I first met horticulturist Dan Heims through my friend Mary, who lives just down the street from him. At that time he was engaged in the very exotic pursuit of selling plants (mostly hosta varieties he'd created) over something called the "internet" and doing quite well at it. Imagine!
His business, Terra Nova Nurseries, has become one of the gold standards among wholesale nurseries, supplying perennial plants from his Portland-area business to retail garden outlets all over the country. He's mostly known for developing and introducing myriad new heucheras, but has also brought new varieties of ligularia, hostas and just about any other perennial you can name to the market.
You can hear the man himself speaking on the topic of new perennials from around the world, get tips on importing plants and get answers to your most perplexing gardening questions on Thursday evening, April 19, for just $10. I'll bet he'll also have copies of his latest book, Heucheras and Heucherellas, available. Seems like a deal!
Details: Dan Heims on Perennials. 4/19; 7 pm; $10, tickets available at the door. Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St. Phone 503-222-1069.