This little tour begins from the traffic circle at the intersection of SW Montgomery St. and River Dr, by the sign to South Waterfront Park and Garden. It has you walking north along the esplanade in front of the shops and restaurants. It concludes about 900′ to the north at the Riverplace Hotel.
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Palms I Have Grown: A Look into Trachycarpus and its Intimates
Seed Banks and the Future of our Gardens and Landscapes
Another article in the ‘Over Thinking Series’
Old growth coastal Douglas Fir forest biome, the Ponderosa Pine – Juniper Sagebrush ecotone, your meticulously cared for back garden and the neglected median strip running down a divided street all occupy our ‘landscape’ and include soil unique to their sites. The soil type and structure is relatively easy to describe as it is defined by its physical properties…its biological components are considerably more complex and change over time in the long and short term as a landscape ages and/or suffers human disruption…and, can, in turn, affect some of the physical properties. (see: The Biology of Soil Compaction.) Continue reading
Public Portraits of Xeric Plantings at Riverplace and South Waterfront, part 1
Parks provide the perfect opportunity to showcase plants and to demonstrate their performance in the real world. What I present here are portraits of plants I chose for two particularly difficult sites that would eventually serve as a base for a new xeric landscape. The sites comprise two acres of bank plantings. I posted a review of these last August. While still relatively young some are beginning to approach more mature size.