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Plant sale has old-time garden favorites

Historic Oregon City home offers heritage plants for sale Saturday


Oregon City’s Stevens-Crawford Heritage House will hold its annual plant sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each year, the sale offers a wide selection of trees, roses, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials, annuals, bulbs and tubers that all are “heritage” varieties.

“In old times, gardens were landscaped very simply, with just a few beautiful but hardy plants,” said Nan Hage, an environmental designer, a gardening instructor with Gladstone Community Educatio and the organizer of the heritage plant sale. “They were pruned less, so they had a wild, natural look. I think they are gorgeous that way.”

Many of the starter plants were dug from the personal gardens of local historic properties. Hage and other volunteers have been working for weeks, thinning beds and potting plant starts from gardens originally tended by women whose heirloom roses and plants long outlived them.

Other starter plants will come to the sale from local nurseries.

“A couple of plant centers have bought specimens from us to propagate, because you just can’t find some of these old-time plants in commercial nurseries,” Hage said.

Popular items from previous sales have included columbines, or granny’s bonnet, from Nan Hage’s 1903 homestead and rare, brilliant blue Centaurea Montana, or mountain bluet, from the Stevens-Crafword 1907 home. Qualified consultants will be onsite to offer tips. “Upcycled” garden art will be available for sale too, including birdhouses made from recycled goods.

The Crawford-Stevens Heritage House is located at the corner of Washington and Sixth Streets in Oregon City’s historic McLoughlin district. Admission is free. Call 503-655-2866 or visit clackamashistory.org for more information.




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