Tuesday, July 13, 2010

And a good time was had by all.....

Our second annual garden party was a big success- maybe too big of a success. There ended  up being a long wait for entrees created by our caterer and we apologize to all of you who attended  and had to wait. We had far more people then last year and we even had to turn people away who wanted to attend. As a result, the way we organized the food portion did not work very well and we will do it a little different next year to eliminate the wait.  A sculptor was on hand to demonstrate his art of carving stone in romanesque designs as people waited for food. Fortunately, the beer and wine never ran out! It was a special evening, gazing out across the ponds at diners across the way. The strings played a waltz and several people danced on the lower terrace.
It was  very warm in the greenhouses and we thank the many of you who braved  the heat to find plants you wanted. It seemed like people were especially interested in rare collector plants, although the tropical house was pretty busy as well. In one greenhouse the sprinklers accidentally stayed on and some cooled off by walking in the swirling mist. Thanks to all who attended and apologies to those we had to turn away.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


We finally have summer after Junuary and the plants are growing fine. Even the tomatoes are blooming. It is time to enjoy the garden. Our garden party will be Saturday evening, July 10th from 5pm to 9pm. Gather with friends and enjoy music, fine food, a glass of wine and a stroll through the garden on a nice summer evening.

Big River Events will be providing small entrees for modest prices and will be creating dishes such as andouille ratatouille, venison sausage with grilled onions, wild boar with braised red cabbage, wild mushroom strudel, and grilled guinea hen with potato pancakes as well as other entrees. Delightful deserts will also be available. We will have fine wines from Chile, Australia and California and micro brews and soft drinks. A string trio will perform classical folk music to help set the mood for a wonderful evening. There will also be a stone sculptor working on a romanesque sculpture and examples of his work. We have set up tables in different areas of the garden so you can bring a group of friends and have your own mini-party. The nursery will be open from 4:30 pm to 8pm so you can find that special plant for your garden or container. To attend, please e-mail us at burl@rareplantresearch.com or phone (503) 780-6200) your RSVP so we know how many people to plan for. There is a $10 cover charge to help cover expenses.