Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group
While we are no longer able to meet in-person, we are continuing with virtual meetings through Zoom Webinar Speaker Presentations. Members will receive an email invitation to register for these scheduled webinars each month. These webinars will also be recorded and if you are unable to watch the webinar on the presentation date, it will be available for two weeks to watch on your own schedule.
If you are not a member and would like to watch these webinars, please see our "About Us" page to sign up for a membership. Our membership application can be downloaded from that page and membership is only $20 per year or $35 for two years.
Up Coming Zoom Webinar Presentations:
Our next presentation will be Tuesday, 14 December 2021 at 7:00 PM with Neil Bell, Community Horticulturist OSU Extension Service. He will be presenting "Plant Hunting in England and France for Trials at OSU".
Together with Heather Stoven, Neil oversees the Northwest Plant Evaluation program, which began in 1999 with a Hebe evaluation. Since then they have collaborated on evaluations of Cistus, Ceanothus, Grevillea and Arctostaphylos. More recently, in 2019, they planted an evaluation of broadleaved evergreen groundcovers. In some cases, the plants for these evaluations have come from nurseries and national collections in the U.K. and France and were otherwise unavailable in North America. This presentation will look at the often beautiful and historic places we visited as well as the ins and outs of plant importation and evaluation in western Oregon.
WVHPG Coming Events for 2021 and 2022
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, 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 and the first 20 spaces on the east and south side of Berean Baptist Church, just across Chambers St to the west. 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.
Join us for our next event...
Watch for more information on our up-coming programs and events...
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE NEED TO CANCEL OUR 29th ANNUAL PLANT SALE DUE TO CONCERNS FOR OUR GARDENING FRIENDS AND OUR VOLUNTEERS.
Saturday, May 8, 2021 ~ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Annual Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group Plant Sale
Lane County Fair Grounds
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.
LCB Continuing Education Credits
Tuesday, January 11, 2022: William (Bill) McNamara, Executive Director Emeritus - Quarryhill Botanical Garden speaking on Magnolias in China and Quarryhill
Tuesday, February 8, 2022: Thomas Johnson, Sebright Garden speaking on Texture in the Garden
Tuesday, March 9, 2022: Jaime Rodriguez speaking about his nursery and plants in Alaska
Tuesday, April 12, 2022: Laura Crockett, Garden Diva Designs speaking on Garden Design
Tuesday, May 10, 2022: Pat Thompson, Secret Garden Growers speaking on Bhutan - Happiest Plant Place on Earth!
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT OUR EVENING EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED THRU AT LEAST DECEMBER 2021, IF NOT LONGER. THE CHURCH HAS CANCELED ALL RENTALS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL OUR GARDENING FRIENDS DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS BY CANCELING OUR IN-PERSON SPEAKER EVENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. WE WILL MISS YOU!
** PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ZOOM WEBINARS UNTIL THEN. **
The following information is our normal schedule once we are able to resume in-person activities: