John Muir’s quote speaks to the interconnectedness of all things. Humans to nature, nature to earth, earth to the universe, and the cosmos back to humans. Take for example the zeal surrounding the solar eclipse uniting us all under one sky to witness the moon’s passage over the sun. Something exceptional transpires when we grasp […]
The Literary Gardener – September 2017
“Be you in the park about midnight at Herne’s Oak, and you shall see wonders.”
– In William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” 1597
I’ve mentioned before that every year Jerry and I enjoy watching a performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and this month I’m looking forward to […]
The Jacksonville Garden Club (JGC) has been one of the gems of civic involvement in Jacksonville for over 75 years. The Club is always seeking new members, both women and men, to get involved in a variety of interesting activities during its season, which runs from September to June. Meetings are held on the third […]
All classes begin at 10:00am and are located at the nursery unless indicated otherwise. Space is limited so please be sure to register on our website: www.roguevalleynursery.com/class. A minimum of 8 attendees is needed for a class, otherwise the class may be canceled. Classes happen rain or shine. During classes there […]
Love Your Landscape – September 2017
Summer is winding down, but I think we would all agree there’s something special about the back-to-school season that’s filled with the promise of new beginnings. This time of year offers fall colors in bloom, and the bounty of harvesting fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens.
We know about the “Canary in the Coalmine,” but have you heard about “The Monarch in the Milkweed”? The next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now general meeting, marking our fifth Anniversary, will be held at Medford Public Library on Tuesday September 26, 2017 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The program is free and open to the public.
Monarch butterflies […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – August 2017
Monarch butterflies have been on earth for roughly 175 million years, but it’s only since the 1990’s that their numbers have declined by 80%. In 25 short years, 560 of the 700 million Monarch butterflies in North America have disappeared.
Being in the presence of a Monarch has brought me great […]
The Literary Gardener – August 2017
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting, 1975
I love this image of August, the month when summer’s heat […]
Love Your Landscape – August 2017
When it comes to your landscaping, long-term planning offers many rewards. Resale value, maintenance considerations and future landscape plans are a few reasons to plan ahead…now!
When planning the initial infrastructure for your landscape, start with the end in mind. […]
Susan Casaleggio, Judie Lyon, and Jo Ann Miller (left to right) proudly display two Jacksonville Garden Club awards recently received from the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs (OSFGC). The Claire Belsher Historic Preservation Award, created in 1977, celebrates heritage and patriotism by honoring restoration of parks of local importance which include plantings of the […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – July 2017
She rested gently in his soft, young hand
In awe, he stared, at a smallness so grand.
What have we done? In earnest he pleaded.
They forgot, she whispered, how much we are needed.
But I don’t understand, he stuttered through tears.
You’re not to blame, she said, it’s been going on for years.
How can […]
Love Your Landscape – July 2017
As the days have gotten longer and music flows off Britt Hill, I know summer is definitely upon us. Around here, the natural surroundings of our historic town cast our summers with an almost magical quality.
Love Thy Pollineighbor – June 2017
Pollinator protection does not have to be relinquished in exchange for managing mosquitoes. The impact of mosquito spraying on pollinators is long-lasting. Studies show wild bee populations are even more susceptible to pesticide exposure than honey bees due to biological and habitat differences.
Fortunately, here in Oregon, we don’t have to […]
The Literary Gardener – June 2017
And those whose blossoms curl obliquely back,
Ribbed on the sides with a bright scarlet streak,
Shalt of daylily the fair name receive,
If one whose summer’s day the beauties live…
-Rene Rapin (1621-1687)
It’s true that the beautiful daylily (Hemerocallis) lasts but one summer’s day, prompting Bishop Joseph Hall to once criticize the flower […]
Love Your Landscape – June 2017
Summer is finally here so we can start enjoying our lawns and the outdoor living-areas where we’ve been investing our resources, creativity and personal style. And no one is happier about that than me. If you already have a patio, deck or outdoor area, I encourage you to get out […]
Mark your calendar for the 9th-Annual Medford AAUW Garden Tour on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This year’s tour features two Jacksonville gardens, along with four other diverse landscapes, chosen to provide you with lots of ideas and inspiration for your own garden spaces. The 2017 tour theme is “West Side Story” […]
Love Your Landscape – May 2017
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt,
head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body,
but the soul.
~ Alfred Austin
Gardening…I think it might mean something different to every person. To some it means hard work, to […]
Tour lovely private gardens in the Medford and Phoenix areas at the North Valley Soroptimist 15th-Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00am-2:00pm.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from April 15-May 19 at Blue Door Garden Store and Penny & Lulu Studio Florist—on the day of the tour, at Roxy Ann Winery.
Love Thy Pollineighbor – May 2017
They’ve been around for more than 100 million years. They’re most active at 80°F and unable to function below 50°F. They can sense the lactic acid and carbon dioxide from an animal’s breath up to 100 feet away. The females beat their wings 500 times per second producing a piercing […]
The Literary Gardener – May 2017
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.
~ 19th century English ballad
Simon and Garfunkel did not write “Scarborough Fair,” although the folksy musical duo’s 1966 version of the song is most well known today. […]
This year, the Jacksonville Garden Club’s annual Spring Sale is on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10:00am-3:00pm in the alcove next to the Post Office on Oregon Street.
Get ready for Mother’s Day, or treat a family member or friend to a delightful surprise with beautiful bouquets and arrangements created from fresh-cut local flowers, made […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – April 2017
We pull them, mow them, dig them, stomp them, spray them, shout at them, and lament how they are a nuisance in our lives.
An underappreciated and underutilized plant in our society, the dandelion in the Asteraceae (aster or sunflower) family, is one of the most nutrient-packed foods on earth and […]
Love Your Landscape – April 2017
The use of technology in everyday life has sky rocketed. We have our “smart” house, “smart” phone, so how about our “smart” landscape? Even though technology impacts us all differently, we probably all agree that the use of technology to help make our life simpler and save us time is […]
*April 8th, 10:00am, Bees at the Nursery—We will be installing a hive at the nursery this spring and want to share all the bee activity! This is a fun talk to help understand what bees do to have a happy and productive hive. Learn how they “talk” to each other, how they build, clean-up, raise […]
Greenway Spray owner Greg Stewart says springtime is a great time of year to take control of the noxious weeds in your yard, pasture, and lawn as well as address pest issues impacting your trees. For 27 years, Greg has been working with the local agriculture industry and with homeowners, farmers, and ranchers in the […]
The Literary Gardener – April 2017
My heart is smit
With love so strong
I must declare,
But have no tongue.
Come to my aid, Thou Tulip Red,
Go and declare
My love instead.
~ Mandy Kirby, A Victorian Flower Dictionary, 2011
Before beginning to write about tulips, I checked my own plants to find small, green fingertips—fledgling flowers—still nestled cozily within the protective […]
The Jacksonville Garden Club’s Annual Spring Sale will be held in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 10:00am-3:00pm in the alcove next to the Post Office on Oregon Street. The sale features fresh-cut spring flowers arranged in bouquets by Club members and interesting plants to add to your garden. Home-baked treats and other […]
The popular one-day Living on Your Land and Tree School program, to be held April 22, 2017 at RCC Grants Pass, is now open for registration.
This event features 27 classes covering Native Plant Regeneration, Small Stream Salmon and Steelhead, Urban Homesteading, Native American Land Stewardship, Weed Management, Composting Techniques and a wealth of fun, informative […]
With the days feeling a bit longer and the temperatures getting warmer, there are noticeable changes outside. The white blossoms of the snowdrops have been replaced with the bright yellow daffodils. The trees are beginning to bud and breathe color into the wooded landscape. Birds are chattering as if there is much to do. New […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – March 2017
At first I thought they were flies. Tiny, black, wings. Two of them I found legs-up in the windowsill. They were swept away with nary a thought. Until I saw another one on the floor. The dustbuster was poised to devour this third creature when something caught my eye. Movement. […]
Love Your Landscape – March 2017
With wet weather having soaked Southern Oregon for a couple of months now, the topic of proper drainage should be on everyone’s mind. Many of my neighbors in Jacksonville ended-up buying sump pumps and extra hoses, in an effort to keep way too much rain water at […]
The Literary Gardener – March 2017
“Everything in the forest has its season. Where one thing falls, another grows.
Maybe not what was there before, but something new and wonderful all the same.”
~Felix Salten, Bambi, A Life in the Woods, 1923
Twenty years before Walt Disney produced what has become a classic animated film, […]
*March 4th, 10:00am, Natural Pruning-—Everything does not need to be ‘mushroomed’ when pruning. Join Eric, our expert pruner, for this informative class on achieving a natural, healthy look with your shrubs and small trees. Let your plants natural beauty shine through! Landscapers: this class qualifies for 2 hours of CEH credit. Registration fee $15. 10% […]
2017 Training Course Now Enrolling
JACKSON COUNTY OR – Become a Master Recycler in 2017! Jackson County Recycling Partnership is now seeking residents of Jackson County to take part in the annual training course and volunteer service program. Participants gain a broad understanding of home waste prevention strategies, the local solid waste infrastructure, hazardous waste avoidance, […]
The Literary Gardener – February 2017
I eat a lot of salad, so I derive particular pleasure from growing some of the lettuces I consume. There are so many varieties to choose from: crispheads, butterheads, looseleafs and Romaines, not to mention fancy designer greens such as endive and arugula.
In fact, all of our modern lettuces (Lactuca […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – February 2017
Jacksonville was bursting with magic that brisk December evening. White lights and pine swags, staples of a vintage Christmas, on each door and window beckoned passersby indoors for cozy warmth. The scent of holiday charm filled the air.
I walked into old city hall, sat, and anxiously waited to deliver my […]
We invite you to a ten-class learning adventure in food preservation arts. Students learn how to prepare garden produce for preserving, the ins and outs of food preservation equipment, and a host of other skills! Including, how to water-bath and pressure-can safely and efficiently; preparing fruits; vegetables, herbs, and snacks in a dehydrator; making delicious […]
The Literary Gardener – December 2016/January 2017
“At Christmas, I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s newfangled mirth; But like each thing that in season grows.”
– William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labor Lost,” 1598
Oh, Willy, lighten up! Growing flowering plants in winter keeps gardeners gardening and brightens up our […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – December 2016/January 2017
In October, two girlfriends swept me away to a swank resort in Arizona for an early milestone (more like mileboulder) birthday celebration. I felt loved and pampered. Miravel offers top-notch service with fine accommodations and accoutrements tending to all of life’s comforts. Evening landscapes are replete with stunning high-desert […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – November 2016
He looked like something out of the cartoons, a dazzling green blubbery caricature of himself. Given his lazy, lumbering gait, this little guy was in no hurry to get to his destination.
I inspected him closely, intrigued by his suction cup feet, the wrinkles in the fern-green folds of his skin, […]
The Literary Gardener – November 2016
“Using the proper layering techniques is essential for providing necessary warmth and comfort during the chilly days of fall and winter.” ~ Miss Rich, fashionista and blogger, January 2013
When I moved to Southern Oregon from Hawaii six years ago, I didn’t own a pair of closed-toed shoes, let alone a […]
Order Early for Great Selection!
The Jacksonville Garden Club is now taking pre-paid orders for beautiful holiday table arrangements, swags and baskets in a variety of sizes. On several days in late November, Jacksonville Garden Club members will be busy applying their artistic talents to freshly-gathered boughs, evergreens, cones and bows to make the arrangements, which […]
The Literary Gardener – October 2016
“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in fall is missing the best part of the whole year, for gardening begins in January with the dream.” ~ Josephine Nuese, “The Country Garden,” 1970
For some gardeners, wintertime means growing cold weather crops or enriching garden soil with cover […]
Love Thy Pollineighbor – October 2016
I was walking downtown one bright mid-July afternoon and came upon a bee in the middle of 3rd Street. She was on her back spinning frenetically. I reached down and as her little legs grasped my pinky, I wondered, “Was she battling the residual effects of a recent mosquito spray?” […]
The Literary Gardener – September 2016
“Water is the vehicle of Nature.” ~Leonardo da Vinci, “Codex Atlanticus” c.a. 1600
The great “Renaissance Man,” Leonardo da Vinci, was obsessed with water. Over and over again he drew water—flowing, falling, whirling, raging, destroying. Da Vinci’s series of black and white sketches, called “The Deluge,” depicts a torrential apocalypse, perhaps […]
The Literary Gardener – August 2016
Here’s flowers for you;
Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram;
The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun
And with him rises weeping: these are flowers
Of middle summer, and I think they are given
To men of middle age.
~ William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, 1609
Every summer, my husband, Jerry, and I attend a […]
Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl Garcia is no stranger to creating alluring, larger-than-life metal flowers. Her famous poppies dotting the vineyards east of town may be seen on a daily basis by passerby’s as can her giant Fritillaria sculpture gracing the entrance to the Britt Festival grounds. This year, Cheryl has outdone herself with “Lavandula,” a […]
My first memories of lavender are associated with my English maternal grandmother—as her signature perfume, yes—but also as a tiny muslin bag full of this sweet-smelling plant which I used to sleep with, tucked into my pillow. I remember sitting on the garden wall as a child and making pretty little bags and weaving lavender […]
The Literary Gardener – July 2016
“Heat, ma’am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.”
~ Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith, 1856
Reverend Sydney Smith (1771-1845) was an English humorist and writer who became a clergyman because […]
Artist and Gardener, a new shop in Jacksonville, is a collaborative effort—between a gardener with a love of nature, plants, flowers and animals—joined by an artist that loves to draw and paint them! In the middle is a natural love for antiques and home furnishings. The shop also represents other artists, including painters, jewelry designers, […]