Pacific Northwest

September, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Portland Fall Home and Garden Show
Every year the Portland Fall Home & Garden Show strives to find home improvement authorities and backyard gardening gurus to provide inspiration and answer all your questions. This year the show runs October 6 through 8 and has numerous television celebrities and noted authors presenting ideas on everything from cooking to gardening to home decorating. You'll find helpful hints, good prices, hundreds of exhibitors, and a dozen beautiful garden displays. For more info, go to:
http://www.radiotown.net/portland/newhomes_pdxshow/index.htm.

Clever Gardening Technique

Cottage Garden Potpourri
As you're cleaning up the garden this fall, be sure to harvest some petals and leaves for potpourri.

Ingredients
2 cups lavender
2 cups rose petals
1 cup rosebuds
1 cup mock orange flowers
1 cup scented geranium leaves
1 cup bergamot leaves
1 cup pinks
1 cup larkspur flowers
1/4 cup daisies
8 love-in-a-mist seedpods
8 strawflowers
5 tablespoons orris root

Preparation
You may substitute some of the flowers or leaves with those of your choice, using fragrances that you prefer. Gently combine flowers and leaves, then mix the orris root fixative with the spices, and blend in with your hands.

Sprinkle on essential oils if desired, one drop at a time, stirring between each drop. Seal and store in a warm, dry, dark place for six weeks to "cure."

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