Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden Tour: Sebright Gardens

Last weekend, my hubby Steve and I celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary. On the way to Silverton, Oregon for an over-nighter and a hike along the trails of Silver Falls State Park, we stopped at an event called The Jewel Box Plant Sale. It was put on by the nurseries of the Cascade Nursery Trail at the site of Sebright Gardens, just north of Salem, Oregon. Sebright specializes in hostas. Although I like hostas, I'm not a serious collector so visiting this nursery has never been high on my must-do radar. But wow! I was really impressed with the gardens.  

Not just the hostas, but every single plant--and there were tons!--had a clearly legible label. Because I was mindful of my ever-patient, non-gardening husband, I was trying to be quick about things. I took lots of photos but didn't write down the names of the hostas.  

This sculpture reads, "Mid America Garden". I don't know the significance, however.  

Look at the plants behind it. 

Tiny to giant--Sebright has all the hosta varieties.

I wish this Farfugium was for sale. Gorgeous!

This photo gives you an idea of how huge the gardens were. See those people way back there? 

Lots of mature trees create the perfect environment for shade-loving hostas, while the sunny areas
host bloomers like roses, penstemon and earlier-blooming paeonia. 

This garden is situated on a south-facing hill. The gradual gradations made the garden magical. 

The gazebo is not crooked. It's its the fault of bad photo-taking on my part. It was getting hot.
The person inside the gazebo is my ever-patient hubby. 

I love this. 

Even the annuals looked nice. 

The cotoneaster berries were looking fab. 

And now for some of the plants that tripped my trigger: 

How cool is this?

I don't have room for another tree in my garden and I'm typically not a fan of orange,
but wowzers! Check out this Cercis canadensis 'Rising Sun.' 

I've seen Chinese Foxglove (Rehmannia elata) for sale here and there.
But I'd never seen it live and in color. Now I must have it. 

After seeing variegated Harlequin Glory Bower (Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Variegata') last year,
I've been in love with it. Fortunately I haven't seen it for sale anywhere
because if I did, I'd have to buy it even though I have no room for it.
Plant people will understand. 
There was a plant sale. All of the other nurseries on the Cascade Nursery Trail, had their booths at the front of the gardens while Sebright's sale was in the back. Here are a few photos.

A long row of Heucheras. 

A huge hoop house full of ferns and hostas. And to the left of it, a few miscellaneous goodies.
I couldn't think straight about the hostas. I wanted every single one.
Instead I found a Lathryus vernus, paid for it and hurried back to my groom....
Waiting for me in a shady nook. 


  1. Many, many congratulations to you both Grace. What a great place to visit to celebrate such a special day. Our anniversary is in December - not ideal for garden visiting much to himself's relief. The Chinese foxglove is easy to grow from seed :)

  2. What a thrill it would be for me to see all those hosta in one place! I love that "shady nook"....

  3. Happy anniversary and thanks for sharing your tour! I've seen that Cercis 'Rising Sun' in catalogs and, frankly, wondered if the pictures were photo-shopped - I guess not!

  4. Happy anniversary! I'd never seen Cercis canadensis 'Rising Sun' before and it's a gorgeous thing! One of these days I'll get to Seabright as I'm always impressed with their plants at sales!

  5. Happy anniversary!

    I visited Sebright for the first time last year, what a place! I was very impressed. The owners, Thomas and Kirk, are also two of the nicest guys you would ever hope to meet.

  6. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful garden!

  7. Steve looks pretty comfy there in the shade. I bet you could have snuck in another hour or so. The hostas are so good at knitting a shady area together. I especially like raising some high in pots. I'm going to try that next year.
    Happy Anniversary.

  8. WOW! May I come sit for awhile in all of your gorgeousness! LOVE!

  9. Gorgeous garden tour! those hostas are amazing. thanks for linking up to this weeks garden party over here at Fishtail Cottage! Curious what type of camera you have...i'm in the market for a new one! xoox, tracie

  10. what an absolutely wonderful garden. I would love a tour. Its great to get ideas too
    Lovely pictures thanks for sharing

  11. Happy anniversary! I'm familiar with Sebrights' website but have never been there since it has the nerve to be 3,000 miles away. There's no way I could have left empty handed.

  12. A very happy anniversary. I enjoyed taking a virtual tour of your beautiful gardens.

  13. Thanks for the tour, and happy belated anniversary! Wow, if I ever travel out that way, I'll make sure to put Sebrights on my list! The Rock Roses and Cotoneaster are huge!

  14. Wow, how fun! Worth the trip, I'd say. And I am now even more convinced that I need a bigger yard. :)

  15. Wonderful tour photos. Love the Chinese foxglove. I've toured their garden and purchased a few hostas. Beautiful setting.

    Mid American Garden is an iris garden adjacent to Sebright. Here is a link to their site.


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