Why Public Gardens, and Why Clematis? With Linda Beutler, Curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (FRCC)
Public gardens have played an integral part in US History. Why? And why build a public garden around a clematis collection? Join Rogerson Clematis Collection curator Linda Beutler for a look back in time to when plants growing together in harmony was a metaphor for people living in harmony. Then we flash forward to the genus Clematis, with 325+ species spanning all the major continents except Antarctica, which might make this band of vines, herbaceous perennials, and shrubs the most companionable genus on the planet.
Linda Beutler grows a great variety of plants on a simple city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Her passion for clematis led to the publication of her first book, Gardening With Clematis (now out of print) followed two more Timber Press titles: Garden to Vase, and 2016’s Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis.
Linda serves as curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (FRCC), North America’s only accredited clematis collection and she is the immediate past-President of the International Clematis Society. In July 2018 she was given a Golden Clematis Award by the International Clematis Society for her service to the Society and the genus Clematis. She has been an adjunct instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College (CCC) since 1996, specializing in herbaceous perennials (their cultivation and use) and cutting gardens for home and commerce.
Linda lectures internationally (thanks first to Canada and now Zoom) on a variety of gardening topics, and she has made numerous appearances on Portland’s Garden Time TV.
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