art fair at Portland Nursery

We usually go to the Portland Nursery on Stark Street, but when we heard about a garden art fair at the one on Division, we decided to go the extra few miles to check it out. It was a gloomy, rainy day, so not much gardening was going to happen. I guess I am one of only a handful of people that think that way, because attendance was sparse.

art fair tents

A large area of the nursery was given over to tents for the artists, with one big one for performing musicians. The hay bale seating was a nice touch, considering the old-timey fiddling and such. I was expecting more in the way of garden art. I’d say at least 50% of the artists were jewelers.

snail shells holding succulents

A gardener’s hands do not make the best showcase for jewelry, so I zeroed in on…big surprise…succulents. I thought these hanging snail shells, each with a little succulent, were delightfully inventive.

terreriums in bowls

There were succulent terrariums in bowls,

hanging globe terrariums

and hanging globes,

hanging teardrop terrariums

and hanging teardrops.

wall planters

But here we were in plant central, so it wasn’t long before we were out there inspecting plants. This outlet of Portland Nursery lacks the display gardens of the Stark Street location, but they compensate by using every vertical surface for displays like this one.

collection of fountains

There are large hunks of real estate given over to displays like this one featuring many styles and sizes of fountains.

cascading leaf fountain

This cascading fountain was set apart at the entrance to the shade house.

concrete planters

The pot selection is impressive, especially for this late in the season. I was wowed by these massive concrete numbers.

Sedum oregonense ‘McKenzie River Form’

I found this unique sedum in the native plant section. Sedum oregonense ‘McKenzie River Form’ is touted as evergreen-ever glaucous.

Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Tuffet’

I fell for this little guy: Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Tuffet”, which caused some hilarity when R discovered that I had purchased…yes it’s true…an arborvitae, after having spent the better part of our gardening life together vetoing his every attempt to sneak one in. I guess that proves that there is no such thing as a “bad plant”. How about you? Is there a family of plants you profess to hate? Has one of its distant cousins crept into your affections when you least expected?

6 thoughts on “art fair at Portland Nursery

  1. I’m trying to think but I can’t recall any off the top of my head. I love your little ‘Golden Tuffet’ though. Yeah last weekend was not exactly hospitable outdoor weather, was it? Still it looks like the sun shone through a little bit in some of your photos. Looks like you had a great time. I dig those concrete containers too. Gimme, gimme!

  2. Grace~The sunlight in the last two shots arrived the next day, but the tuffet had a glow about it even in the gloom. That and the texture were what sold me.

  3. Ricki, Wow, there sure was lots of great stuff there. I loved that fountain with the three leaves and of course all the succulents. It’s amazing how popular thye have become in the past few years. Seems like every time I turn around someone is showcasing them in new & unusual ways.

  4. “The pot selection is impressive, especially for this late in the season.” This late in the season? Oh dear, we really are in pretty different climates aren’t we? I guess the rain should be a reminder. The thuja is a great peace-offering. I’m glad you “picked it out intentionally” to make R happy.

  5. James~Peace in the family is always important. Pots normally sell out fast, but it hardly feels like we’ve had any “season” at all, so far.

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