Plant Nerd Night kicks off Oregon gardening year. What will the hot plants be in 2023?

In early March of 2020, Plant Nerd Night, the unofficial official start of the gardening year, was one of the last large, indoor events before the state was shut down for COVID-19.

Three very long years later, it’s back with the same lineup of heavy horticultural hitters and the same congenial host, Mike Darcy.

But there are a few changes as well.

The event, always standing room only, has moved to a larger location, the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium.

Also, even though it’s still called Plant Nerd Night, it begins in the afternoon (2 p.m.) this Sunday.

And, Darcy insists, it’s no longer the unofficial official season opener.

“It’s official,” he said. With a lot of help from the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, “it’s turned into the first major plant/garden event of the year.”

Of course, after a wild three years in the nursery business, some changes

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