energy pushing out new growth and becoming the lush vision you dreamed of.

Hardy Hibiscus - Rose of Sharon

As the colors in our gardens are changing to the yellows, oranges and reds of late summer, there is an easy-care flowering shrub that goes against this trend. The hardy hibiscus, also known as the Rose of Sharon, has large blossoms of white, shades of pink, lavender and combinations of all of those colors.


Pink Chiffon Woodbridge Lucy

Planted in full or part sun, the hibiscus syriacus is drought tolerant once established. The vase-shaped shrub can grow to 12 feet when not pruned. Over time the limbs will arch down. They have a mass of smaller flowers this way but, when pruned back, they will produce larger blossoms. It can also be trained to a tree form. Pruning should be done during the winter months.

The tubular flowers can be single or double depending on the variety. Some are bi-colored while others are solid. The Chiffons have double and pretty pastel colored blooms.

Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, they are long bloomers. This is not because the blossoms last a long time but because there are so many!

                                   Aphrodite                          Danica

While not the 'tropical' variety, our hardy hibiscus have flowers that have been known to be used by young girls to make leis. Try one at your next luau.

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.