An Exuberant Open Garden

A benefit for Pacific Horticulture
in the garden of Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman

Six years ago, PHS board member Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman, publisher of Timber Press, traded 24 acres in the Hudson River Valley and a connoisseur plant nursery 100 miles north of New York City for two thirds of an acre in Portland, Oregon. They gained three hardiness zones in the process.

Today, their exuberant five-year-old garden, Harborton Hill, perches on a hillside above US Route 30 looking out over the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and slices of the industrial landscape of North Portland. Capitalizing on a greatly expanded plant palette, their garden features naturalistic beds and borders planted with a matrix of climate-adapted shrubs and perennials that thrive in Portland’s cycles of dry summers and wet winters.

Bob is owner of Hyland Garden Design LLC and a southeast Portland retail shop called Contained Exuberance, where he sells an eclectic, contemporary collection of pots, fountains, benches, and other ornament for the garden. Not surprisingly, numerous planted containers at Harborton Hill spill out of the greenhouse onto the deck, patios, and terraces.

Andrew and Bob have devoted much of their professional lives to educating and challenging gardeners at all levels of experience through books, magazines, and educational programs at renowned public gardens including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, and Longwood Gardens. Not surprisingly, they are excited to share their own garden to current and prospective Pacific Horticulture members.