Had a fabulous time at the garden writers convention and trade show in Portland, Oregon. Portland is an exceptionally livable city - light rapid transit from the airport, free transit downtown, excellent scenery, clean air and just a really pleasant vibe. And the gardens...nothing like living in a climate where you can plant a stick and have it be something remarkable in no time at all.
Just have to share some of my pics from Ernie and Marietta O'Byrne's garden near Eugene. They have the sort of collectors garden that had me running from plant to plant, fondling anything within touching distance. And the collection has been so carefully thought out and placed that I could wander around for days in a state of enchantment. Not only were the plants beautiful they were immense - leading me to believe that they must only sell the miniature versions on this side of North America.