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Paul Bonine

Plantsman, co-owner, Xera Plants and co-author, Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and co-owner of the specialty plant nursery, Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Black Plants (Timber Press, 2009) and is the co-author of the recently released book, Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide, to be released by Timber Press in December, 2017. A lifelong plantsman, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for more than 25 years and has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and the Oregonian. In 2000, Paul co-founded his nursery with the goal of selling to independent retail nurseries that have an emphasis on organic methods and plants adapted to natural rainfall. When he’s not in his nursery, Paul lectures on topics including low-water gardening, unusual woody plants and perennials, and deer-resistant gardening.


Pint-Sized Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens

Many of us garden on small city lots and large plants just aren’t an option. Many of us with big gardens are so plant-crazed that we fill up even large borders quickly. But we can always find room for cool, small plants. We will highlight some of the best petite plants for our region, emphasizing those that are somewhat uncommon but that can be found in the trade with a little searching.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Great Plants Adapted to Pacific Northwest Climates

For many years, we learned to adjust conditions to suit the plants we wanted to grow. Now with climate change and the desire to use our resources more responsibly, we are learning to choose our plants to suit our conditions. We will discuss the array of plants—both native and exotic—that deal beautifully with our wet winters and dry summers, as well as other idiosyncrasies of northwestern climates.

Friday, Feb 9 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow