Was it all just a dream?

As Debra and I merged into I-5′s dark, rainy, Seattle rush-hour traffic a month ago and headed south toward Portland, Oregon, we both sensed that something momentous was about to happen, but neither of us could have possibly anticipated the extent or the beauty of that magical, forty-eight-hour whirlwind trip as we were first being swept into it. How could we have?

A scene from the sorting table at sustainable, Peterkort Roses. (www.peterkortroses.com)

The source, the real fount of all that magic  . . . was the people.

It was most certainly not the weather or the traffic. And though we managed to avail ourselves of a few really delicious meals during our whirlwind trip, it was not Portland’s deservedly famous restaurant scene, either.  No, it was definitely the people . . .

Just some of the delightful floral-friendly faces we encountered during our Portland visit.

The kindness, the delicious, creative energy and unfailing generosity of the people we met just kept blowing us away; the way one ever-so-helpful flower grower at the Portland Flower Market introduced us to a floral designer, who then walked us over and effusively introduced us to yet another designer from another shop, telling us openly in her introduction just how much she admired the other’s work. I mean, really, how often does that sort of thing happen in the world you live in? But there, within that energetic space and time-warp it happened again and again. There is something special going on in the floral world around Portland, Oregon, and here, for your edification and viewing pleasure is a first taste, a small initial sampling of those delightful faces and dancing eyes that so completely charmed us during our brief visit. We hope you will enjoy it and that you’ll check back as we delve in and offer more detailed glimpses of some of their inspiring stories.

Adria Sparhawk and Teresa Weis in Adria's rainy garden. (www.lavishflora.com)

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Yolanda Vanveen January 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. My family, Vanveen Greenhouses had a booth at the flower market for twenty years so I recognize many of the people!~
And of course I love Portlandia!

compostinmyshoe January 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Examples of the true sense of the floral arts. I want to be in a community like that one!!!! Cool post.

Pam/Digging January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

I love to see photos of people enjoying plants and gardens. Thanks for sharing!

David Perry January 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

Hi, Yolanda . . . what a cool glimpse and connection. Thank you. And Jim, aka Mr. Compost, I have a feeling the community of Portland would know exactly how to embrace a soul such as yours. Pam, you’re welcome. Thank you for making time to say hi.

Alea Joy February 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

WOW, that you so much for this David and Debra! Your visit was a true pleasure. We can’t wait for your next visit, and to see how this beautiful book shapes up.

~Alea and Sarah @ Solabee

David Perry February 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

Alea and Sarah, you are most welcome. We had such fun visiting your shop and getting a glimpse into your magical love affair with flowers and plants. This is just a first installment . . .

bianca of terri planty February 14, 2011 at 12:03 am

i love all the variety of faces and flowers. lovely!

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