Mosaic Gardens Journal

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Last Minute Open Garden Invitation June 8, 2012

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(Old information – thank you to all who attended!)

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Visit our garden on Saturday, June 9!

Please stop by, walk through the garden and say hello!  We’ve spruced the garden up for the Hardy Plant Garden Tour, and would love to share.  Our garden is open to any and everyone interested, but the larger tour is for plant group members, by prior reservation.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

 

3 Fun Facts About Our Garden June 29, 2011

Filed under: events,garden design,Garden Profiles,News,our garden — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 9:01 pm
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With the Open Garden just ten days away (July 9, 9-2!), this seems like a great time to share some fun facts about our garden.  You may know the basics from our website and journal, but did you know that…

Our very young garden in 2004, photo courtesy of Robin Bachtler Cushman

– We put our first plants in the ground in 2003 and had our first photo shoot for Sunset in 2005.  That’s a pretty quick start for a garden!  The original plantings were boisterous and brimming with variety, partly because we were using the garden as a testing ground for unusual and new (to us) plants.  As the plantings have matured and the garden has grown shadier, we have edited the plantings to masses of our favorites, with room for more than a few highlights and oddballs, of course.  We wonder what you’ll think of the changes at the Open Garden….

– The galvanized fence was one of the  few elements that we knew would be a part of the garden from the start, and it was the first thing we installed.  We had a hunch that the brightness and subtle texture of the fence would be an asset in our narrow, urban lot.  While metal fences clearly aren’t for everyone (it’s still the only one we’ve built!), we love how it seems to pull the sky down into the space and sets off the dark foliaged plants in front of it.

Our galvanized metal fence.

– We built almost everything by hand.  From removing tons of concrete (be sure check out the “before” pictures in this post), to hauling each rock to its final location, we held true to our belief that people build better gardens than machines do.  The one major exception was the driveway, which Buell swore he was going to dig by hand….  About 10 minutes with a pick convinced him that using a bobcat would be a better idea.

We look forward to sharing our garden with you on July 9.  In the meantime, remember to follow us on Facebook for updates, photos and more!

 

Mosaic Open Garden, July 9 June 21, 2011

Filed under: events,garden design,News,our garden — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 12:57 am
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Buell's stacked stone sphere sculpture

Mosaic Open Garden

Saturday, July 9, 9am – 2pm


Please join us on Saturday, July 9 for an Open Garden!  The plants are loving the long, cool spring, and the garden is gorgeous this year.  It’s a small, diverse space that has been featured in Sunset, Fine Gardening and Garden Design magazines.   There’s a little something for everyone – sun, shade, dry stack stone walls, seating areas, mature plantings, new additions and lots of design ideas.  Buell and Rebecca will be on hand to answer questions about the garden and Mosaic, but, introverts, never fear, we’re happy to let you wander on your own.

If you don’t know our garden, this photo history is a fun place to learn more, and our press page includes several articles about the garden.

We hope to see you on the 9th!  Drop by anytime between 9 and 2, and feel free to bring friends and family.  We’ll have limeade and shade if it’s warm (or even if it’s not), and space to explore or just sit and enjoy the day.

 

Save the Date – Open Garden on July 9! June 3, 2011

Filed under: events,News,our garden — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 9:50 pm
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Our stock tank pond in summer

Join us on Saturday, July 9 for an Open Garden!  Our garden is gorgeous this year, and we want to share it with you during its peak season.  Please join us to walk through the space, ask questions, say hello or just enjoy some limeade in a pretty spot.

If you’ve seen the garden before, you may be surprised at some of the changes.  As it has grown older and shadier, we’ve changed and simplified some of the plantings, to what we think is an elegant effect.  Of course, the maturing specimens and beautifully aging stonework don’t hurt, either.  Our little space offers a wealth of ideas for gardens of any size or age, and, of course, Buell and Rebecca will be on hand to chat and answer questions.

Please mark your calendar and spread the word!  More information coming soon….


 

Japanese Maple Sale at Baltzer’s! May 15, 2011

Filed under: events,friends — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 10:54 pm
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One of our own special Baltzer maples

We’ve got so much good news for gardeners these days!  Our friends Bob and Nancy Baltzer, of Baltzer’s Specialized Nursery are having a sale on their gorgeous specimen maples.  All non lace leaf maples in 20 gallon or larger containers are on sale for at least $25 off and some are marked down to $75!  Bob and Nancy grow a wider variety of maples than anyone we know, and they care for them beautifully.  Aside from maples, the Baltzers also carry  wonderful, unusual conifers and some interesting garden features.  Their nursery is one of our area’s little known treasures, and well worth the short drive to Pleasant Hill.

Baltzer’s is open Friday – Monday, 10am – 5pm (closed Tuesday-Thursday)

36011 Highway 58
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
541-747-5604

 

Ginny’s Garden Sale May 13, 2011

Filed under: events,friends — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 5:14 pm

Our friend Ginny is moving into town from her fabulous garden and farm in Creswell.  In terrific news for garden treasure hunters, Ginny is having a huge yard/garden sale tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, to help her pare down and prepare for her urban space.  Containers of all sizes!  Furniture!  Useful and pretty things!   Ginny has great taste, and the perfect addition to your garden may be waiting for you in Creswell.   If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to see one of our area’s best gardens.  Part of the proceeds benefit the Lane County Master Gardeners.  More information below.


 

The Plant Sales Are Coming! May 5, 2011

Filed under: events,friends — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 6:00 pm
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It’s that magical time of year again, when the best specialty nurseries in Oregon flock to Eugene for a one-day plant extravaganza….   On May, 7, grab your mom for a Mother’s Day Eve outing and find your new favorite plants!

The Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group sale is in the Auditorium Building of the Lane County Fairgrounds from 9am-2pm. More information here.

The Avid Gardeners Plant Sale is also 9am-2pm (where to go first?!?) at Alton Baker Park.  More information here and on their cute poster at right.

Plant group members and potential members, take note – volunteers get first dibs on plants, so pitch in!