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Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Stunning isn't it?
Erythronium hybrid in the garden of Diana Reeck.

I've had the fortune in my career to meet some truly inspiring plant people. Today I had the greatest fortune of reconnecting with someone who inspired me from my early days propagating plants for a Portland Botanical garden.

Diana, the owner of Collectors Nursery, was always at the biggest sales with incredible arrays of supremely grown plants. She always challenged me to be a better grower.

These are her raised beds chock full of an amazing assortment of hybrid Erythroniums. She is doing breeding work and with this kind of genetic material it will be fun to see what more comes in the future.

Its always fun to catch up with someone you haven't seen in some years, today was a fun walk around the garden, despite the blustery wind and spattering rain, Diana filled me in on plans for her urban backyard garden and such and such a plant that needs to get moved and trials of growing under water hungry cedar roots. Check out her radio show on KMUZ. Lots of neat plant and garden topics.

Thank you Diana for inspiring me, and thank you to all the strong women growers and gardeners who challenged and inspired me throughout my journey to Jane, Diana, Christy, Gretchen, Molly, !Happy, Kimberly, Lucille, the seed ladies at the berry garden, bless there souls, I can t remember there names.

Cheers to all of you! Thank you so much for the life lessons and for sharing your art.

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