Terra Nova Drive-By

In June I attended HPSO Study Weekend in Portland. I have yet to blog about all the great gardens I saw in association with that event , but no doubt that will occupy some of my time during those long dark winter nights that are looming ahead.
 I always prefer to drive when  heading up to Portland  and because of the distance I do the trip with a stopover on the way. On my way home I did a partial Interstate 5 and coastal route combo and decided to take a detour off  I5 to drive by Terra Novas' dramatically colorful display gardens. My ultimate destination that day was Brookings, a seaside town only a couple of miles from the Oregon-California border, and since I had booked myself an ocean front room I wanted to arrive in time to enjoy the view for a few hours. What I should have done was to leave Portland an hour earlier , and call ahead to Terra Nova to ask if I could stroll the entire garden -as it was I stayed to the perimeter and the parking lot . Not the best photos I've ever taken , but it was a fun if brief interlude on a long drive. I have previously posted about Terra Nova here.
 
   It was nicely overcast on the morning of my visit . Terra Nova is on a back road in a agricultural region  of the Willamette Valley near the town of Canby. This area is very horticulturally rich and I could easily spend a week just traveling between nurseries.



 I loved this Kniphofia, look at the great perky foliage.



More Kniphofia partnered with Echinaceas that provide a color echo.



 I guess these are Shasta Daisys that are not flopping -a miracle.




   Pretty sure I'd have to put up safety cones if my streetside garden looked like this.





 Not bad for a parking lot.



 Next year if I do a Portland drive I hope to call ahead to get permission to do a more comprehensive photo walk through of the entire garden. All these photos were taken from the road or the parking lot.



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  1. Not at all bad for for a perimeter tour! Oh, to have such plant vignettes in my own garden. I loved all the rich colors.

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    1. I have had the opportunity to tour the whole garden with my New England friends several years ago, and I need to do that again !

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  2. Ohmigosh gorgeous! Not a sun-bleached, heat-toasted, drought-shriveled leaf in view. Heaven!

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    1. The Willamette Valley has alot going for it I have to say, but they have a couple of rain free months in summer as well. I'm sure this garden is well-irrigated.

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  3. Wow! Would love to have that curb appeal.

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  4. Wonderful to see you in Portland, Kathy! I've been to Terra Nova once, in early spring, which has its own appeal, but the slower perennials were just waking up. I was surprised how ALL of their display gardens are pretty much "in a parking lot." It's a warehouse setting, so, not a garden setting like I imagined when I heard "display garden." It's impressive what they have done with it. I did not realize HOW full and bright it gets! Wonderful photos. Fantastic Kniphofias.

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    1. I hope to do at least 2 PDX trips next year --we shall see ! Hortlandia is on my radar. My first visit to Terra Nova was a full on tour with Dan Heims and I took an insane amount of photos- I think it was 2010 or so.

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  5. Wow! so much color and so verdant. very different from my neck of the woods - especially at the ednd of this long dry season.

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    1. If the dry season ever actually ends ! That climate in the Willamette Valley was made for this type of display.

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