I would be remiss to write about The Oregon Garden and not include photos from the Conifer Garden, after-all many people go there just to see the conifer collection. I’d like to think my ability to admire the conifers is an indication of my maturing as a gardener, rather than dismissing them all as boring (I grew up surrounded by a forest of Ponderosa Pine, and still haven’t completely recovered) I can finally appreciate their unique beauty.

Truth be told — I’d be thrilled to have room for a Cunninghamia lanceolata ‘Glauca’ in my garden.
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It’s a good one.
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I didn’t see a label for this guy, but it looks to be a variegated Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese Umbrella Pine).
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Abies concolor ‘Candicans’ (on the left)
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Boring? Look at that color, these are anything but boring! I don’t have ID on the green guy in the middle but on the right is Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph’ (I believe).
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My first conifer crush was on a Blue Atlas Cedar, this is a nice weeping variety — perhaps Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’.
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Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’
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Pretty spectacular!
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I couldn’t locate a label for this stately specimen. Doesn’t it look fabulous with it’s creeping lower layer of branches?
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Cedrus deodara ‘Silver Mist’
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Yikes!
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I recently bought my fist Cyclamen, for me it’s all about the foliage.
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Beware the wire vine! (Muehlenbeckia axillaris) it’s a great plant but can swallow up entire villages if not controlled.
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Aren’t these just bizarre? The flowers of Petasites giganteus.
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A Manzanita grown in a large container is a great way to highlight the beautiful bark. This one is Arctostaphylos x ‘Sunset’.
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Finally I’ll wrap up the series with this beauty — a Paperbark Cherry, Prunus Serrula.
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It feels just as silky smooth as you would imagine.
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Winter is a great time to visit public gardens!
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