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Magnolias Burst Into Bloom

Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'

Deciduous magnolia start budding out before their leaves. It is a joy to watch the deeper colored buds swell to wide, lighter blossoms. The flowers come star shaped, with many petals looking like bursting fireworks, and saucer shaped, the larger petals sometimes creating a 12 inch flower.


Magnolia stellata 'Centennial Blush'

Grown in loose, well drained soil, magnolias thrive with regular water and an early spring mulch to keep the young roots cool. Once established, they will do fine with water only during the warm, dry months and a feeding of slow release balanced fertilizer in the spring. Full sun is best.

Magnolia x 'Alexander'

Magnolias can be large shrubs or small trees. Lightly prune to shape after flowering and once mature, trim off the bottom branches for a tree form.

Magnolia x 'Vulcan'

Enjoy the changes of colors as the flowers mature. They are prolific and cover the entire plant. Now is the best time to see the blossoms and choose the variety for your garden.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

Garden Buddies 2016: Vegetables and Garden Markers

You can eat what you grow!


Our Garden Buddies will plant their own vegetable of choice and paint a stone sign to mark its place in the garden. Making it easy to spot and care for the plant helps your little ones show off their 'Green Thumb' produce from start to harvest.


What:    Vegetables and Garden Markers

When:   April 9th, 2016 @ 10AM

Where:  Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     Free but Registration is Required


Phone:  503.649.4568

Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage our Garden Buddies to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.

Indoor Mini Gardens with Angie

Indoor Gardens: A great way to satisfy your urge to create with plants!



Angie will show you how to be successful whether you want to create indoor fairy gardens, grow sprouts and vegetable starts for salads and sandwiches on your counter top, or grow mini houseplants in a terrarium. Don't want to get dirty fingers? She'll also show air plant possibilities!



These sunny winter days we’ve been enjoying are revving our gardening engines, making us antsy to get our fingers in the soil. But, if you’re like me, you walk out to your garden and realize it’s still really soaked. Ahhh, the disappointment! The sun on my back feels like 65 degrees, but my garden soil, even in my raised beds, is more like 50 degrees. Certainly not warm enough to get many, if any, seeds to germinate! So, what’s a gardener to do?

Decorate and Protect with Hazelnut Shells

Protect your tender new spring growth with a local and renewable Willamette Valley product....hazelnut shells!


Available in the half-shell form or crushed, this lightweight mulch can be used to

  • Control slugs and snails: The tiny sharp edges of the shells deter slugs from crossing over or cut into the more persistent of them. Use around tender new growth or soft-leafed plants.
  • Suppress weeds: Use as a mulch. Prevents sunlight from germinating weed seeds. Easy to spread.


Mulch: The lightweight shells dry well on top yet act as a cover and retain soil moisture while keeping soil temperatures cooler than the air.

Great added to the top of the soil in your pots - particularly at this time of year when your plants are small and haven't grown into the size of your pot.

Decorate: The light color is attractive. Takes years to decompose. Use thickly on a natural path or lightly on your garden beds.

Ask for our Wally Roots line of hazelnut shells.

Striking Blue Lilac Daphne

Craving a change from the grays of winter?

four petaled clusters of lilac-like flowers along the branchesDAPHNE GENKWA radiates a blue light in your late winter garden. It blooms on bare branches before the leaves emerge leaving no distractions from the clusters of lilac-like flowers.

Also known as the lilac daphne, this small, upright growing shrub (3'x3') thrives in full sun and high heat - something we have been experiencing these last few summers. It can also take part shade.

As with all daphnes, good drainage is needed for success.

Step close and examine the tiny four petals of each perfect blossom. Lean in more to enjoy their sweet smell.

Garden Buddies 2016 - Rainbows and Flower Bulbs

Springtime showers and sunshine!

RAINBOW makers!


We see a lot of rainbows and flowers in the spring.
Bring your kids to Garden Buddies where they will discover the science behind rainbows through hands on activities and then dissect flower bulbs to learn all about them.
We'll also paint flower pots so they can plant a bulb of their own!
Hope to see you there!


 What:    Rainbows and Flower Bulbs

 When:   March 12th, 2016 @ 10AM

 Where:  Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

 Cost:     Free but Registration is Required


 Phone:  503.649.4568

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

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Gardeners have to plan ahead! Now, when those fall planted tulips and daffodils are starting to show, we have to plan for the summer bulbs.

Oriental lilies, Asiatic lilies, dahlias, freesias, gladiolas and tuberous begonias are but a few. 

yellow lily

What will grow best in your garden?                            

Do they need sun?

Can some grow in shadier areas?

What looks best planted en mass?

What can be accent plants?

How soon should you plant them?

If you plant them in the spring, when do they bloom?

So many questions! Elise has the answers.

Come learn those answers and much more. Discover tips and tricks you can use to create aromatic and colorful spots in your garden. Awe your neighbors with your summer creations!

When: March 19th, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please register


Phone: 503.649.4568

The second half of the class will be hands on.

Bring your favorite pot or purchase a new one.

We'll supply the potting soil!

Elise can help you choose a combination of bulbs and accent plants. She will guide you step by step for some summer bulb magic.

Not ready to do a large planter? Take this opportunity to get your begonias started inside while waiting to transplant them in warmer weather.

Winter Can Do's

Are you dreaming about the lush garden, green grass and bountiful harvest you are going to have this summer? Well, don't just sit there! There are many things that can be done now in the garden to make it easier once the spring growing hits us head on!

Prune! Spray! Clean! Lawn Care! Read on for more!

Introduction to Honey Bees

Beekeeper Alden Potter shares his experiences working with Honey Bees.

Although they are not native, Honey Bees are important to farmers, our food sources and our gardens.
Learn what you can do to help honey bees thrive. Find out what beekeeping is all about.

Read more about Alden Potter.

 What:   Introduction to Honey Bees

 When:  February 28th, 2016 @ 11AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

 Cost:     FREE but please REGISTER


 Phone:   503.649.4568