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Friday, July 25, 2008

Kinzy Faire ~ Barber Meets Champagne Cork

A pair of tenacious Oregon gardeners walk the high-wire “between order and chaos.” Horticulturist (and lifelong learner) Allen Bush takes us along.


Linda Beutler leads a horticulture class at Kinzy Faire,

Millie Kiggins and Penny Vogel’s garden near Estacada, OR

Photo: Allen Bush

By Allen Bush

Ferris Bueller might not have skipped school if he had been taking Linda Beutler’s herbaceous perennials class. (Ferris, you may remember, was the mischievous high school boy who took a day-long romp in a “borrowed” 1961 Ferrari 250 GT in the 1986 comedy film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. )

Instead, he would have been happily motoring in Beutler’s school van, making the slow trip to Kinzy Faire, the beautiful private garden near Estacada, Oregon.

Clackamas Community College in Oregon City has a respected horticulture curriculum designed to train gardeners and serve Oregon’s nursery industry – a leading U.S. producer of ornamental trees and shrubs, now approaching one billion dollars in annual revenues. Linda Beutler, an author and expert on Clematis and flower arranging, is teaching the class this summer.

She introduced eleven students to the two extraordinary women of Kinzy Faire, Millie Kiggins and and Penny Vogel, who have been on their own long, wonderful ride.

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