Holiday Bazaar

Art, Music and Food
at Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center

This weekend the first ever Holiday Bazaar is going on at the garden center. My coworker John and I are co-coordinating, with the whole garden center team pitching in in multiple ways. We’re really excited to have over 20 local artists and crafters each day, selling irresistable handmade items (alert: low-stress, easy on budget gift-gathering opportunity):

-small paintings (especially jewel-like resin coated fantasies by Brittlestar)
-soft hats and mittens and arm warmers
-a diverse array of jewelry
-garden art especially metal sculpture
-glass art especially the carefully composed lightboxes featuring marine life by my studio mate Anne Phillip.

The artists are the main attraction, but there are a lot of other things happening: be serenaded by live musicians in the straw bale lounge, drink hot spiced cider and snack on gingersnaps, or tamales by casa de tamales, preview handmade, all local wreaths (rosehips! willow! salal!) that just arrived and fresh cut trees. Or check out the ridiculous selection of living trees (Turkish fir, Mountain Hemlock, Doug fir, Alaska cedar, about 20 more..) if you still want that humid yet fresh scent of boughs in the house, but would prefer to plant the tree afterward in your garden or a park, or keep it potted for future use.

If your personal traditions dictate none-of-the-above, the season may best be celebrated by planting Hellebore. Also called the Christmas rose, it’s a true winter bloomer. When grown from seed, as most are, the flower color will be a surprise unless you buy when it’s blooming. They interbreed like columbine or hostas and are highly variable. They are a potent medicinal plants, also known as toxic if you don’t know what you’re up to. They make sublime cut flowers: so lovely and detailed. And because they often nod in the garden, it’s nice to be able to enjoy them up close. The centers of the flowers are complex and the petals are often veined and spotted in contrasting colors. But I digress. If it’s winter interest in the garden you seek, or even winter edibles, come hither. Kale, cover crop seeds, cool season herbs and starts and edible flowers. Tea bushes, blueberries, garlic, shallots. Come in.

My new friend Ruthie and I began an experiment this weekend. After taking down the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants (a sad project, they being still so hopeful and naive, laden with never-to-be-ripened fruits,) we commenced a winter veg planting. Beets and just-sprouting garlic were all that remained from the previous layout. We infilled with seed of spinach, daikon, cherrybell radish, microgreen mix, asian greens mix, beets and pak choi. Over the top we constructed hoops out of hazel coppice, which I will cover with clear plastic in my free time.

I have been dreaming of these and other veggies and painting tiny little blocks and small blocks with seeds and veg. They are part toy (for ages won’t-put-in-mouth and up), part knick-knack. For the bazaar I’ll be setting up a display of them in the Cottage, which we are turning into a little gallery, along with some recent paintings.

One more thing. If there are little folks in your life please bring them to enliven our beloved kid’s area: Fishing game, bean bag toss, coloring station, decorate a pot and plant a paperwhite bulb to take, or a pot of cat-grass. We have ridiculous, 90% healthy and environmentally friendly prizes for the games.

This Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
November 7 and 8

6025 SE Powell Blvd.


About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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