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The Quest for Great Plants
A Garden Scene composed of three Great Plant Picks plants - Grass: Molinia caerulea ssp.
caerulea 'Heidebraut',
tree in foreground with fall color: Acer Japonicum 'Aconitifolium,
purple shrubs in front of stone terrace: Sambucus nigra 'Gerda'  BLACK BEAUTY

Registration for the 2017 IMGC has been going strong. Some tours have sold out and many popular sessions are filling up fast!

If you have yet to register, be sure to do so before February 28th to save $50 during the Early Bird period.

Act NOW! Peruse  Becoming an Early Bird for step-by-step instructions then Register to save. Check out Money Saving Tips  to get the most out of your dollars.

As gardeners we share a passion for plants. While new introductions thrill us, we also value plants that have proven their worth. In the Maritime Northwest, a team of plant breeders, nursery owners, designers, and researchers have been working together to identify 'great plants' since 2001 under the leadership of the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle.  

What m a kes a great plant?  Great Plant Picks (GPP) uses a list of 13 criteria, including being cold h ardy, long-lived, easy to grow, resistant to diseases and pests, adaptable to a variety of different growing conditions. They also must offer a long-season of interest.

You can learn about these outstanding plants and gain insights
into the GPP
from Maurice Horn during his talk on July 13th. Maurice is a member of the GPP committee and co-owner of
Joy Creek Nursery

This talk is one among nine that qualify for continuing education credits (CEUs) from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). In addition, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) offers 12 CEUs and all Master Gardeners will receive 12 CEUs.  Get details here.
If you want to see some GPP plants in the garden setting, consider the Quin tessential Northwest Nurseries tour scheduled for July 11th. Tour stops include the exuberant display gardens of Joy Creek  and Cistus nurseries.

You may even be able to bring home some of these great plants. Look for more information about our trade show and participating nurseries in future newsletters. 

Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Master Gardeners™ want you. Come learn the latest and best thinking in the science and art of gardening. We look forward to hosting you this summer!

Key dates for the 2017 IMGC:

Save during Early Bird registration through February 28 

Sign up for overnight tours through February 28

Sign up for day tours through May 19

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