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May 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Deerly Missed: A Pangram Garden" with Dave Eckerdt owner of Deerly Missed Garden in Salem OR

Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene OR for our speaker program presented by Dave Eckerdt, from Salem, Oregon, owner of the private garden “Deerly Missed.” Entrance to the meeting space is through the double doors on the east side of the building.

Dave says: “A pangram is a single sentence that makes sense, has as few letters as possible, yet uses each letter of the alphabet at least once; ‘A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. I thought it might be fun to write a pangram with a garden theme and from there I wondered if perhaps we may have a pangram garden, a collection of plants with at least one genus beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Surprisingly this is not as easy as it sounds.”

Dave and Pat Eckerdt live in Salem in a home begun in 1891 and now surrounded by a two-plus acre ‘collector’s’ garden. The ever-changing garden is some twenty-five years old and has become a regular stop for touring garden groups. Dave’s writing and photography has been included in several horticulture publications and Dave is currently president of the Salem Hardy Plant Society. 

Come join us as we take a visual tour of their garden and be introduced to some plants you may not have met before, each with its own story. Along the garden path we will also visit some critters, art, and hardscape that contribute to the beauty of the garden they have named “Deerly Missed.” If you want to preview the garden, check out the wonderful photos on their website: https://deerlymissed.smugmug.com/

Their Salem garden will be open to WVHPG members and their guests on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, from 9 until 6 each day. Be sure to mark that on your calendar.

Doors on the east side of the building open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book sales, botanical sample browsing and socializing. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. Membership in the Hardy Plant Group is $20 annually. There is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave. 

Please note the additional parking area and also the overflow area: Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot to the north, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Also, overflow parking is also available in the Early Childhood CARES parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center.
WVHPG Coming Events for 2019 and 2020
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene at 1685 W 13th Ave, (the corner of Chambers St and W 13th Ave) Eugene, Oregon. Entrance is on the east side of the building and there is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave. Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot to the north, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Overflow parking is also available in the Early Childhood CARES parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center. See our Contact Us page for a map of the parking areas 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!
​~ 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.
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Saturday, May 9, 2020 ~ 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


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS
Some of the programs presented by the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group qualify for Continuing Education Credits for licensed Landscape Contractors. We are providing a downloadable Certificate of Attendance form that you can print and bring to the programs to have a board member sign to verify your attendance. Submit as required to the Oregon LCB.
WVHPG Attendance Form
for
LCB Continuing Education Credits
September 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
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October 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Ginkgos" with Peter Del Tredici, author and former curator at the Arnold Arboretum

November 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Lan Su Chinese Garden: History and Plants" with Justin Blackwell from the Chinese Garden in Portland

January 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Residential Garden Design" with Richard Hartlage, Landscape Architect from Land Morphology in Seattle WA

February 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"OSU Hybridizing of Ornamentals" with Ryan Contreras from Oregon State University Ornamental Plant Breeding Program

March 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"The History and Plants of Quarryhill" with William McNamara from Quarryhill Botanical Garden

April 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Birds of the Willamette Valley" with Barbara Gleason of Wild Birds Unlimited

​May 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Portland Perennial Partners" with Lucy Hardiman - Garden Design, Writer and Speaker from Portland OR