About Our Group

When we were young gardeners, our days would quickly melt into nights as we amended, weeded, plotted, planned, and planted our gardens. Aches and pains could be soothed soaking in a hot tub at night followed by restful sleep that allowed us to repeat the process again the next day. We dreamed of more plants and more land – there would never be enough. It was a way of life that we would never dream of leaving behind.

We are now all at least sixty years old - a group of passionate gardeners with a more realistic approach to our gardening. We do not want to let it all go, but we feel the need to get it under control. Our bodies do not heal overnight. We take breaks and quit before dark. As a group, we share our experiences, learn from each other, and provide mutual support and encouragement to continue to enjoy gardening through our golden years.

Membership is limited at our monthly meetings. Those on our waiting list can visit this site and keep up with our group discussions. This Blog will continue to be refined over time – just like us!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Afternoon Tea in April 2013

Thanks to Joan and Jack for hosting our Tea in their lovely home and to Jepi and Sarah for putting together a fabulous spread of delectable homemade goodies. What a wonderful and fun filled afternoon with good food, good company, and tour of Joan's and Jack's beautiful garden. I hope everyone enjoys reliving the day through the pictures.

Making sure everything is ready.....
 Tables set to perfection.......

 The guests arrive, dressed for the occasion.

 Enjoying good food and conversation....... 

Anxious for the garden tour....Let's get started. 

The end of a perfect afternoon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Beautiful Day For Visiting Nurseries

After a week of cool, wet weather Mother Nature smiled on us, parting the clouds and allowing us to bathe in the warmth of a sunny day in late May for our nursery tour in the Salem area. Both of these nurseries have websites: 
Sebright http://www.sebrightgardens.com/ 
Tiny Treasures http://www.tinytreasuresnursery.com/index.html

Our first stop was at Sebright. Right away, there was a flurry of activity in the hoop house as plant selections were made. When the dust had settled, we gathered together for an educational and fun tour of the display garden. Thomas is a wealth of information and always willing to share his plant expertise with visitors. It is clearly evident that he is continually searching for and finding new plants to add to his ever growing and changing garden. Here are just a few of the highlights of our day.

Hostas, ferns, saxifrages, and epimediums coexist in harmony in a shady area.

Peonies and daylilies join an array of trees, shrubs and other sun loving perennials in this perfect place for basking and enjoying life in the warmth of a brightly lit day.

Sweeping beds stuffed with copious plantings surround a large expanse of green while winding pathways invite visitors to see what lies just around a bend........

........to discover jurassic appearing plants that seem to have been transported into the present.


Another turn reveals
a tree of gold shining above a lush bed of hostas that seem to be catching the glow and reflecting it forward.

Many turns and bends in the pathway led us back to the gazebo where we refueled our bodies and bid a fond farewell as we headed to our next destination of the day. 

Tiny Treasures Nursery is a fairly new venture for Troy Youngblood and currently is only internet based with mail order delivery. We were invited to visit the display garden at the family owned wholesale nursery a short distance from Sebright. Troy had a special selection of plants available for us to purchase at the site. Not only were we able to buy at discounted prices, but he was kind enough to give each of us a free plant of Daphne jasminea. I was a bit derelict in my photo taking here because I was immersed in conversation and plant lust. I did get shots of the display garden and this one of our hosts before leaving. 
Our welcoming committee ready to help us make selections and to answer our questions. Troy is on the left. 

It was nice to be see what the plants will grow up to be and..

have everything labeled for easy identification

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tea in April at Priscilla's

This was our second annual Tea hosted by Priscilla. Taking a step back in time, we sat down at tables set with linens and china used by past generations of Priscilla's family. Jepi and Sarah poured two kinds of tea and served their delicious home made assortment of scones and little sandwiches. This year, we were encouraged to wear hats and bring our favorite gardening poem to share with the group. It was so much fun that we've decided to make it an official annual event.

We almost didn't have pictures to remember the day. When I took my camera out of the bag, I discovered a dead battery. Thank goodness Barbara had her camera and saved the day. I hope you enjoy these pictures and the creativity of our fellow members' hat designs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


As I prepare to write the latest entry to our blog, many happy memories of our adventures together this past spring and summer are flooding back to remind me how much I appreciate this wonderful group of fellow Golden Years Gardeners.

We've encountered things to laugh about and some to cry about, discovered new plants, shared our gardening experiences, and offered support to one another in our quest to continue pursuing our passion.  Plants left our gardens while others found new homes there.

Over the last couple of months, as summer gave way to fall,  we enjoyed meetings in Dru's and Lisa's  gardens; had fun on group visits to a couple of great nurseries; and Lisa shared her creative sense of design with us in a class at her garden in September. 

Now, the time has come to prepare for a seasonal shift. We say goodbye to daily doses of sunshine drying the soil until we sense that the plants must begging for more water. We give up discussions about how hot we think it might get and whether the tomatoes will actually ripen before the first frost. We begin to welcome fall’s misty mornings, cooling temperatures and free irrigation. Our conversations switch gears - turning to discussions of the vibrant colors of fall, curling up with catalogs, and how we'll dispose of fallen leaves.  Our wardrobes switch to warm, comfy shirts, toasty hats and gloves, weather resistant shoes, and rain gear that once again tops off the look. But the trees are holding onto their leaves and we can still enjoy the fading memories of this years' spring and summer gardens.

I hope you enjoy looking back at our late summer memories.  Thank you for enriching my life and helping create wonderful memories for another summer. I'm looking forward to sharing time together at our next meeting. The announcement should already be waiting in your email boxes.

Unfortunately, my new computer must have eaten the pictures that Lisa sent along. I have been struggling to transfer everything from my old PC to this new Mac. Although I find that I like the Mac's features, I am also finding that getting "more golden" has me longing for things to remain constant and learning new applications doesn't fit well with my routine. After spending a good part of the day searching for the location of the pictures in both computers, I've given up and hope that your imaginations will be in top form as you read this. You can also go to the nursery's website and see actual pictures. :-)

Located in the center of the northwest Portland industrial district, this nursery is a very pleasant surprise. It is a place to find special treasures of all kinds, enjoy a relaxed and informative visit with the owner, and find a touch of country with the free-range chickens that also call this their home. Thanks to Lisa for making the arrangements for our visit. Here is their website address to see pictures and find more information:  http://www.pomariusnursery.com/

Thanks to Jane Coombs', we were allowed to visit and given a tour of this nursery that only sells wholesale and most of those sales are in shipments to other areas. It would be nice if more of our local nurseries carried some of the plants I found myself salivating for, but maybe I can find them online. I remembered my camera this trip. The display gardens are magnificent with mature, tall specimen trees framing the smaller dwarfs and younger plantings. The location among gently rolling hills on the way to the coast range provides beautiful views in every direction.

A stroll around Lisa's expansive garden provides just about any aspect that we would expect in our beautiful Pacific Northwest location. She has taken a diamond in the rough and transformed it into a woodland paradise, filled with the lush, green understory we all expect when we take a casual walk along a path toward the stream. It is wonderful to see all of the progress she has made while carefully laying out and executing her design so that it flows seamlessly from sun to dappled shade to wetland below. The plants seem to be beaming joyfully in their newly reclaimed home where they are obviously loved and appreciated.

After our meeting, Lisa shared her florist's background with us, teaching how to take natural materials from our gardens and using it to create wonderful decorative pieces to enjoy in our homes. The audience was captivated as they watched, listened, and learned.

...................................Thank you, Lisa!