By Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Email the author | Follow on Twitter
on February 02, 2016 at 5:05 AM, updated February 02, 2016 at 8:13 AM
Winter is a time to leave your perch that looks over a garden and swoop in close. Only then will you be able to see what resting birds do: peeling black bark, the tiniest pink buds and vibrant red berries.
Even the subtle variations of green and cream on leaves of variegated box-leaf azara (Azara microphylla 'Variegata') can capture attention when activity is slow and the sky is gray. Or the pop of yellow against white provided by a Christmas rose or the sunburst creation of the Chief Joseph lodgepole pine.
If you need planting ideas for a winter garden, take a stroll through Hoyt Arboretum in Portland's Washington Park.
The arboretum, which houses more than 6,000 trees and plants from around the world, is an enchanting place during the year's coldest -- some would mistakenly say bleakest -- season. Ornamental and native plants are showing off colors, textures and shapes you might not see any other time of the year.
Just look at the twisty, bare bones structure of a corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'). Squint and the patchy dark on a light background of Snow Gum branches (Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. debeuzevillei) look like a giraffe's neck bending to the ground.
Visit the Hoyt Arboretum now and you'll also be rewarding with a vision of a blooming 'Showa-No-Sakae' Camellia sasanqua, a prelude to spring.
Hoyt Arboretum's winter garden topography "provides viewing windows for the plants and simulates the motion of water in the rockery and drainage creek bed," says the arboretum's horticulturist Mark McKinney. "Several plants are currently flowering, such as our hellebores, viburnums, witch hazels and contorted filbert. The flowering cycles of the plants interact with diverse foliage texture and bark colors."
Volunteers at the arboretum's Visitor Center are ready with self-guided tour brochures and gardeners say every tree has a story to tell.
Hoyt Arboretum has a story, too. It was founded in 1928 by timber industry representatives, the U.S. Forest Service, the Portland Parks & Recreation department and enthusiasts to educate scientists to students about vulnerable or endangered species. The arboretum has Dawn Redwood and other rare plants that it conserves across 189 ridge-top acres.
If you're interested in adding something unique to your winter garden, check out Hoyt Arboretum's online Plant Inventory Guide. Better yet, go see for yourself.
Hoyt Arboretum, at 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd. in Portland, has private, guided and self-guided walking tours. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (depending on volunteer availability). For more information, visit www.hoytarboretum.org or call 503-865-8733.
ONLINE INVENTORY GUIDE:
EXPLORE WASHINGTON PARK:
Winter. Welcome back. Kind of forgot how you looked.
From: "Annette " <>
To: "Ed H" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2015 11:50:54 AM
Subject: [CRVC] Central Oregon Adventure
Back at the November meeting -- remember that, so long ago? -- we talked about going to Central Oregon as an opportunity to become familiar with those walks, as well as marking off 5 CRVC walks in the 20 Walks in 2016 game. (These walks will also qualify for OSTVA's challenge.)
We will be doing the walk at Eagle Crest in Redmond the afternoon of Thursday, January 7th. Friday and Saturday we will do walks in Bend (2) and Sunriver. On the way home Sunday, we will walk in Sisters.
Since there are 5 walks and 4 days, you will get to do 2 walks one day. (There are not 5k options for all of the walks.)
People have been making reservations at the Days Inn (free breakfast) in Bend for Thursday through Saturday nights.
Carpooling is a great idea.
I am not going to plan meal times. If someone has a particular place they'd like us to go one night, they can be in charge of counting heads and making reservations.
Hoping you'll join us!
Columbia River Volkssport Club
The challenge begins on January 1, 2016, and ends on December 31, 2016. It was created as a great way to experience CRVC's twenty year-round events (YRE) and to promote walking, fun and friendship. We hope you find this challenge fun and inspiring. This challenge is open to ANYONE who has an interest in walking.
Start early in 2016 – January , February and March – and get double coverage of your efforts by listing completed walks for both the CRVC 20 in '16 Challenge and the OTSVA “2016 Winter Walk to Win Contest”.
THE CRVC 20 in '16 CHALLENGE:
Walk all twenty CRVC YREs in 2016, five km minimum, each. All walks MUST be walked in 2016 to be eligible for this challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to introduce the participant to all 20 of our CRVC YREs that have been sanctioned for 2016. Hence the name, “20 in ‘16”.
SUBMIT THIS BOOKLET BY JANUARY 02, 2017.
Fill out your name and contact information. After completing each walk, enter the distance and date walked. When the challenge has been met, either:
a) scan or photograph the inside of this booklet, attach it to an email and sent it to: (see back of the challenge booklet).
b) mail the booklet to: CRVC, attn Leslie W. (see back of the challenge booklet.)
WIN A PRIZE!
Names from completed booklets received will be entered in a drawing for one grand prize of a $50 REI gift certificate at the January 09, 2017, CRVC member meeting. One entry will be made for EACH completed booklet submitted.
Other prizes may be awarded for the first completed booklet received, the most km walked, number of times the challenge is completed ... who knows?!
NOTE: This challenge is a CRVC-sponsored event. This is NOT an AVA-sanctioned challenge. Please DO NOT send completed booklets to the AVA.
1. Browns Ferry Park (Tualatin)
2. Crystal Springs
3. Esplanade-Ladd's Addition
4. Hayden Island
5. Historic Irvington
6. Historic Kenton
7. Historic Willamette (West Linn)
8. Marylhurst University (Lake Oswego)
9. Oaks Bluff Trail
10. Oaks Bottom/Oaks Park
11. The Lake, River & Homes (Lake Oswego)
12. Three Bridges
13. Wetlands/Columbia Slough Pathways
14. Historic Hood River
15. Water, Art and Wine
16. Broken Top Stroll (Bend)
17. Deschutes River (Bend)
18. Eagle Crest (Redmond)
19. Sisters - About Town
20. Sunriver Pathways
Start early in 2016 – January , February and March – and get double coverage of your efforts by listing completed walks for both the CRVC 20 in '16 Challenge and the OTSVA “2016 Walk Oregon Winter Walk to Win”.
2016 WALK OREGON Winter Walk to Win
Sponsored by Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association
When: January 1 through March 31, 2016
Who: Paid Credit Walkers and Non-Credit (Free) Walkers WHO make at least a $1.00 Donation to the Walk. ALL Walkers will be walking in Oregon ONLY.
What: Prizes awarded to winners of the drawing:
1st - $75.00 REI Gift Card
2nd - $50.00 REI Gift Card
3rd - $25.00 REI Gift Card
Why: To benefit the walking clubs of Oregon
How: Walkers will be awarded one (1) chit for entry in the drawing for every 10 Oregon walks logged. Three (3) winners will be selected in a random drawing to be held at the April 16, 2016, OTSVA State Meeting. Odds of winning depend on the total number of walks logged. Walker need not be present to win.
The log sheet will contain the walker’s name and address, the walk name, walk number (YRE or Event Stamp Number), email address and date walked.
To qualify, log sheets must be received by the OSTVA Recognition Chairperson no later than April 15, 2016, via email or mail: (see information pdf).
NEW ITEM: Don’t forget your CRVC member badges! Either bring your badge…or quarters to the meeting for a drawing to be held at the end of the meeting for members who forgot their badges.