Saturday Morning Classes

on Friday, 08 March 2013. Posted in Classes

Asian Pear Espaliered at Shooting Star Nursery, Central PointOur 'Saturday mornings at Shooting Star Nursery' series of garden classes begins this Sat. the 9th at 10 am.  We hope you will join us to learn how to make the most of your fruit trees. With just a little knowledge of how to prune and plant them you can get a greater yield, get more varieties in a smaller space, or learn how to espalier one against a fence or wall.  Our classes are informal and to the point.  Come join us for coffee and snacks and take a walk around the nursery while we show you how to deal with different kinds and sizes of fruit trees.

For our spring series of classes, we will have some kid activities, like treasure hunts and sandboxes, to keep the kiddos occupied while you take a class or just peruse and shop.   We would also love any suggestions for classes you would like to see on the schedule.  If fruit trees aren't your interest, check out the whole list of classes here.  Be sure to register before the class fills up, some have a limited size.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Portland & the Willamette Valley

on Wednesday, 06 March 2013.

Arctostaphylos Howard-McMin-ManzanitaJust got back from a jaunt from the Willamette Valley where we got to eat our way through Portland and hand select some of our favorite plants to share with you this season.  We can't wait to show you some of them!  We stuffed the trailer with goodies that we will be growing out and some are ready to go now.  So come on out to get first peek!  We got a great collection of Manzanita from one of our most admired growers- Xeraplants.  We tried to choose quite a few that will stay smaller- closer to 3'x3' so everyone can enjoy the red bark and evergreen beauty of Arctostaphylos.

Many new Callistemon (Bottlebrushes), Ceanothus, and super deer resistant Leptospermums (tea tree) made it onto the truck.

One of my favorites is the Horned Poppy, Glaucium flavum- it has toothed blue foliage and then buttery golden poppy flowers in late spring.  Most of these plants fit our standards of drought tolerant, deer resistant, cold hardy varieties, long bloom time, or all four.  This is an exciting time of year seeing all the new arrivals and trying out some unusual varieties that we think will do great in the Rogue Valley.