Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday for many reasons, from time with loved ones to mountains of mashed potatoes. In addition to our gratitude for our foundation of good health, family and friends, we are thankful for our creative, trying, engaging, intricate, brute force, dirty, rewarding, nitpicky, joyful work of building gardens. So many people, from our wonderful clients to the nice folks who deliver our soil, make Mosaic possible. In honor of the season, we’d like to highlight one nursery that has been a source of support, information and, of course, plants since we started planting in Oregon.
Roger, Marj and Eric of Gossler Farms Nursery are Renaissance plantspeople. They know something about almost every plant we can grow in the PNW, (as well as quite a few that we cannot), and they have forgotten more than most of us will ever know about Magnolias and deciduous shrubs. We discover new plants every time we walk through their greenhouses, and rely heavily on their detailed knowledge of each variety’s habits and cultivation. Thanks to their mail order prowess, they’ve even selected and shipped plants to our mothers on the East Coast (Hi Moms!). Our moms were thrilled and the plants are still thriving.
If that weren’t enough, they’ve now published a beautiful book, The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs, which features well-researched, insightful, amusing text, terrific photos, and one of our absolute favorite plants. This plant is gorgeous, rare, and an absolute showstopper throughout the growing season. Intrigued? You can buy a copy online, or better yet, get a signed copy and some personalized advice at the nursery. The plant is discussed and beautifully photographed on pages 58-61.
We hope you’ll take the time to read the book, stroll through the nursery, or order a couple of plants for your mom. If nothing else, don’t forget to thank the Gosslers and other great plantspeople for sharing their passion and knowledge with all of us.
Last, but not least, thanks so much for keeping up with us. As you may have noticed, our journal writing has slowed down this fall We’re taking a much-needed break right now, but will return in a few weeks with an idea that we hope will keep the journal moving through the shorter days.
Rebecca & Buell