Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,


Welcome to the April 2009 newsletter for Hydrangea Plus®. 


What’s Happening…

Our annual on-site retail weekend sale was a huge success.  We met some new folks, answered some hydrangea questions and didn’t freeze.  What a step up.  We had beautiful spring weather, you know, rain, hail, sun breaks and the only thing missing was some lightning.  We don’t get that very often I assure you.


We finally had a 70 degree day, actually three in a row.  Us pacific northwest people feel like mushrooms and we’re so ready for the sun to shine, we must celebrate. Yahoo!  The seventh annual Gardenpalooza at Fir Point Farms was a huge hit with the glorious weather and plant enthusiasts from all over.  Okay, back to work and back to the 60 degree rainy weather.


Hydrangeas Plus® Catalog (IX)

The number 9 catalog is done and printed and it looks gorgeous.  Remember that I’m going to have to charge for them this year.  Because we are doing fewer, the cost is much much greater.  The charge is $5.  Order on line (at or send me a check to

Hydrangeas Plus®

PO BOX 389

Aurora OR 97002


I did put the PDF on the website. 


In case you missed our last newsletters, we had some significant damage with a December storm and lost 20 cold frame greenhouses to the weight of snow and ice.  Our insurance company has denied our claim for the damage.  With the large cost to repair our cold frame greenhouses, we are not able to send out the catalog, at least for free this year.  I hope we can continue our free catalog practice in the future.  I’m so proud of the catalog each and every year and I want to share it with as many of you as possible.  It’s not just a sales tool, it’s good information for growing hydrangeas.  And, it has pretty pictures that I update a vast majority every year.


Spring Overstock sale – BIG BIG SALE

Sale is April 25 – May 9, 9am to 5pm daily.  Don’t miss out.  I’m not sure what we will have but come and find out.  We grow more than just hydrangeas….

Our address is 6543 S. Zimmerman Road

Aurora OR 97002

Directions are on the website under Retail Hours and local


1 year plants  - One more week, I promise.

We’ll start shipping these out on April 20th.  It’s been a cold spring and gads, the plants are just now looking full and leafy.  We do not artificially encourage our plants with chemicals so they are ready when they want to be and not a minute sooner.  I can just imagine them sticking their tongues out at me, just like my 4-year old, if they had a tongue.


Sale – Free shipping

Free shipping off orders of $165 or greater. This offer is good just through May 1st.  Orders must ship before May 31st, 2009 and is good to US addresses only!  It’s a coupon code and if you have trouble using the coupon, just let me know.  Use the coupon code, FREE SHIPPING (below your shopping cart) once your order has reached $165.  You won’t be able to see the coupon is accepted and in effect until your reach the check out stage.  If there is an error with the coupon, you will get a purple box at the top of your shopping cart that says ‘you have entered an incorrect coupon code!’.   But again, if you have trouble, just email or call and I can fix it for you.



Welcome new Facebook subscribers.  We have catapulted to 230 fans but don’t ask how many are related or friends.  Yes, we are online and jumping into this new mode of information.  First YouTube and now this!  Join us for updates, information, interesting happenings and other hydrangea news.  Just search for Hydrangeas Plus or go to  I’m waiting for those hydrangea leaves to peak out and I’ll get some new pictures.  In the meantime, all the newsletters and events will be posted.


Working and office schedule

We’re off and running, literally this time of the year.  If the internet ordering scares you, you’re not alone and we’re here for you.  If I’m not in the office or on the other line, please leave a message.  I’m a working owner, the big boss, the lone office employee and I like to get my hands dirty.  Mondays are totally crazy now with mail order frenzy but otherwise, I try to stay in the office in the morning, 9am to noon, Pacific Standard Time.


Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville, Georgia

This is the 2nd annual event.  It is in honor of our hydrangea matriarch, Penny McHenry.  For information about the events, see the website at  For tickets, see the website or call 1-800-661-0013.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful event.  Dates are Friday evening, June 5 to Sunday afternoon, June 7th, 2009.


Hydrangeas Plus® important dates for your calendar – more details on the website

Here at the nursery

Overstock Sale – April 25th – May 9th

LeTour des Plants – September 12th – September 20th


Markets and events where Hydrangeas Plus® will be selling plants

Gardening on the Edge (Newport OR)– June 26th & 27th


Speaking engagements

Gardening on the Edge (Newport OR) – June 27th, 2pm (new)

Hardy Plants Society Genus Species (Portland OR)– August 11th, 6pm


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Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas Plus®