It’s Almost August? Really?

Brother of the groom and son.

Brother of the groom and son.

It’s been a busy month at Garland Nursery!  It seems like a blur, really.

First, Erica married Jim Kaminskas in her backyard.  Family and friends gathered to help them celebrate.  I had the honor of officiating.  Surprisingly, it went off quite well.  The rain stopped early in the day.  The train left before the start of the ceremony.  And the mole that has been plaguing their lawn did not make an appearance!  Erica’s garden looked spectacular.  She looked pretty darn good EWedherself.  And happy.  Best wishes, little sis.

Two weeks later, Garland Nursery rewards members had a special after hours dining and shopping experience, complete with a tour through Erica’s garden.  So many wonderful customers turned out.  Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Immediately after that we started preparing for our annual Art and Wine in the Garden event, which is coming up this weekend.  It Birdhousewas hot, hot, hot temperature wise.  We were spending a lot of time watering, but we were able to consolidate and open up space for the artisans.  There will be over 40 of them this week, selling their beautiful paintings, jewelry, garden art, birdhouses, baskets and more.  We’ve been holding this event for over 13 years.  At this point, I’ve lost count how many years it has been.  It is a great 2 days and we hope you can join us.

During the clean-up, one of our workers inadverently found a bald-faced hornet nest.  Now to most sane people, that discovery is an “Eek” moment.  But there are a few of us at the nursery that find all manner of insects fascinating.  Sharon especially was excited.  She did the smart thing and phoned a local gentleman who came out on Monday and collected the hornets to use for anti-venom.  Monday was the day that Garden Time tv came down to film a segment to air this Saturday about our Art and Wine event.  The timing was Garden_timeperfect and Jeff Gustin, creator (and cameraman) of Garden Time, arrived right at the same time as the hornet guy.  Jeff was super excited and ended up filming a segment about the hornet guy and what he does.

I would like to offer a special thanks to Jeff and Therese Gustin and Garden Time tv.  They share the gardening love and promote Garland Nursery.  It is always a pleasure to spend time with them, and a true treat to get to interact on camera (and off) with William and Judy, the hosts of Garden Time.  I’m going to put in a plug now to watch their program this Saturday at 8:30 on KOIN Portland.  The show is also broadcast on a Salem and Eugene affiliate.  To find out the particulars, check out their website:

So, as I said, we have been pretty busy at the nursery.  We’re hoping that we’ve created a nice event and a beautiful environment to enjoy it in.  Please come see us, this Saturday and Sunday from 10am- 4pm.  There will be music, food, and wine.  Oh yes, and over 40 wonderful, creative people hoping that one of their pieces of art will speak to you.

About Brenda Powell

I'm one of the owners of a family-owned retail nursery. I have a degree in horticulture from Oregon State University. I love to garden and read. My technically savvy but horticulturally challenged husband, Mitch, spends most of his time as slave labor in the garden. Thank goodness he adores me! My goal in this blog is to share my enjoyment of gardening, my love of nature, and my addiction to books. Did I mention I like to cook, too?
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2 Responses to It’s Almost August? Really?

  1. Al and Mardee says:

    Hi Brenda – We weren’t surprised at all that the wedding went so well. Good job! And, we have the DVR all set to record Garden Time this weekend; thanks for the heads up. See you at Art in the Garden. Love – Al and Mardee

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