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Free Plant Day at PCC Cascade – Bring your shovels!

December 15, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Bring your shovels and take free plants home!

To kick off construction of an underground parking garage, a new academic building and the new student center at PCC Cascade Campus, the college will be giving away all the plants in the existing parking lot between N. Albina Street and N. Mississippi Avenue just south of Jessup Street.

To support this community event, Hoffman Construction, the construction manager and general contractor for the campus project, will host a FREE Bratwurst BBQ featuring local sausages with all the fixings to people taking plants home.  First-come-first-serve plants will be available by self-serve excavation so don’t forget your shovels.  Additionally, we will be digging up trees  that can be salvaged with an excavator.  All plants and trees in the parking lot are available, however proper transportation must be provided by the person taking the plants.  You can also reserve a limited amount of plants and or small trees by contacting  Jacob-mckay@hoffmancorp.com in advance.

Here’s an example of some of the plants available:

  • Japanese Spindle /Euonymus japonicus is a fast growing, evergreen, medium sized shrub. Its glossy dark green leaves are opposite, oval, up to 7cm long, with finely serrated margins. The green/ white flowers are small star shaped and up to 5mm across. These are followed by small spherical pink fruits with orange seeds.
  • Fothergilla gardenia is a fragrant, cylindrical plant made up of long, white filaments, and open before the leaves in spring. In autumn, the foliage shades range from blood red to blazing yellow, and every shade in between.
  • Western Redcedaralso called Pacific redcedar and shinglewood, a grand and long lived tree, achieving both height and breadth through 200-300 years. Ideal for lowland and dampish areas, it does better on more level surface as it tends to be too heavy for slopes.
  • Bergenia cordifolia is noted for its beautiful bronze fall foliage. Its leaves are rounded to heart-shaped and sometimes puckered, growing to about 12 inches. It bears pink to rose-red flowers on red stalks in late winter to early spring.
  • Liriope/Lily turf  sometimes called “monkeygrass” – is not a grass at all but a member of the lily family. The plant is well behaved in the garden and tends to stay put with the clump slowly increasing in size. In August plants send up spikes of blue flowers above the foliage that resemble the unique blue blooms of grape hyacinth – hence the species name.


December 15, 2012
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Cascade Campus, parking lot
705 North Killingsworth Street, Portland, 97217 United States
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Abe Proctor
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