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Freshen Your Air With Houseplants

Most gardeners enjoy being out in the fresh air and feel a little stressed from the stale indoor winter air in our well insulated and sealed homes. Houseplants to the rescue!

Studies done by NASA and several major universities have confirmed that chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene can be given off from everyday cleaning products, furniture, flooring, even your electronic and printing equipment! Cardio and respiratory problems can result.

Houseplants, not only release oxygen into the air – helping us to better think and exercise, they are able to absorb some of this air pollution. The more plants you have in a room, the fresher your home air is. It is recommended to have a minimum of one plant per 100 square feet of floor space.

All houseplants can do this. They help create beautiful spaces in your home and can be very calming. A stress reducer? Who does not need that? If you want to talk to your plants, that can be healing too. Bottom line, houseplants are a great for everyone.

Happily, some of the top air freshening houseplants are ones that enjoy the bright indirect light we have in our Pacific Northwest homes. They include dracenae- particularly the red-edged ones, spider plants, pothos, peace lilies, weeping figs, philodendrons, parlor palms or bamboo palms and oddly, the very easy to grow snake plant.

Try your green thumb with any one of these. If you need help with their care, our customer service staff are very knowledgeable and ready to help.

By the way, poinsettias, cyclamen, Christmas cactus and living or fresh-cut trees also help keep the season and our air bright! See, you are already on the right track at this time of year!

Christmas Living and Christmas Cut

There are many options when it comes to choosing your Christmas tree.

The traditions of Christmases past usually have a strong influence on you when making that decision but there are other considerations. Once you have decided to choose local and natural, then you have to think about having a fresh-cut tree or a living tree.

We are offering Noble and Nordmann firs, two of the best for long lasting needles and strength of branches as fresh-cut trees. Choosing between two kinds makes it easier.

Fat Alberta spruce
Grand fir Hoopsii spruce Dwarf Alberta spruce Fat Albert spruce

It gets more difficult when choosing a living tree. There are more options than just size! Maybe you are lucky enough to have already decided on a new tree for your garden and know what it is you want.  We have many trees that can come inside for a time during the holiday season and can then be put outside and later planted to enjoy for many years to come.

Limber pine Bakeri spruce Pinus fastiagatus Horstmann's silberlocke
Limber pine Bakeri spruce Fastigiata pine Horstmann's Silberlocke

If you think you would like to go this route and are not sure what tree might work in your overall holiday décor, stop by to see the possibilities. There are many different types of firs, spruce and pines that will look wonderful all decked out and later serve as a focal point in your yard, along your driveway or as part of an ever growing landscape planting for wildlife in your garden.

noble trees thunderhead pines
Nobles Thunderhead pines

Come feel and smell the trees. Imagine them inside or on your front porch covered with lights and other decorations. Ask our customer service for help as to the trees’ growth habits and possibilities of keeping in a pot for a year or two.


             You could make the memories and beauty of this Christmas                                have a place in your yard all year long!


Information on the care of living Christmas trees.

Holiday Open House 2014

Save the date!

You are invited to

Farmington Gardens' Holiday Open House

November 15th and 16th, 2014

Boost your holiday spirit! Enjoy the ambience while getting decorating ideas from our greenhouse and gift shop seasonal displays.                    

Find that unique ornament, houseplant, poinsettia or fresh greenery that showcases your special style. Experience the beauty of the blooming hellebores and camellias.

Shop our huge variety of fresh, fragrant wreaths. These are beautiful displayed inside your home or outside on a door or gate. Mantle toppers and door swags are also available to help set your holiday scene.


Bring friends, family and camera to take a photo with Santa.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting both days from 11AM- 1PM

Wreath and Centerpiece Group Workshop

Posterized wreath on a red barn wallLooking for a fun holiday activity to do with friends or associates? Embellish a wreath or create a centerpiece for the holiday season. Great for garden clubs, co-workers, activity groups or just a group of friends and family! Call to schedule your own private group workshop for any day of the week.

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity! Assorted greens, cones, dried seeds, twigs and other natural material will be available along with a basic wreath or base for a centerpiece. Feel free to bring other special items you might like to use. Ducks and Beavers seem to appear at all times of year but sentimental Christmas ornaments or toys could work too!

Time slots fill quickly so be sure to call ahead to schedule your group's fun holiday activity.

When: Any day of the week

Time slots available: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, and 2:00 PM - 4:00PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

Group Size: Minimum of 5 to a maximum of 20 people

Cost: Wreath $30 or Centerpiece $20

Email: or

Call: 503.649.4568

Holiday Wreath and Centerpiece Workshops

Oh so simple, fun and uniquely yours!

Misty and Stephanie will help you choose from a variety of seasonal material to spice up a wreath or create a unique centerpiece.

Start with one of our basic 24" noble fir wreaths and customize it with an assortment of greens, dried seeds, cones, twigs and other natural materials - all of which we provide!

Bring in any special items you might like to include. Your creative ideas and our staff's knowledge and sense of design are sure to result in a memorable piece for your home or to give as a gift.


Or, add to your holiday decor by fashioning a centerpiece for your hallway or dining table. Thanksgiving and Christmas are holiday times of year when you invite friends over to your home. Delight them with your one-of-a-kind designs.

We'll supply the materials, you supply the creativity. Bring any special items you might want to use in addition to the greens, natural materials and small ornaments supplied.

Because we found this class to be a favorite group activity with visiting friends and family members on Thanksgiving weekend, we have added even more classes.

When: November 22nd, 2014 @11am-1pm

             November 29th, 2014 @11am-1pm

             December  6th, 2014 @11am-1pm

             December 13th, 2014 @11am-1pm                        

Where: Farmington Gardens

Cost: $30 for a wreath and $20 for the centerpiece

Preregistration and prepayment required.

Email: or

Call: 503.649.4568

Holiday Activities 2014

As the days shorten, we spend more time indoors. Friends and family stop by to visit.
Farmington Gardens wants to help you create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home. Our Open House will inspire you with new decorating ideas or remind you of your fond must-have traditional ones. Classes are scheduled to help you create your own unique centerpieces and wreaths.




Shop for your Christmas Trees

November 22 through the week before Christmas

Choose from our large variety of cut and living trees.


Wreath and Centerpiece Workshops

November 22nd from 11am - 1pm

November 29th  from 11am - 1pm

December 6th    from 11am - 1pm

December 13     from 11am - 1pm

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Private family or group workshops available during the week or at other times on the weekend. These are always fun and filled with laughter.

Call to schedule a convenient time for your group.  503.649.4568


Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus

December 13th and 14th from 11am -1pm

December 20th and 21rst from 11am -1pm


Fragrant Wreaths for Your Corporate Holiday Gifts

Let Farmington Gardens help you say ‘Thank You’ to everyone on your corporate gift list.

As your local supplier of wreaths for the past 20 years, we know how to make it easy for you to have one of our fragrant, hand-tied wreaths sent fresh from our doors to your clients' doors.

Our experience and use of only the highest quality of greens show in the craftmanship of these beautiful wreaths. Take advantage of this convenient way to show your clients and employees how much you appreciate their loyalty.

Call us today at 503.649.4568 and let us assist you with your holiday gift program.




Discounts available on large orders.

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'