Sunday, May 6, 2012

more plants...

This weekend was the Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair out at the Canby fairgrounds. Happens the first weekend of May each year and there are lots of local growers and garden artists struttin' their stuff... 200 to be exact.

Today was a beautiful day and there were lots of people about despite the fact that I seem to have this big, empty space in the front of my photo!

These striking blooms really caught our eye. Abutilon, Red Tiger. Hardy to zone 8.

We stopped by our friend, Marta Farris' booth to check out her garden sculpture and stash our purchases while we continued to shop. That's my pal Linley on the left with Marta. Marta's metal sculptures are really fun, several live in my  backyard. Her husband, Steve, makes these gorgeous steel urns. I already know where I'd put one...

 David and Linda Neff of D & L Woodworking, make the most comfortable Adirondack chairs this side of, well, the Adirondacks. Here, David tests the merchandise. We have one of their rockers, and it's the favored chair in our backyard during the summer.

This was one of my favorite displays. The Shady Lady Nursery in Aurora had put together these bright orange pots and baskets filled with purple coleus, orange and red begonias, and a trail of lime green. Brilliant color to liven up a shady area, and those orange pots, genius. 
The Shady Lady Nursery will be hanging out at the Milwaukie farmer's market on Sundays from 9 -2, for those in the Portland area. I really want to check those pots out again...

Along with all of the great plant material and garden art, there are educational talks by master gardeners, soil testing, exhibits, and of course food. So if you live in the Portland area and have never visited the Spring Garden Fair, put it on your calendar for next year, it's well worth it!