190322_oct_news_clematis1 LINDA BEUTLER

The secrets of growing clematis on the coast will be revealed this Saturday, March 23, in a presentation from lifelong gardener Linda Beutler at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts.

“As it happens, my parents moved to Rockaway Beach in the late ‘70s,” said Beutler, who gardens in Portland, “so yes, I know a thing or two about growing clematis in the coastal climate.”

A a fifth generation Oregonian, Beutler is also on a first-name basis with nearly 2,000 clematis plants as curator of North America’s foremost collection of the genus, the Rogerson Clematis Collection in Lake Oswego.

Beutler was a professional florist for more than two decades before taking over the Rogerson Collection, she also became the first American president of the International Clematis Society. Her plant-themed articles have appeared in Fine Gardening and Pacific Horticulture and her irrepressible passion for clematis led to her most recent gardening book, “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis.”

Beutler’s presentation, part of the Hoffman Center’s Horticultural Arts series, will start at 10 am at 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission is $15. For more information, go to www.hoffmanarts.org or contact Ketzel Levine at ketzel.levine@gmail.com.

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