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Jul
19
2016

Coniferous Contemplations — Mid July 2016

Hello, Western Region Coneheads; and welcome to prime time! From my vantage point in western Washington, I could not ask for a better summer. Ever since the season’s brutal kick start in May with record heat, we’ve settled into pleasant maritime conditions with adequate natural rainfall and delightful moderate temperatures. This all results in an…

Jun
14
2016

Coniferous Contemplations – June 2016

A Preview of our WR Conference and a Review of Seattle Conifer Day Hello friends and colleagues. I writing to you today from the safety of my home office while witnessing the most delicious rain squall freshen the rapidly maturing seasonal growth of the conifers and maples in Glacier’s End Arboretum. If you’re considering a…

May
26
2016

Ryan Neil Bonsai Display at Portland Japanese Garden

  Ryan Neil of Mirai (American bonsai) has a display of his work at the Portland (OR) Japanese Garden now through June 19. The specimens are very old, wild-collected native trees trained by him for several years. The selections on display will be changed to a different group on June 4th, so two visits may…

May
18
2016

Update on CA trip to bristlecone pine forest

We’ve updated the information on this trip, which we’ve turned into a rendezvous to accommodate different travel schedules (and modes of transport!) As of this date we have members coming from WA and OR and quite a few driving from the SF Bay Area. Our ringleader is Dan Spear, from Southern CA, and those of…

May
7
2016

Coniferous Contemplations – May 2016

Hello western Coneheads and welcome to the latest edition of my coniferous musings. We’ve got an action-packed next six few weeks coming up and I’d like to emphasize a few of the highlights . . . Regional Elections It’s time for this mission-critical exercise in confirming our local leadership. I’ve decided to continue my role…

Mar
15
2016

Coniferous Contemplations – Mar 2016

Conifer wake up call 2016 Allow me to offer a hearty greeting to Spring on behalf of all Western Region Coneheads. As I write this note from my Olympia, Washington office, spring flowers are blooming their heads off, conifer buds are swelling, presenting the first green push on various Larix and Picea cultivars and the…

Feb
15
2016

Denver Botanic Gardens Named New ACS Reference Garden

The ACS Western Region is proud to announce the induction of its 7th Reference Garden into its Reference Garden program, the first for the state of Colorado. Denver Botanic Gardens, a prominent feature of Denver’s vibrant downtown, applied last fall to be included among our other crown jewels in Washington, Oregon and California. The garden…

Jan
13
2016

Pacific Horticulture features ACS gardens

The latest edition of Pacific Horticulture features an article by Earl Nickel about dwarf conifers and features photographs and information about both a Western Region Reference Garden and a member’s private garden. The author’s interest in dwarf conifers was fueled by a visit to the conifer collection at The Oregon Garden, in Silverton, Oregon. He…

Oct
3
2015

Artisan’s Cup Bonsai Exhibition Draws ACS Group

  The Artisan’s Cup bonsai exhibition was held last week at the Portland Art Museum, an event that attracted many Portland-area ACS members. The ACS WR visited bonsai master Ryan Neil’s Bonsai Mirai last year as part of our regional meeting, and Ryan was extensively involved in this exhibition.   The grand prize winner was…

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