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Jun
14
2017

Members Bethany and Larry Lael write about a tropical WA garden

By Sara Malone

We just saw Bethany and Larry at the WR conference in Silverton, OR (and if you see Larry, ask him about the great Larix that he won in the can raffle!) Their article about a ‘tropical’ garden near them in Washington State is featured in the latest Pacific Horticulture magazine.

Jul
19
2016

Coniferous Contemplations — Mid July 2016

By David Olszyk

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

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…

May
7
2016

Coniferous Contemplations – May 2016

By David Olszyk

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

By David Olszyk

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

By David Olszyk

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…

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…

Aug
29
2013

Two New Reference Gardens Named in Western Region

By Sara Malone

South Seattle Community College Arboretum in Washington State (the first ACS Reference Garden in WA) and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in California have been named to the ACS Reference Garden program.  The garden at SSCC was designed and supervised by Bob Fincham of Coenosium Gardens, an ACS founding member.  MCBG, under the leadership of Director…

Jul
27
2013

Western Region launches Quarryhill

By Sean Callahan

To commemorate the naming of Quarryhill Botanical Garden as the latest ACS Reference Garden-and the first in California-a group of about 100 coneheads and wannabes gathered at Quarryhill for four hours of conifer lore, demonstrations and tours. Quarryhill, in Glen Ellen, CA, features one of the world’s largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants. Master Gardener and ACS…

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