Monday, February 16, 2009

Garden Time Field Trip

The Garden Time gang went on a field trip to the Portland Classical Chinese Garden (PCCG) during the Chinese New Year festivities. We are lucky that we visit PCCG a few times a season for segments on Garden Time. We are usually on a tight schedule to film & then move on to the next story. We decided to take the time & enjoy the garden. We had a grand time & even took a garden tour with a volunteer guide. It's always an interesting a mix of exotic & familiar plants, beautiful buildings & stonework. The garden looks great this time of year. The Winter Jasmin is still in bloom,
Edgeworthia is in full bud and the ornamental plum is almost ready to flower. We found Bill & Glyn, the PCCG garden staffers, working on projects & enjoyed catching up with them. They said the garden didn't suffer too much snow & ice damage. They are glad they wrap the hardy bananas each fall. The exposed leaves are toast but the trunks are wrapped in layers of card board & burlap. The bananas should be fine. It will be interesting to see what they look like this spring. Can't wait to visit next time & enjoy the change of season.
Take care,