Greg Graves of Old Goat Farm talks Hostas

Hostas in the Summer (2014)

Hostas in the Summer (2014)

We had a great meeting on January 9th at Kathleen Owen’s home. Greg Grave of Old Goat Farm came and spoke on Hostas. Although none of our Hostas are out of the ground yet, he had lists of various types, pictures of the plants in his yard, and information on dividing and creating healthy clumps. We all left ready to buy out his nursery when it opens up this spring.

We talked about visiting some gardens around the area, like Powells, in the spring. It’s cold outside, but we felt like we’d peaked at spring.

 

 

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Greg Graves talks about Garden Rooms

One of the garden rooms at the Old Goat Farm

One of the garden rooms at the Old Goat Farm

On January 10th we had Greg Graves, co-owner of the Old Goat Farm, come talk to us about designing garden rooms.
We left with a lot of valuable information, like:
• first deciding how you want to use the space
• creating mystery
• the differences between formal and informal
• creating structure
• decorating up the space
•  . . . and that flowers come last.

The meeting was held in the Eatonville Visitor’s Center and Helen Neighbor and Mayumi Jones, were hostess and co-hostess. Thank you for the warm coffee on a cold day and the wonderful desserts.

 

Visit to the Old Goat Farm

Sept 13 meeting at Old Goat Farm

Sept 13 meeting at Old Goat Farm

We started off the 2012-2013 year with a trip to the Old Goat Farm. The day was wonderful — in the 70s — and one of the owners, Gary Waller gave a talk on designing with recycled elements in the yard under the apple trees. Since the last year’s windstorm, they created a spectacular “artful” compost fence. It’s 12 feet tall, three feet deep and 60 feet long. I don’t think I’ll be looking at windfall the same again.

We got a private tour of the grounds and a chance to make some purchases at their nursery. We also left each with a sample issue of Pacific Horticulture. Who could ask for more?

Diane

Greg Graves of Old Goat Farm talks about Great Plant Picks

 Greg speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club about Great Plant Picks

Greg speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club about Great Plant Picks

On an extremely warm September 8th, we invited Greg Graves come talk to us about Great Plant Picks.

About Greg
In addition to being one of the owners of the Old Goat Farm nursery, Greg was the head gardener at The E.C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, WA for 13 years, and retired in the spring of 2011. Greg has also been an enthusiastic member of the Northwest Horticultural Society of which he is past president of the board and chairman of the education committee.

He is on the perennial committee of Great Plant Picks and president of The Pacific Horticulture Society. His current passion is building the new garden at Old Goat Farm.

Dogwood gals enjoying some social time

Dogwood gals enjoying some social time

Checking out Great Plants
Greg brought a wide selection of plants and talked about their attributes and why they were selected for Great Plant Picks. The plants were also for sale, so we left educated and with fabulous plants to add to our yards.