Upcoming class….Come join the gang at Madras Garden Depot for the 2nd of our annual August Hypertufa container classes, Saturday August 20th from 10am-1:30pm. Each participant will make up to 3 hypertufa rock-like planters, which you can take home an plant up – for class participants we’re offering 20% off on 4″ succulentsthe day of the class!
..So, what is hypertufa ??
Hypertufa is a recipe of cement and other inorganic & organic additives and the final product greatly mimics quarried stone. Rectangular stone troughs have long been used for planting small, hardy alpine plants, but more xeric (water-thrifty) rock garden plants such as sedums & sempervirens can also be used. Each hypertufa container is uniquely different & beautiful! They are made to withstand freezing temperatures and reside outdoors, but you can bring them inside on a sunny windowsill and plant with tropical cactus and succulents – think of what a neat Christmas gift this would be!
Our cement mixer makes mixing the recipe’s a breeze, we’ll use different tints and stains in the mixes and we have an abundant inventory of forms to use, and, if you want to bring a form along to use, feel free to do so. Remember to wear grubby gardening clothes and please bring your own sturdy rubber gloves and be prepared to get dirty & have FUN!
Cost: $35 fee includes all materials & lunch. This is a very popular class, please rsvp to (541) 475.2068 – we have 3 more spots available!
…And from the Madras Garden Depot Dept. of Wildlife:
This Friday, August 5th from 6 – 8 pm there will be a free ‘Twilight Open Garden’ at the Moran residence in Yarrow, co-sponsored by the Madras Garden Depot & the Madras Garden Club. This garden is about 3 years old and was intentionally designed to display very hardy, but beautiful native and adapted ornamental plants that typically do not require as much water (and maintenance!) as a lawn. Besides using less water, the garden is maintained organically and many of the plants used also encourages and support pollinators, there is even an area set aside and dedicated just for bees and butterflies.
We have been helping the Moran’s for a few years now (well mostly Beckie, though Mike is a super-good sport hauling all the landscape rock & bark!) through every step of the development of this landscape, from the initial design and approval from the HOA, then providing on site guidance and plant selection. Along the way we somehow managed to become good friends, and Beckie, who was a certified Master Gardener before arriving in Madras, is currently the president of the Madras Garden Club.
Please come enjoy a warm summer evening out among your fellow gardeners from our community. There will be light refreshments available. Many of the plants will be identified with plant markers, but Karen from Madras Garden Depot will be there to lead the informal tour & answer questions at 7 pm. NOTES: If you do need to bring young children, please supervise them at all times during your visit; do not bring dogs; there are gravel pathways on some hillsides that are not accessible to the handicapped, but the garden is very easily viewed from paved sidewalks & alley that surround it on 3 sides; lastly, please do not park in the alley (there will be a sign identifying this ‘No Parking’ zone.)
- For details & directions to the Moran residence please call the Madras Garden Depot or send us an email message.
*If you enjoy this type of event and would like to open your garden (vegetable gardens as well!) to a tour or would like to “nominate” someone you know who has an exceptional garden to share, please don’t be shy, go ahead & contact us
Hey Central Oregon gardening fans! Do you like interesting , all weather planters for tabletops and patios? Please consider joining the gang at Madras Garden Depot for our 5th annual August Hypertufa container classes, Saturday, August 6th and Saturday August 20th from 10am-1:30pm Each participant in the class will make up to 3 hypertufa rock-like planters, which you can take home an plant up! They make perfect gifts too. We have scheduled 2 classes as some people really get hooked & want to make more containers, or bring friends and share the experience with them.
..So, just what is hypertufa you ask??
Hypertufa is a recipe of cement and other inorganic & organic additives and the final product greatly mimics quarried stone. Rectangular stone troughs have long been used for planting small, often hardy alpine plants, but more xeric (water-thrifty) rock garden plants such as sedums & sempervirens can also be used. Each hypertufa container is uniquely different & beautiful!
Our cement mixer makes mixing the recipe’s a breeze, we have a huge inventory of forms to use, as well as different tints and stains. We will have light refreshments on hand. Do wear grubby gardening clothes and please bring your own sturdy rubber gloves. Be prepared to get dirty & have FUN!
Cost: $35 fee includes all materials & lunch. This is a very popular class, please rsvp to 541 475-2068 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you not off on a summer adventure somewhere, you might want to check out our pretty cool Summer Sale. Our sale will be in effect through July 26th, and yes, there are a couple of exclusions. All planted “on-the-ground” containers and begonia hanging baskets are not included in the sale, as are some new arrivals, which are marked NET on the price tag.
On Friday June 17th from 6:30 -8 pm there will be a free ‘Open Garden’ at John & Irina Cook’s garden co-sponsored by the Madras Garden Depot & the Madras Garden Club . Light refreshments will be served and a short but informative tour will be provided at 7 pm. Come meet fellow plant lovers and enjoy the evening visting John & Irina’s amazing garden. For more information please call the Madras Garden Depot @ 541 475-2068
Photos below are from a few different Jefferson County garden tours
“Tis the season, and lots of new tomato plants have found homes in the last several weeks. After all the work of planting, weeding, feeding and pest control, it makes good sense to do all we can to make the most of the lovely, just-picked flavor.
Until recently, conventional wisdom said to keep tomatoes out of the refrigerator, at all costs. The theory was that the cold would change volatile compounds that we taste as flavor. Others said that the cold environment made the texture mealy. Bland, mealy tomatoes are never a happy result of a summer’s gardening labors. However, some new testing seems to indicate that very few, if any differences between the room temperature tomatoes and their chilled counterparts.
Unless you’re planning on preserving them, don’t pick (or buy) more tomatoes than you can eat in a day or two. Whether you do refrigerate them or not, eating them as close to harvest time as possible will always be the best solution.
More High Desert E.A.T.s
Join us in supporting the third farm tour event in the series focusing on agriculture in Jefferson County, the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance Educational Agricultural Tours (E.A.T.s)
Have you ever wondered how our local libations are produced?
Up on the Agency Plains see organic dairy production at Poland’s Organic Dairy, tour Jefferson County’s only malting facility, Mecca Grade Estate Malt, check out how spirits are made at New Basin Distilling and finally travel down to the south county to learn what makes the high desert soil great for growing grapes at Maragas Winery!
Tickets are $35 with a $1.19 service fee and includes a shuttle service for the first 24 people who sign up. Click here for more info: E.A.T.s
Tour Runs from 8:30am – 1:30pm Lunch and wine tasting is included. This tour is recommended for ages 21 and up!
Tour Starts/Finishes at Maragas Winery. Free Shuttle departs Maragas Winery at 8:30
On Tuesday March 1st we will re-open for the season, yay! It has been a very mild winter compared to 2014-15 and all of our plants are pushing new growth, some, like our hybrid (safe) Butterfly Bushes even getting a bit carried away with themselves so they’ll have to have a date with our pruners a little sooner than later.
So, how did your garden & landscape fare over the winter? If you haven’t done so already you can still get a dormant spray on those deciduous shrubs and trees – fruiting or ornamental. It’s also a great time to tidy up perennials by cutting back old, dead growth to within 3″-4″ of emerging new growth. If you didn’t apply any compost last fall, here is a perfect opportunity to do it before the foliage on your plants takes off. We have organic compost in bags and by the yard. Our plant based compost sold by the yard is also a perfect topdressing for your lawn. Apply about 1″ over the lawn and rake it in. You’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.Recently the days, and yes, even the nights have been over 50° but it does appear we’re headed back for some more normal mild frosts – yes, it is still February everyone!
And February in Jefferson County also means it’s time to celebrate the eagles during the annual Eagle Watch Celebration weekend, coming up soon Feb. 27th & 28th from 10-4 at the Round Butte Overlook Park about 10 miles west of Madras. Madras Garden Depot has once again been asked to participate, and we’ll be set up inside a warm yurt prepared to share ideas about how to make the outside environment around your home friendlier to birds in particular and wildlife, (including pollinators) in general. So come say hello, and don’t forget, this is a very kid-friendly event!
To get right into the swing of things up at the nursery, our annual seed starting class with Karen will be held on Sat. March 5th at 11 aminside our greenhouse. Learn about the joys of growing vegetables from seeds started indoors or sown directly in your garden. This class will cover which types of vegetables grow best in our area, timing seed sowing for optimum growth, when to harden them off and how to plant-out and care for your seedlings, and much more.
Karen will give you tips for growing both vegetable and flower seeds. Using the proper techniques, you will be successful at growing your own produce and blooms from start to finish.
…And now for the “Wait There’s More” message: Every attendee who purchases seed propagation equipment or 2 or more packets of seed will receive 2 quarts of ‘Black Gold’ organic seedling mix & a sample packet of Cascade Minerals Soil Re-Mineralizer, absolutely FREE!
We acknowledge that even we are getting a bit weary of the gloom outside. It’s been like this for a week or more, argh…
We welcome you to the world of the temperature inversion…So in light of that, (or really due to the lack of light!) if you would like a “diversion from the inversion” please check out this neat-o coloring book from our seed supplier: Botanical Interests Coloring Book
Hope you enjoy the coloring book and if you are thinking of spring and all things seeds, we’ll have our seeds ready to purchase in our store at the beginning of March. If there is a particular variety you are looking for we can easily get it for you – just send us your wish list.
Things are in full ‘Holiday’ swing up at the Madras Garden Depot. Our handmade wreaths are leaving us for mantles and doors all over central Oregon. We even received an inquiry about shipping a wreath out of state! Our lovely ‘natural’ un-sheared Noble firs are leaving us as well, to grace living rooms with family ornaments and fragrance too! There is still a nice selection of cut Noble firs as well as about 12 varieties in different sizes of “live’ trees, either potted or ball & burlap. We’re happy to give you tips on how to best keep them happy indoors and how to plant them outdoors after Santa has come.
Tomorrow we are taking a trailer-full of goodies to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for an indoor Madras Holiday Market, from 9 am-4 pm. There will be 40 local vendors selling everything from handmade jams and preserves to carved wooden figures. There will be live music and food & beverages available. You will find our booth just inside the front door of the main building, so come say “hello”!
A certain Mr Claus was in yesterday looking for the perfect gift for Mrs Claus!
For the perfect last minute gift for all of your gardener’s on your list, don’t forget one of our gift certificates, good for a full year after purchase!
When you decide to ignore the cold fog do some Holiday shopping, consider a visit our nursery where you will find a nice assortment of indoor flowering plants such as cool-weather loving Cyclamen and Zygo (Christmas) cactus & Rabbit’s Foot Fern to bring on Holiday cheer!
There is also a small group of hanging glass mini-terrariums containing little air-plants called ‘Tillandsias’ starting at $12.
Unusual varieties of winter-blooming Amaryllis are getting ready to bloom in a warm room and are available potted in various clay pots starting at $15 Pointsettias will arrive soon on Dec. 8th!
We just set out the fresh-cut Noble Fir Christmas trees. These are “naturally grown” trees (un-sheared & un-sprayed) that have been hand selected by us from 2 family farms in Oregon City & Boring. Want a tree to really show off your ornament collection? These are the real ‘old fashioned’ trees! Prices start at just $8.00 for a table top sized tree!
And on the wreath theme…Our handmade wreaths composed of (legally) hand collected greens from the forestare now available as we make them here inside the store. Know that they can be made up “just for you” by special order…please contact us soon to find out more & get on the wreath list!
Lastly…a surprise! We have some really cool new garden & nature inspired jewelry items in our indoor gift area – all made “locally” in Oregon & California.
Vintage lockets made by Verabel, each one different and unusual starting at $36
Made in Madras: earrings and necklaces of semi precious beads and crystals starting at just $10
One of a kind Enamel Bluebird pins by illustrator Elizabeth Graeber to make anyone happy, $10
We have also added a line of artisanal soaps made in small batches with all natural ingredients and scents by a great little company, Three Sisters Apothacary. We picked our order up in person and had a nice chat with the owner about the trials, tribulations & joys of operating a small business. For something different , included in the offerings are 2 different kinds of shampoo bars for dogs!
On Saturday Dec.12th, we will once again be participating as vendors at the Madras Saturday Christmas Market being held indoors from 9 am-4 pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. All of the vendors are truly local, so please support YOUR local economy by doing a little or a lot of shopping at the Market, and please come ‘bye & say “hello” to our booth.
There have been at least 2 “good” frosts reaching down to 25° over the past 8 days – brrrr! In plant-geek technical terms this is referred to as a “killing frost” and if you have plants that are on the tender side, i.e. dahlias, tuberous begonias or some of the less hardy gladiolas, or any annuals you’d like to overwinter indoors, now is the time to dig them up and move ‘em in.
The first freezes really doesn’t severely damage the roots and growth potential, but it will burn back much of the excess top growth, which ‘bye this time for many plants, was looking pretty tired before the freeze. We like to lift & save many of the fancier begonias, geraniums and hardy fuchsias that we appreciate and have spent good money for. Here’s what we do:
We bring them in the potting area, take them out of their pots, cut back all but about 1/3 of the plant, divide & root prune if called for and re-pot them in fresh potting soil, adding in only about 1/2 of the usual slow release fertilizer into the soil. After watering them in, we then either wrap them in about 3 loose layers of frost fabric and place on an upper shelf in our unheated greenhouse, or if really tender, they will travel to one of our attics with windows, to sit in a cool but sunny location for the winter. Over the next 4 1/2 months they’ll only getting a few sips of water and some pot rotation so any growth stays more uniform.
In spring, when the night time temps are reaching just over 38°, we’ll bring them out of their winter hibernation into our greenhouse for more light and observation, only watering if really necessary. Once the new growth starts appearing, then we water and again lightly fertilize, and they’re back to being beauties again!
Soon, (hopefully ‘bye Nov 14th), our Amaryllis bulbs will arrive @ the nursery! They are top size commercially available bulbs (much larger than what is generally seen at retail stores). Our Amaryllis deliver a sensational winter display, most with 2 stems or more bearing up to 4 blooms each. The bulbs have been conditioned at the proper temperature to bloom in about 8-9 weeks after planting in your home. Our staff will coach you on how to care for them before and after blooming so you can get years of enjoyment from your Amaryllis. To differentiate ourselves from what is typically offered at a box store, we are stocking some new and unusual types of Amaryllis, sold pre-planted in our decorative containers or just as bulbs. To help with your gifting needs, know that we can help fulfill requests for larger orders if you contact us before Nov. 23rd.
‘Rapido Red’ – This mighty miniature has many extravagant deep red blooms per stem, on stems about 16″. Perfect for a smaller space. It is noted as a prolific bloomer.
‘Jewel Double’ – Fragrant! Exquisite is a perfect description for this variety. Its pure-white, double blooms glow with the luster of pearls and possess a rare light, sweet fragrance, unusual to Amaryllis. Stems are full size, to 26″ tall.
‘La Paz’ – The narrow, ‘spidery’ petals of ‘La Paz’ have red and green stripes that lead your eye right to the center of its striking blooms. This is a new type of ‘Cybister’ Amaryllis, often produces three stems per bulb reaching about 24″.
Coming (Holiday) attractions!
Our Holiday offerings at the Madras Garden Depot start this weekend, Nov. 14th!
Holiday Wreath-making workshop: Bring your friends & hop up to the Garden Depot for a morning of fun creating your own gorgeous holiday evergreen or mixed wreath. We provide a mix of boughs, twigs, cones, moss, vines, seasonal berries, frames, ribbon and guidance. Feel free to bring any embellishments or greenery, or add one of our glass bird ornaments to suit your taste or décor. Refreshments served. (Note: if you have them, please bring gloves, pruners and needle nose pliers). This class fills up fast, so sign up now & save the date! $30
Well be expanding our conifer inventory with unusual “living” Christmas trees that you can plant outside after the Holidays. Conifers such as Baby Blue, Siberian & Norway Spruce, Vanderwulf Limber and Bosnian pines and Arizona ‘Corkbark’ sub-alpine firs to name a few. In the greenhouse you will find a nice assortment of indoor flowering plants such as cool-weather loving Cyclamen and Zygo (Christmas) cactus to bring on Holiday cheer!
The day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27th we’ll start our cut tree sales. Again, we’ll offer “naturally grown” Noble Fir trees(un-sheared & un-sprayed) that have been hand selected by us from 2 family farms in Oregon City & Boring. Want a tree to really show off your ornament collection? These are the real deal! Prices start at just $15.00
And on the wreath theme…A few handmade wreaths will be available after Nov 15th & can also be made up “just for you” by special order…please contact us soon to find out more & get “on the list”!
Please note: we are open through Dec. 24th, 9-5 Monday-Saturday & 11-2 Sunday’s, as weather permits!