The autumn equinox passes and the heat and parched landscapes of summer make way for fall rain and the glory of autumn color in the well-planned garden. Join us as Norm Jacobs, co-owner of Arbutus Garden Arts highlights the potential for a glorious fall landscape. Find inspiration as Norm shares his beautiful images of Japanese maples, dwarf conifers, enkianthus, cornus, hamamelis, and more plants that shine as the days grow shorter.
Norm Jacobs began gardening at the tender age of 6 under his grandmother’s tutelage – trimming boxwood, pruning roses and tending the vegetable garden. Through his young adult years he landscaped his family’s “tract” house, was involved with public “pension” gardens and served at Alice Waters’ first edible classroom. Math and physics major Norm met botany grad Deb and they eventually built their business Arbutus Garden Arts on 20 acres of bare land in Yamhill. In 2015 they relocated to Portland. Woodland gardens are their focus, as they’ve found the assembly of over-story, mid-story, and understory benefits boththe plants and gardeners with reduced stress and labor. As a nursery, they specialize in Japanese maples, dwarf conifers, Epimedium, and are flirting with woodland (species) peonies, all of which are propagated and grown right from their nursery.