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A Bouquet of Hellebores

Helleborus 'Snow Fever'

A bouquet of winter blossoms!

That's what you will find under last year's leaves.

This is the time of year to get out and cut back the more tattered leaves off your hellebores. They are evergreen and are a wonderful architechtural addition to your garden but they may have taken a beating from the earlier winter storms. New growth will replace them soon.

            Before pruning After pruning ( Click on the photo to see the mass of blooms to come)

Being able to enjoy the blossoms as they open is well worth the effort. On top of that, you will be able to spot any seedlings. Bonus! Move those babies to another bed for more growing space and TLC.

Jacob Pink Frost Cinnamon Snow

When buying new plants, look at the blossom color and shape. Many of the newer varieties also have colorful stems, different leaf color and leaf shape. Their names reflect their hardiness at this time of year.                    

Enjoy them in a planter by your front door for this first season. As long as they don't have strong sun, regular moisture is all that is needed. Move them out to the garden later.  Hellebores prefer part shade making them great understory plantings. Once established, they are drought tolerant.

Seed Starting Class 2016

seed starting suppliesNeed help getting started with your gardens this year? Jenny can help you decide what you can grow in the spaces you have.

Making a plan is the first step. The next is creating a timeline for your choices.

Which seeds can be planted now?

Do you plant them directly outside or start them inside?

Jenny will give you tips for growing both vegetable and flower seeds.

Learn the options you have when starting them inside, how to nurture the seedlings and how to transplant them.

Find out about planting seeds outside and the best ways to protect that tender new growth from Mother Nature's constant changes.

Using the proper techniques, you will be successful at growing your own produce and blooms from start to finish.


When:  February 27th, 2016 @ 1PM

              Repeated on

              February 29th, 2016 @ 10AM

Where:  Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:      Free but please REGISTER


Phone:   503.649.4568


Spring Flowering Shrubs

boule de neige rhododendron
Boule de Neige
Azalea Hino Crimson Oregon Grape

Spring comes with a burst of color!  Whether you have a small yard or large, there is a spring flowering shrub for you. Living in this area with one of the longest springs in the country, you can have blossoms for months on end.

Our shrub expert, Lou, will share with you his favorites. There is an amazing variety of spring bloomers available, be they pink, white, yellow, red and colors in between. Knowing shrub sizes, leaf color and bloom time will help you design for that long flowering season.

Join us to see what is already in bloom and what is soon to burst out in blossom. Learn their growth size and where they are best planted in your garden.

          If you want to heat up your spring fever with new ideas or control it with planning,  this class is for you!

When:  March 5th, 2016 @   1 PM and repeated on

             March 7th, 2016 @ 10AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568


lilac tinkerbelle
Pieris japonica
Valley Valentine


Microgreens, from Seed to Table in 7-14 Days!

Microgreens for Winter Health & Taste

Unlike sprouts, microgreens are vegetables or herbs that are grown in a shallow container of media (also known as seed-starting mix) by a sunny windowsill or under fluorescent lights. Microgreens are harvested when plants are small and immature, with just their first pair of leaves, called cotyledons. In this tender young stage, nutrients are concentrated, textures are delicate, and you can enjoy the essence of each flavor as an accent to your favorite dish.
If you are repurposing a container, use a shallow one with drainage holes, such as a recycled plastic clamshell container, like those used for berries or cherry tomatoes in the grocery store. Make sure to first wash the container in warm soapy water to remove debris and then sanitize in a 1:9 ratio of bleach to water for 30 minutes. When the containers have finished soaking, rinse them in clean water prior to use.

Fill your container up to a half-inch from the rim with a sterile planting mix. Make sure the soil stays moist, but not soggy. Watering by soaking the tray from below will prevent soil from splashing onto the plants. Frequently misting with a spray bottle will also help to achieve the right germinating conditions, but requires more attention. Most varieties are ready in 7-14 days when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.

Growing microgreens isn't just practical; it's also fun! This winter, they will not only enhance the flavor of all your meals, but they will also give you that gardening "fix" when it's still cold outside. Liven up the dinner table by adding an interactive element. Think how fun it will be for kids or guests to snip their own microgreen freshness from the tray right onto their plates. Everyone will be saying, "Pass the microgreens, please!"

Try one of these easy to grow Microgreens mixes.

Microgreens Peas for Shoots Organic Heirloom Seeds
Microgreens Red Winter Kale Heirloom Seeds
Microgreens Savory Mix Seeds
Microgreens Sunflower Organic Heirloom Seeds
Microgreens Upland Cress Heirloom Seeds
Microgreens Mild Mix
Microgreens Spicy Mix

Watch them grow!

Sweet Box Lives up to its Name

A much overlooked winter flowering plant is the sarcococca or Sweet Box. The white blossoms along the branches may be tiny, but, oh my, what a perfume they have!

Able to grow in partial or full shade, sarcococca is drought tolerant once established. This is not something you might be thinking about at this time of year but, come summer, you will appreciate it. They do like a rich soil.

Evergreen, the glossiness of the leathery leaves is a year round attraction. These dense plants can be used as a border along a path, as a foundation planting, under tall rhododendrons or camellias, or in containers.  If they are out where they will be battered by the elements, you can trim them back after blooming to remove any damaged growth.  If they are protected somewhere under the eaves, tall shrubs or a front overhang, their lush appearance needs little care. They can produce dark blue-black or red berries.  They take acidic fertilizers like Dr. Earth Acid Lovers.

Wherever you place Sweet Box, make sure it is somewhere you pass by on a winter day. They bloom mid-January through March depending on the weather. You will be enchanted by the perfume.


A decorative pot full of sarcococa right by your front door is not only attractive to the eye, your sense of smell is also brought into the scheme.


For a short time, try using a smaller sized sarcococca as a houseplant – a natural and beautiful way to condition the air in your home.


Sarcococca ruscifolia is taller and upright (4-6 feet) while sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis is more of a low spreader growing to only half that height.

Edgeworthia- A Plant for all Seasons

The attraction of shrubs with winter interest is usually subtle. Not so with Edgeworthia, sometimes called a Chinese Paperbush.

Let's start with the bark. The reddish color and texture tempts you reach out and touch. The round shape of the multi-stemmed bush concentrates the color of the branches. Edgeworthia chrysantha grows up to 5-6 feet but can be kept smaller with pruning after bloom.

The blue-green leaves are tropical-like with their simple fullness. They turn yellow before they drop to reveal the already forming flower buds.

The flowers are the best part of edgeworthia. The buds are white and covered with light silky hairs. They form on the tips of the branches and when the sun shines on them, they seem to glow. These buds continue to swell late fall through early winter. Because the flowers are in clusters, the bud almost looks like a single white flower but surprise comes mid winter. If you have been ignoring your shrub, you won't now. The yellow and cream blossoms open wide and seem to cover the entire bush. You can't miss their wonderful fragrance.

Easily cared for in moist, well drained soil and in full or part sun, edgeworthia will certainly be the talk of your winter garden!

Garden Buddies 2016 - All About Seeds

It's the start of a new year and new beginnings.

What could be better than our Garden Buddies learning about seeds!


There are so many kinds of seeds that can grow into so many different kinds of plants. With Jenny's help, our Farmington Garden Buddies will be able to create a blend of their own seeds to grow. They can construct and decorate a personalized pouch to take the seeds home. The perfect make-and-take of a custom seed packet!

What: Learn About Seeds

When: February 13th, 2016 from 10AM to 11AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but Registration is Required


Phone: 503.649.4568

Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 years old but Garden Buddies is open to all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage the children to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.

Local Native Pollinators

Master Gardener and Native Pollinator Specialist Ron Spendal is returning this year with a comprehensive set of one hour classes about pollinators, their care, and how to attract them. This will be the third of the series. Look for a final class in November.


Learn about the interesting variety of local native pollinators and when to look for them in our area. Information will be shared on how to attract them to your garden and landscape.


What:   Local Native Pollinators
When:  March 5th, 2016 @11AM
Where: Farmington Gardens
             21815 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton OR 97007
Cost:   FREE but please REGISTER
Phone:  503.649.4568

Raising Mason Bees

Mason bees are easy to raise.

Master Gardener and Native Pollinator Specialist Ron Spendal is returning this year with a comprehensive set of one hour classes about pollinators, their care, and how to attract them. The second of the series will be about the care of mason bees.



Mason bee nesting needs and options will be discussed as will the care of the bees during their life cycle. Following some simple guidelines, you will be able to start, grow and maintain a mason bee population for pollinating your garden and landscape.



What:   Raising Mason Bees

When:  February 27th, 2016 @ 11AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:    FREE but please Register


Phone:   503.649.4568

Introduction to Mason Bees

Learn the simple basics of mason bees.

Master Gardener and Native Pollinator Specialist Ron Spendal is returning this year with a comprehensive set of one hour classes about pollinators, their care, and how to attract them. The first of the series will be about mason bees.



These solitary bees are very docile and are excellent early spring pollinators. One mason bee can do the pollination work of 100 honey bees! Understanding and caring for mason bees is very interesting and easy. They are beneficial to every gardener, no matter the garden type.


What:   Introduction to Mason Bees

When:  February 20th, 2016 @11AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:   FREE but please REGISTER


Phone:  503.649.4568