The Practical Gardener – March 2017


The topic for March is: Summer Bulbs and Corms. Kris LaMar is our guest speaker. She is a retired Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge — turned Master Gardener and Master Recycler. She has been with both of these programs for 3.5 years.  Kris is in the Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau group, and teaches the Sustainable Gardening (to become a Master Gardener) course to women inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution. She is also a Seed to Supper volunteer teacher with the Oregon Food Bank.

Photo from: West Sound Home and Garden

Photo from: West Sound Home and Garden

Come find out everything you need to know about summer bulbs and corms!



President’s Message

Bumper stickers are thought of first involving politics.  But a bit of online searching yields hundreds of gardening bumper stickers.  Here are some samples with my favorites at the end:

Gardening Is Cheaper Than Therapy… And You Get Tomatoes

Tree Hugging Dirt Worshipper

Make Gardens Not War

I live my life by the seed of my pants.

Let’s Compost – My Bin or Your’s

Gardeners Always Have the Best Dirt

Farms = Food

No Farms No Food

Friendship Gardens – Plots to Thicken Community

Get Fresh With Your Farmers

I Brake for Flowers

Go Wild – Plant Native Plants

Eat Sleep Garden

I Love Garden Parties

Dirty Garden Hoe

Plant Your Victory Garden

Got Dirt?

Give Bees a Chance

I Eat Local Because I Can

Support Organic Farmers

Next Time You Eat a Meal Thank a Farmer

Born to Garden – Forced to Work

Local Organic Home Grown

Eschew Ligustrum

Garden Diva

Permaculture – Living in Harmony

Eat Like A Rabbit (showing a rabbit’s typical diet)

Miniature Gardeners Love a Little Dirt

The bumper stickers are seemingly endless.  My favorite three in this search:

  1. Think Outside the Box – Start a Garden
  1. Compost – Because a Rind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
  1. Gardening Is an Exercise in Optimism

Happy Gardening,



tips-from-tomTips from Tom

Wait to dig until after soil has warmed and isn’t too wet. Watch maple trees to know when soil is warm enough for planting. When leaves start to emerge, soil should be good to go.


CabbageGet cold crops into the ground: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi. Look for seedlings at local nurseries.

Tuck bare-root asparagus and rhubarb, as well as onion sets and potatoes, into soil.

Sow seeds of leafy salad favorites (lettuce, spinach) and onion-family plants (leeks, onions, shallots). Beets, carrots, and radishes can also be planted now.

Start warm-season seeds indoors so you’ll have healthy seedlings for planting when all danger of frost has passed. This includes basil, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.



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Look for bare-root and potted perennials at garden centers. If you want to add early-spring perennials, such as creeping phlox, purchase plants while they’re in bloom to ensure you’re getting the color you want.

Nurseries have a great selection of bare-root plants. Buying bare-root plants is a great way to stretch your gardening dollars.

You can also plant potted or balled-and-burlapped landscape plants.




Plant of the Month

Trillium Luteum


Trillium luteum is a lovely spring ephemeral with yellow flowers, rare among trillium species, which smell like lemon oil.

It is best grown in well-drained soil in a shady woodland setting.

Plant Trillium luteum with maidenhair ferns, hostas and corydalis.


The Metropolitan Garden Club of Portland’s Annual 2017 Plant Sale is coming soon!

miss-saleSaturday April 29th from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM             

German American Society Facility

5626 NE Alameda St,
Portland, OR 97213

The sale is well attended.  Mark it on your Calendars. Tell friends, neighbors and family.

Photos are from 2016 Plant Sale.

Banner Tagged Plants Customers


Past Speaker

Robert LittFebruary’s speaker was Robert Litt from the Urban Farm Store. Robert spoke to the club about Raising Chickens in the Garden.







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Garden Time





Garden Time is back for Season 12

“Garden Time is Portland’s #1 garden show, and is owned and produced by the same person who started the In the Garden TV show and the former garden show on Good Day Lifestyles on KPTV-12.  It is our goal to give you the best gardening information in the Northwest.  We are a local show and we will always be a local show.  What does that mean?  It means we will stay topical and seasonal.  You will see what works in the Northwest, what you can plant here and how it will grow.  It is information that will help make you a successful gardener.”

Garden Time





Upcoming Events and Club Business

Plant Sale 1


The Plant Sale for 2017 will again be at the German American Society clubhouse on April 29 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Plant drop-off will be available on Friday afternoon although the time has not yet been confirmed. Set up will occur on Saturday morning from 7 until 9:00 AM.

Things you can do to help:

The all-important assignment: begin dividing and potting the specimens you plan to donate. The longer they have to become established in their pot, the better they will look on Sale day! Please make sure the specimens you bring are “sale ready.”

If you plan to volunteer for the sale, you can do so by contacting Scott Southwell at This
year, all sign up will take place electronically, so be sure to respond NOW with your plans for donating plants, helping at other members’ gardens, deliver plants for other members on Sale day, provide set-up to take-down assistance or provide assistance as sales clerks during the event.

Knowledge of plants is not required!

Please help this fundraising event be a great success by donating your plants, your knowledge and your time! Thank you.


Plant Sale 2 Plant Sale 3 Plant Sale 4


Save the Date!

Next Month’s Meeting:

April 25th Club Meeting
Speaker: Dave and Annilese Doolittle
Petal Heads
Topic: Latest and Greatest Spring Plants

Annual Plant Sale:

Saturday April 29th
German American Society Clubhouse
5626 NE Alameda St,
Portland, OR 97213
9AM to 3:30PM.


Board Positions

Greetings Gardeners:

Two long-time club members, Pauline Love and Chris Redman have volunteered to be on the board. Thank you so much!

We need one more club member to step up and take a three-year term on the Board.

We have several board members who have served for more than 10 years.  They have more than taken their turn and they want to return being members.

Talk to any board member during March to let us know you’d be willing to take a turn guiding the club.

Then join us at the Thursday, April 6, 2017, board meeting.

Bring a gardening friend as a potential member to the March 28 meeting.  Membership is down this year and the first step is bringing guests to learn about the club programs.

You are part of the answer.  Please step up now.

Please take the time to consider being on the board. Send an email if you are interested and/or have questions about the positions.


Out and About

Spring is coming……..isn’t it?

Photos are from club member Ruth Hoard’s yard.




Alpine Plant

Alpine Plant







Please send photos of your garden, plants, and interesting garden related items etc. when you are out and about to: