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Jun
18
2017

New Coneheads are Born!

By Sara Malone

Bob and Patty Park joined the ACS last year and were in attendance at the WR Conference in Silverton two weeks ago, two of 35 ‘newbies’ that joined us at The Oregon Garden. Well, they are officially no longer newbies! Here are Patty’s photos of the transformation from normal people to full-fledged coneheads!    …

Jun
14
2016

Coniferous Contemplations – June 2016

By David Olszyk

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…

Oct
3
2015

Artisan’s Cup Bonsai Exhibition Draws ACS Group

By Sara Malone

  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…

Mar
17
2015

Conifer Day at Al’s a Big Success

By Sara Malone

  Last weekend’s Conifer Day at Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood, Oregon, was a fun event with an informative speaker (and lots of great conifers for sale!) Peter Gregg, of Iseli Nursery, discussed conifers for different-sized gardens and Al’s had many lovely specimens on hand for sale. Judging by how many plants went home with…

Aug
27
2014

Coneheads gather in Sonoma County, CA

By Sara Malone

  SF Bay Area coneheads know that Pond and Garden Nursery, in Cotati, is the place to go for the best selection of choice dwarf conifers (as well as Japanese maples and other specialty plants). However, the nursery’s reputation extends throughout California, and last weekend saw both Dan Spear, of Orange, and Mary Anne Payne,…

Jun
23
2014

Photos from Conifer Day at Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery!

By Sara Malone

  This past Saturday, the ACS Western Region held a “Conifer Day” at Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery in Rochester Washington. The venue was stunning, with lots of new and unusual conifers and companion plants to whet or spark our guests’ appetites. Jock Demme of Iseli Nursery donated a selection of large, landscape-ready specimens. He discussed…

Sep
14
2013

ACS Western Regional Meeting in Olympia, WA

By Sean Callahan

  It isn’t supposed to be this way. Clear skies and temperatures in the low 80s for Puget Sound! Where is all that rain and mist that Northwesterners complain about but make a climate for discovering, propagating and marketing some of the most dramatic and unusual conifers to be found anywhere on the planet? But…

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