The cashier's fingers fly, her concentration is intense but her smile radiates. The exchange of currency is enthusiastic as beaming shoppers, delighted with their acquisitions, recount tales of the hunt with their neighbors in line. Reminiscent of stories told around the fire, each shopper gesturing wildly, like dancers of old. This community of kindred souls comes together for the spring hunt, eager for the season to unfold into summer and its promised bounty. In fall, they will gather again, laying in a larder of color and texture for the upcoming spring. And so the cycle goes.
Many people, myself included, look forward to this sale, put on by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO), with great anticipation. Already one of the largest and most extensive plant sales in the Northwest and now -- a new venue, an expanded purpose. What an exciting year for the HPSO Plant Sale!
Let me repeat that: The sale venue has changed. After being held for many years at the Washington County Fairgrounds, the sale is being relocated to the PORTLAND EXPO CENTER. The primary benefits of this move include room for more plant vendors, the garden art vendors will be under cover and within the same location, and a more comfortable shopping experience for all, with plenty of room for some exciting new activities and participants.
One of the many exciting new features of the festival is the addition of the Garden Theatre. I will be speaking on the Demonstration Stage Sunday at 2 pm. To learn more about my talk, Captivating Containers, go here. For the full schedule of topics and presenters go here.
HERE'S THE FULL SKINNY (chock full of useful links) FROM THE HPSO SITE:
New Look - New Location - New Features - New Hours - Greatly Expanded - All Under One Roof!
Featuring over 80 plant vendors; botanical displays; Gardening Demonstrations in the new HPSO Garden Theater; indoor space for 38 Garden Artists; garden books for sale, at 25% discount for members; informational exhibits by Community Partner Organizations.