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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ANEMONE & ORCHID

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.

FLOWERS
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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