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WVHPG Coming Events for 2018
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Campbell Community Center at 155 High Street (the corner of High St and Second Avenue) in Eugene, Oregon. There is ample parking in the parking lot at the corner of 2nd and High. Please see our Contact Us page for a map and directions.

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, but the doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book buying, botanical sample browsing, and socializing. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May. The public is invited to attend our speaker meetings. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Our monthly meetings include:
~ Fascinating and informative presentations from the best plant people in the world.
~ Superb botanical samples - find out what's blooming now!
~ Gardening Tip of the Month series.
​~ Terrific door prizes.
~ Wonderful gardening and plant books at discounted prices.
~ Plants available for purchase.
~ Refreshments and a chance to visit with speakers and members before and after the presentation.
Join us for our next event...
Watch for more information on our up-coming programs and events...

April 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"The Hydrangeas" with Kristin Van Hoose

May 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"Manzanitas and Hebes on Trial" with Neil Bell

Saturday, May 12, 2018 ~ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Annual Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group Plant Sale
Lane County Fair Grounds
See the Plant Sale page for more information

March 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Camellias: The Revival of an Aristocrat" with Robert Herald from Portland OR

Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group at 7:00 PM in the Campbell Community Center for our speaker program presented by Robert Herald from Portland OR.

Robert Herald has been gardening his entire life. Beginning in his mother's garden, Robert has had a life long passion for all plants ornamental. He received a degree in botany from Iowa State University with an emphasis in taxonomy and ornamental horticulture. Robert spent most of his professional career working in public horticulture with a short stint as owner of a garden design and maintenance business. He began his professional horticulture career at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, spending 17 years - first as curatorial assistant and then as a head gardener. During his time at Longwood, he taught two 7-week adult education courses focusing on ornamental shrubs, their identification, care, and garden merits.

In 2004, he took a new job opportunity to develop a modern plant records system at the Chanticleer Foundation, also in Pennsylvania. He spent the following 7 years cataloging and mapping their species rich horticultural displays.

Robert has broad experience working with a wide range of plants, and he has lectured and taught courses on a variety of horticultural topics. He and his partner move to Portland in 2011.

Camellias, during the 19th century, were considered a "Queen of Flowers" and often compared to the beauty of a rose. Native to China, their elegant waxy blossoms appear during the grayest month of the year - from October to November. Essentially insect and pest resistant, drought tolerant, and easily pruned, few other plant groups can provide so much for so little care and attention. Unfortunately, camellias have faded to the the bottom of our gardening palette. During the last 30 years, they have simply become that over-grown bush blocking the picture window! Let's celebrate the end of winter season with a visual exploration of this overlooked garden aristocrat. Robert will discuss the full subject of flower types, flowering times, camellia culture (including pruning), landscape uses and companion plantings. It's time we look at Camellias again!!