June 16, 2011 Edit
ASLA Emerging Professionals:
Wine Tasting + Nursery Tour Spring 101 Series
On June 9th the Emerging Professionals group enjoyed a beautiful evening in Newberg, Oregon at Oregon Small Trees Nursery. Owner Dave Leckey gave an educational talk about the process of building his nursery, consisting mostly of mature small trees. He explained sustainable growing processes, shared the different qualities of the trees and how their form matures over the years. Dave discussed how these small trees can inspire a design and become a nice accent in small places. The nursery was started about 15 years ago when Dave began planting a group of unique and unusual small slow growing conifers. Today, the nursery is still mostly small conifers with a selection of small maples.
In tangent with the nursery tour, K&M Alchemy Vineyards held a wine tasting in the central gathering space. Ken Morrison, owner of K&M, poured a selection of their Pinot Noir vintages.
The evening out in Newberg was a nice juxtaposition to the bustle of Portland where attendees had a chance to wander around the nursery enjoying wine, cheese and fruit.
Dave Leckey talks about the qualities and characteristics of a tree at Oregon Small Trees Nursery
ASLA Oregon Emerging Professionals 101 Series - Dave Leckey at Left