Every June members of the Ashland Garden Club create 150-180 beautiful Feast of Will table arrangements with flowers cut from their personal gardens. This Lion’s Club’s sponsored event celebrates the seasonal opening of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Theater.
Date: Saturday, June 27th
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center
569 Hanley Road
The Open House will feature self-guided tours of 25 gardens including the Lavender Garden, which is part of the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, and the Propagation Garden will have small plants available for sale. For more information, visit www.jacksoncountymga.org. Media Contact: Rhonda Nowak, JCMGA publicity, 541-727-836, email@example.com.
Garden Tour: AGC members visited the Ashland Creek Ponds Monday June 1st, where teacher Mia Driscoll of Helman School lead a tour of the area. Helman School has been a recipient of Club donations for the Ashland Ponds Project for several years. Ashland Pond is hidden away on north side of Ashland in Quiet Village. This pond was re-discovered in 2008, but it was severely overgrown with invasive species. An ongoing community effort began to restore the pond to a natural riparian habitat. Ashland students, Lomakatsi Restoration, Bear Creek Watershed, the City of Ashland, along with many volunteers and community organizations worked to clear 12 acres of invasive plants and replant native trees and vegetation. All this effort created a wonderful place to stroll, bird watch and be in nature. The Ashland Creek Pond is a secret garden in the city. The area is used as an outdoor learning experience for Ashland students and last year AGC made a donation for binoculars so students could observe nature closely. The Ashland Creek Pond is open to the public.
Plant Name: Physocarpus capitatus
Cultivar: Pacific Ninebark
Plant type: Deciduous shrubs
Height: 6ft to 15 ft (depends on the amount of sun it gets)
Bloom Time: May- June
Flower Color: White dome-shaped flowers
Exposure: Sun Sun or Shade ( it grows along stream banks)
Soil Requirements: Humus rich soil
Water Needs: Moist to wet
Attributes: NW native plant, Attracts bees & butterflies, Showy flowers, Seeds for birds
Notes: No Pests
Uses: Permaculture landscaping, Winter Interest (bark & seeds), Erosion control
USDA Zone: 4-10
The lovingly tended Victorian house at 386 B Street, at the corner of Third, is now surrounded by colorful gardens. After purchasing the 1886 house in 2011, the current homeowners replanted the front in 2013 with design and labor by Banyan Tree Landscape and the back in 2014 with partial design and labor by Sage Hill Landscape. But the gardeners who live there are having fun developing the gardens themselves.
The gorgeous colors in the front and side, including an extra wide planting strip between the sidewalk and Third Street were chosen to blend with paint colors of the house—blues, pinks, purples, and whites. They were also chosen to provide color throughout the early spring through late fall, with heather blooming first, then lobelia, then phlox, and finally germander and thyme. Dwarf daphne, lavender, and Santa Barbara daisy add to the colorful display in season. They have also added trees; peely-bark maple, crepe myrtle, Japanese maple, redbud, magnolia, and dogwood—a few of which are still struggling to get thoroughly established. All of the plantings outside the fence are drought-tolerant and deer-resistant.
There are recirculating water features in front and back, statues of Buddha and Mary, metal sculpture cranes, and other eye-catching elements throughout the garden.
Older, larger trees on the property include box elder, walnut, and cedar. They have added olive trees at the side and back. Near their guest cottage, there is a gorgeous smoke tree (cotinus “Golden Spirit”) in a huge pot with oregano that spills over the side later in the season. In the side-back area executed by Sage Hill Landscaping, they have added arborvitae to increase privacy and also passion vine, pomegranate, Phormium atropurpureum, Stipa tenuissima, hops, Agastache “Firebird,” Salvia “Hot Lips.”
by Carol Walker