Rare Plant Research

by Anna Marie Cooper June 02, 2014

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to make it to one of the semiannual open houses that takes place at Rare Plant Research in Oregon City. In Oregon, you really can't wait for perfect weather to go outside, and most of us are fairly habituated to the rain. May and April, however, are totally different beasts. It's the time of year where the clear blue skies lure you out on picnics and hiking expeditions only to turn into monstrous hailstorms within ten minutes of arriving at your destination. Naturally, we arrived just in time for downpour that left us trapped inside. Luckily we were trapped within extensive nurseries housing an enormous collection of flowering succulents and fuzzy leafed exotics. It can't help but trigger the potential plant hoarder in all of us. Eventually the rain did let up, and we were able to wander around the extensive grounds with the most perfectly landscaped ponds and gardens. Overall, it left you with the feeling of having been plunked down in the middle of a postcard. If the ground hadn't been soaked we could have easily spent the day here lounging around in the sun, drinking wine, and buying more plants than would be advisable. Check out their website to see when they are open next!

Anna Marie Cooper
Anna Marie Cooper


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