LeMonds Remains Active in Pacific Northwest Publishing Scene

Jim LeMonds of WriteTek Northwest has published three recent stories, has another on tap, and will be included in an upcoming broadcast on KLTV. LeMonds’ most recent work includes “The Man Who Men Hemingway” (the Columbia River Reader), [Continue Reading]

For the Love of Plants

Digger Magazine, February 2009

Roger and Arda Berryhill have been in the nursery business since 1962, and they have no immediate plans to stop working. During the past 46 years, the Berryhills have established a reputation as world-class propagators and staunch representatives of the nursery industry.

“Raising plants is a true love,” said Arda, who made her mark as one of the Pacific Northwest’s first female propagators more than four decades ago. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Continue reading For the Love of Plants

Grace Dinsdale Generates Perennial Power

Digger Magazine, December 2008

When Grace Dinsdale says that Blooming Nursery is her dream, she’s not kidding.

On a trip to Mexico at age 24, she came down with a severe head cold that left her in what she describes as “an altered state.” That night, the nursery was the focus of her dreams. When she awoke, she immediately began putting a plan on paper.

“Things aren’t always rational,” Dinsdale said. “But it’s worked out well so far.” Continue reading Grace Dinsdale Generates Perennial Power

Setting the Pace

Digger Magazine, October 2008

Some people in the nursery business believe Gordon Gleason is a genius. But Gleason, who invented a series of machines that revolutionized the industry, says his success is simply a product of laziness.

“Even as a kid, I was lazy and looking for a quick way to do things,” said Gleason, 81, who designed, fabricated, and marketed a series of machines during the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that reduced overhead  and streamlined production for nurserymen. Continue reading Setting the Pace

A Deeply-Rooted Legacy

Digger Magazine, August 2008

As a gunnery mate aboard PT-490 during World War II, Ed Schultz survived shelling, strafing, kamikaze attacks, and a long, harrowing night in Surigao Strait. When he returned home from the service in 1946 he promised himself two things – he was through with killing, and he would do his best to make America a more beautiful place. The 87-year-old Aurora resident has fulfilled both of those vows. Continue reading A Deeply-Rooted Legacy

Born of the Mother of Invention

Oregon Nursery Association – Digger Magazine, July 2008

In the years following World War II, the U. S. economy boomed. Two factors that fueled the surge – an expanding housing market and the development of an interstate highway system – proved especially important for Oregon nurserymen. Increased demand for ornamentals and shade trees, in combination with fast, cost-effective shipping, opened the door to national markets for the first time.

But change was required for those who wished to seize this opportunity. The technology that had sufficed during the 1930s and 1940s was no longer sufficient to keep Oregon growers competitive. Continue reading Born of the Mother of Invention