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Untitled Garden in Arch Cape, Oregon 2000

Former owner:
Hurd, George
Portland Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 14 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Oregon, Clatsop County, Arch Cape
Arch Cape
Untitled Garden (Arch Cape, Oregon)
Under development since 1976, this garden's gradual construction and evolution have resulted in a collection of borders and rock gardens informally planned, constructed, and changed gradually over the subsequent years. This process continues with the addition of crevice gardens to replace a portion of the existing rock gardens. Primarily a collectors' garden rather than a designed landscape, the garden focuses on rock gardening and alpine plants; between 1,500 and 2,000 species are represented. Salt tolerance, especially of small shrubs, is a primary issue, although there are microclimates even on this small piece of land. Rainfall is also high, averaging 110 inches per year, with 150 inches being experienced in two recent years. Some of the rock gardens with sensitive alpines are covered in the winter, while winter gales can reach 60 to 70 miles per hour. Some of the plants have been purchased from nurseries, but the majority have been grown from seed or cuttings acquired from friends or in the wild. Wild-collected seed and the resulting plants in the alpine gardens are the most valued garden material. These collections of seed have been taken on trips in Europe, Asia, South Africa, and North America, although the main concentration has been on South America, especially in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. In addition to the border and rock gardens there are troughs, containers, and frames.
Persons associated with the garden include: George Hurd (former owner, ca. 1942-1973).
The folder includes a worksheet and a garden plan.
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