Chapter Meetings are open to the public

and are held on the third Tuesday of the month

at 7:30 pm at the SMILE Station 

8210 SE 13th Ave.

 Portland, OR 97202. 






February 21, 2017: Christine Ebrahimi, Terry Laskiewicz, and Jane McGary – “Beartooths, Bighorns, and Rockies: Botanic Gardens Tame and Wild”


Douglasia montana

Douglasia montana

Eritrichium nanum

Eritrichium nanum

Chapter members Christine Ebrahimi, Terry Laskiewicz, and Jane McGary will present a talk on what they saw at the 2016 NARGS Annual General Meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, followed by a plant-hunting adventure in the Beartooth and Bighorn mountains of Wyoming.



March 21, 2017: Pot Show

2012 Pot Show

Members and guests bring blooming and interesting potted plants to show and share. The focus is on rock garden plants, but all kinds of beautifully grown plants show up on our display tables. Show is non-competitive.”


April 18,2017: Charles Powne, South Africa Part II




Charles will give a second lecture and slide show on his adventures on the Rim Of Africa trail, tracking through an arch of mountains in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The first talk covered the north-to-south portion of the trail, starting at Pakhuis Pass near Clanwilliam and ending at Die Tolhuis at Mitchell’s Pass near Ceres. For this talk we’ll pick up the trail at Die Tolhuis and follow it as it curves to the east, ending near Robinson Pass, just north of Mossel Bay. See a selection of the unique shrubs, bulbs, succulents that makes the mountains of the Western Cape so special.

Although I’ve worked in the music industry for more than 30 years, I’ve had a passion for interesting plants for even longer. I started as a teen with easy-to-grow houseplants, and then discovered orchids in my 30s. After ruining the paint in my spare bedroom with humidity from my orchids, I built a small greenhouse in the back yard, which made it possible to expand my collection to include tillandsias, succulents and carnivorous plants. In the last 10 years I’ve been captured by the fascinating flora of South Africa, especially Fynbos (“fine bush”) plants of the Western Cape. About five years ago I turned my front yard into a South African species garden, although it’s mostly populated with plants from the Drakensberg, where more cold-toleratnt plants are found. More recently I’ve tried my hand at raising bulbs from seed, but I can’t claim a lot of success yet


May 16,2017: Linda Beutler – “Clematis Will Rock You: Vines and Herbaceous Perennials for Rock Gardens & Troughs”

Linda Beutler in China 2012, with Clematis spooneri in the wild.

Many clematis native to North America (and a few from New Zealand!) are ideally suited to rock gardens and troughs that mimic their native habitat. The North Americans often defy the old generalities applied to large-flowered hybrids, and are much easier to grow. The presentation also includes recommendations from selections of Clematis integrifolia, the hardiest species in the genus.

Linda Beutler is a fearless gardener who grows a great variety of plants on a simple, flat 50’ x 100’ city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Her first love was growing flowers and foliage for cutting. That focus changed when Linda purchased her first clematis as a misnamed plant in the late 1980s.

Linda has been the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm since July 2007. She was elected president of the International Clematis Society in June 2013, and re-elected in June 2015.

Linda Beutler has been an instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College since 1996.
Timber Press has published her three books of garden writing: Gardening with Clematis (2004, now out of print), Garden to Vase (2007, now out of print), and the new Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis, March 2016.

June 20, 2017: Bob Nold – ‘Voodoo Horticulture: Germinating Difficult Seeds’ 


Bob will be talking about germinating difficult seeds such as Fabaceae, Cactaceae, and oncocyclus iris.


July: Chapter Picnic – See Chapter Newsletter for Details


November 21, 2017:  Jan and Dave Dobak –
Jan and Dave Dobak traveled across Ireland to see the famous Burren (an area of limestone pavements and wildflowers) as well as several gardens; then onward from garden to garden through Wales, England, and Scotland, ending at the Gardening Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh. They will show and tell about what they saw.

Burren, Ireland

Burren, Ireland

Caher Bridge Garden

Caher Bridge Garden

Gentian verna on the Burren Coast, Ireland

Gentian verna on the Burren Coast, Ireland