|As I drove to work this morning, a story came up on NPR about the 2017 MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ awards. I listened as the announcer read off the names of a few of the 24 recipients, each of whom will receive a $650,000 grant to use for whatever they please. Among the winners was Kate Orff, a Landscape Architect from New York, who specializes in “designing adaptive and resilient urban habitats and encouraging residents to be active stewards of the ecological systems underlying our built environment”. According to her bio, “Kate Orff is a landscape architect envisioning new forms of public space that reveal and revive the hidden ecological systems underlying our built environments and encourage urban residents to become active stewards of their natural surroundings. Her research and design practice addresses the challenges posed by urbanization and climate change (such as biodiversity loss and rising sea levels) through in-depth collaborations with ecologists, engineers, educators, artists, and community members that aim to make our urban habitats more adaptive and resilient.”
I’m thrilled that the work of a talented Landscape Designer received this high honor. Somehow, her honor validates the demanding work that all of us in horticulture pour into our businesses every day. I’ve always appreciated the close working relationship between Designers, Landscapers, Garden Centers, and Wholesale Growers such as Little Prince. A beautiful garden is truly a team effort. We were delighted to host an event last Friday here at Little Prince that involved many talented Designers and Landscapers from all over the region. We are always trying to improve communication about the beautiful plants we grow here, and this event was the first of many we have in mind over the next year. I’ll be hosting an event for Garden Writers next spring, and an event for Garden Center personnel.
One thing I learned from the folks who toured the nursery last week was that there is a LOT of interest in our new line of Arctostaphylos varieties. These plants were selected for their merits from the trials being done by Neil Bell at the North Willamette Research Station. In total, we are growing 19 varieties of these beautiful shrubs and small trees. There are 8 varieties listed on our current availability, with more to follow over the next year.
Check out these plants and more on our current availability. We still have an excellent selection of superb plants that are perfect for fall plantings, and will provide lasting interest in the garden during the fall and winter months.
Finally, we are hosting a Halloween Gala here at Little Prince on October 27th, and we’d be delighted if you can make it! The event will be held next door in the magnificent Spanish villa adjacent to our property. There is room for about 200 people, and if you’d like to come, please RSVP at the following website: https://lls.tofinoauctions.com/gg17/homepages/show. This will be a costume ball and fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. As many of you know, Ryan’s daughter Anna is a survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She has been cancer-free for over 2 years now, but the fight goes on for thousands of other families who are in the battle of their lives right now! We have a goal to raise $25,000 by the end of the year, and we are over half-way there, thanks to the generous support of people like you. We are preparing for one heck of a party. We have some fun games lined up (think Heads or Tails, Cornhole, and Costume Contest), complimentary food and beverage, DJ and dancing, and both a silent and live auction. Some of our items in the auction include a foursome for golf at Landon Farms, an amazing Beer Bucket for the beer lover in your life, a weekend at a Sunriver house, a Blazer suite for 16 with parking passes, and much, much more! We would be so honored if you could attend!