When I went to buy tickets for the event two months ago, it had already sold out. The only way I was able to attend was by volunteering.
I worked here, offering guests free wine before setting them loose to hound and hoard the many rare plants being offered for sale.
The evening was hosted by Ciscoe Morris and featured six 10-minute lectures by some proven plant nerds: Richie Steffen of the Miller Garden, Paul Bonine of Xera Plants, Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm, Dan Hinkley of Windcliff, Langley Fine Gardens, and Joy Creek Nursery (I didn't get the names of the last two speakers unfortunately).
A Portlandian choir called the Chorus of the Goddess Flora serenaded us with songs such as "The Bed of Asparagus" (to the tune of The Age of Aquarius) and sang the speakers off the stage when they exceeded their allotted speaking time.
|Chorus of the Goddess Flora|
In between speakers, or even during, people were able to roam around and buy some amazing plants. Here are just a few:
|Trillium grandiflorum 'Flore Pleno'|
|Boquila trifoliolata, Evergreen Chilean relative of Akebia vines|
|Schefflera alpina, reportedly hardy to 5 degrees|
|Berberis replicata, an evergreen barberry with deep red new growth|
|Cardamine trifolia, an evergreen mounding perennial|
|Ruscus colchicus, an evergreen shrub|