Town and Country

The Williamses’ family garden in Dunthorpe evokes distinctly English impressions. The existing challenges of the site, like the spring-fed brook, are met with naturalistic plantings that embrace its meandering flow. The garden’s mission, however, is not only to serve as a lovely place to be, and a model for Liz Williams’ paintings, but also provides abundant fresh cut flowers for the house.

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Lauren Hall-Behrens’ garden in Northeast Portland fuses modern industrial elements with a tropical vibe to create a lush retreat from urban life. Strong vertical lines, a more than eight-foot-tall arbor, and plants with significant height create a screening effect from neighbors while linking the garden to the Hall-Behrens’ tall home.

Tropical Delight

Portland garden designer Lauren Hall-Behrens transforms her own garden from a disorganized jumble of fruit trees into a serene paradise filled with hardy Asian tropicals and bold sculptural walls.

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When landscape architect Larry Cavender began work on this garden, he had two main charges: create a handsome entry from the front of the house and its motor court into the lower garden, and restore the compacted soil to something that would actually grow a plant. All of this has been accomplished, plus framing Lake Oswego views with inventive plantings and paving.

Laurels For The Land

Landscape architect Larry Cavender transforms a worn down lakeside property in Lake Oswego into old-world elegance with lovely framed views of the lake, inventive plantings and timeless paving.

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Eye-catching orange and chocolate tones highlight a bouquet of copper beech, black elderberry, ranunculus, sweet peas, grasses, mallow, nine bark, bronze fennel and snowberry foliage.

Flowers in the Fields

Floral designer Erin Benzakein’s initial passion to grow sweet peas grew into Floret Flower Farm in Washington’s Skagit Valley.

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Dark espresso colored stucco outlines the raised 14’x 36’ pool that spans the Brennekes back yard. Putting together the pre-cast pool pieces to create squared off corners took great mathematical precision, says landscape architect Craig Kiest. Lisa plants the colorful seasonal flowers for the pool’s corner pots, as well as the heirloom roses in the bed at left, grown from seed in St. Paul, Oregon.

Portland Parterre

In 2004, Tom and Lisa Brenneke undertook a major renovation of their 1909 Italian style Portland Heights home and gardens, a stately stucco villa within walking distance of their two businesses.

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Using an easy-care palette of plants selected for texture, Michael was also able to direct guest traffic around the exterior spaces, linking decks, porches, and arbors to lure visitors from one area to another.

An Entertaining Endeavor

When a Vancouver, Washington family buys an adjacent lot to enlarge their home, their garden expands too and the garden’s original landscape designer, Michael Schultz, returns with a new vision.

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Tish’s garden is set against the stunning backdrop of Puget Sound. In the foreground, Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Victoria’ blooms in front of a hardy Rosa rugosa and nearly pastel Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low.’ Purple Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ contrasts strikingly against the foliage of Phlomis russeliana and the sunset-like glow of Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow,’ while rounded tufts of Anemanthele lessoniana and Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ provide soft movement.

A Gardener's Island Paradise

Garden designer Tish Treherne shares her sunny, shoreline garden on Bainbridge Island with us. The garden is a lovely four-year work in progress filled with sun-loving color and form.

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Portland Floral Designer Kailla Platt finds beauty in the simple, wild abundance of her grandmother’s garden and the fleeting colors of fall.  We talk with Kailla about her inspiration, her favorite fall flowers and foliage, and her recommendations for home gardeners who want to create their own seasonal arrangements.

Free Range Floral Design

Portland floral designer Kailla Platt returns to the garden of her childhood to gather aged branches and heirloom blooms for her sumptuous, seasonal arrangements.

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Much of the foliage at the home of landscape designer Michael Schultz and his partner Will Goodman was chosen for its broadleafed, tropical feel, and for the way it creates a sound and sight barrier from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Turning Up The Heat

Landscape designer Michael Schultz and his partner Will Goodman transform a city lot in Portland’s Mocks Crest neighborhood into a tropical retreat with lush broadleaf evergreens and bold blooms.

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Summer Arrangements

Use seasonal edibles and pretty ornamentals to recreate these summer arrangements from Portland floral designer Kailla Platt.

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Landscape designer Michael Schultz has created his own beautiful and welcoming garden in the middle of Portland. While Schultz calls his garden a “gardener’s garden” in which plants have come and gone for the last four years, for now he thinks he’s found the perfect combination. “I guess you’d call it a mixture of organic and modern Avant garde,” Schultz muses. “Right now, we think it is absolutely beautiful and there’s nothing I would change.”

Paradise Found

With an opportunity to buy the house behind them, landscape designer Michael Schultz and his partner Will Goodman now have 9,000 square feet of back yard space for their gorgeous tropical oasis.

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A BUTTERCUP WINTERHAZEL & FLOWERING CURRANT BOUQUET – THE STEMS YOU’LL NEED: 8 Tulipa ‘Apricot Impression,’ 3 Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono,’ 2 Rhododendron lutescens, 2 Illicium anisatum, 3 Helleborus argutifolius, 3 Anemone coronaria, 1 Ribes sanguineum, 3 Corylopsis pauciflora, 3 Spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’ foliage, 6 Narcissus ‘Silver Standard.’

Signs of Spring

Portland floral designer Kailla Platt celebrates the arrival of spring with sweetly-colored blooms and botanicals sourced from local flower farms.

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Narcissus & Anemone

Grab your pruners and this stem count from Portland floral designer Kailla Platt to make your own spring arrangement.

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Use this flower guide to recreate this arrangement from floral designer Kailla Platt: 2 Stems Andromeda Pieris japonica, 5 Stems Hellebore Helleborus x orientalis (three colors pictured), 7 Stems Anemone Anemone coronaria ‘Carmel White,’ 7 Stems Sierra Laurel Leucothoe davisiae, 2 Stems Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum, 4 Stems Dwarf Sweetbox Sarcococca hookeriana humilis, 2 Stems Bearsfoot Hellebore Helleborus foetidus.

Andromeda & Hellebore

Use this floral recipe from Portland floral designer Kailla Platt to create a sweet arrangement for spring.

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When Susan and John Bates purchased their home in Portland’s Riverwood neighborhood in 2002, they knew that its garden came with some serious horticultural credentials. Its original gardener, Lady Ann McDonald, was the no less accomplished sister of renowned Portland plantswoman Jane Platt.

Tapestry In Time

When Susan and John Bates purchased their home in Portland’s Riverwood neighborhood in 2002, they knew that its garden came with some serious horticultural credentials. We visit the ‘new’ old garden.

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Anemones can be a bit challenging in arrangements with their delicate curvy stems, but the dramatic black centers add visual punch to arrangements. Colors range from blue, pink, purple, red or white.

10 stems of anemone
15 stems of ranuncula
5 stems of lilies
2 stems of cymbidium orchid

Floral Arrangements by Fieldwork Flowers

Portland’s Fieldwork Flowers outlines a stem-by-stem plan for easy, elegant spring bouquets.

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This moody bouquet designed by Erin Benzakein of Floret Flowers includes: grapes, coleus, amaranth, dahlias ‘Bracken Rose,’ ‘Twilight’ and ‘Crossfield Ebony,’ black queen anne’s lace, scabiosa, basil, copper beech, black elderberries, lisianthus, scented geranium ‘Chocolate,’ wheat, nine bark ‘Coppertina’ and thornless blackberries.

For A Dash of Drama Go For Dark

Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm blends the dusky shades of blackberry and copper beech.  Use her stem count to create your own black beauty.

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Pergola covered decks are a transition between inside and out in this Portland home. At ground level, a winding bluestone path connects the house to the outdoor rooms. The homeowners wanted the space to fulfill three roles: provide one area in which to entertain guests or gather with family, a second area with grassy lawn for sports practice and a third more intimate spot for reading or enjoying a quiet conversation. Furniture at the north end was custom designed for the space, while the Gloster loveseat, chairs and stools (pictured left) are from Fishels in Portland.

Better Together

A Portland backyard is transformed from a drab, flat space into a gracious outdoor living and entertaining area. 

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Self-described “strong extroverts,” Maryellen and Michael McCulloch’s patio, pool, and garden are built for entertaining. They regularly host charity dinners and special events on the terrace overlooking the Tualatin Valley and Coast Range, and Maryellen leads meditation walks through the revitalized lower pasture. Their garden was designed by a team of Northwest garden luminaries: Ann Lovejoy, Beth Holland, Laura Crockett, Eamonn Hughes, and John Greenlee.

Paradise Found

Michael and Maryellen McCulloch honor the site of their iconic Pietro Belluschi home near Portland with sustainable landscape design.

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