In April of every year, HPSO sponsors an event that is probably the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Vendors from far and wide – from nearly the Canadian border to the California border – come to Portland to offer the latest plant introductions as well as the time-tested (and hardiness-tested!) plants. Complementing the plant vendors are specialty garden art vendors bringing one-of-a-kind pieces made from metal, wood, glass, ceramic, fabric, and stone. Each work of art is handcrafted by the vendor. This is a wonderful event, and it’s particularly nice to have so many nurseries and artists, with so many plant choices and specialty works, all under one roof!
Volunteers make the sale happen. It takes about 240 volunteers working 3-hour shifts to ensure that the sale goes smoothly. As a benefit for helping out, volunteers get to shop one hour before the general public.
Hortlandia is held at the Portland EXPO Center. This event is open to both HPSO members and non-members, and admission is free. There is plenty of parking. Although the City of Portland charges for parking, a few dollars can be saved by carpooling. But, be sure to leave enough room to take home some plants and art! Also, keep in mind that the Interstate MAX Yellow Line also goes right to EXPO for those that wish to take mass transportation.
A few things to keep in mind: No pets, wagons, strollers or carts are permitted inside the building. HPSO will make reasonable accommodation or will provide assistance for people with disabilities. Please contact the HPSO office in advance so arrangements can be made, and let one of our Greeters at the entrance know if you require assistance.
A room map and vendor list are typically available two or three weeks prior to the sale. For more information click here