Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,
Welcome to the April 2012 newsletter for Hydrangea PlusŪ.
Happy Easter!  We hope everyone is having a wonderful spring.  We’ve had our usual ‘four weather events in one day’ kind of spring here.  Snow, hail, rain and my favorite, sun – spring.  I really think they appropriately named this time of the year.
Speaking with different customers from all over the country, it has been a very strange spring for not just the Pacific Northwest.  I’m not sure there will ever be another normal spring around here.  We’ll just have to wait and see what next spring will be.
We are seeing some blooms!  And, just a little bit of color.  Leaves are leafing, buds are budding on some of the new wood blooming cultivars.  It is going to be a great summer for hydrangeas!

What’s Happening…
Our annual on-site retail spring break weekend sale was a huge success.  The sun decided to bless us with a beautiful day but not too hot.  Customers really enjoyed our friends at Fry Road Nursery, Seabright Gardens and Dancing Oaks Nursery.

The annual Gardenpalooza at Fir Point Farms will be next weekend, April 14th from 8am to 4pm in Aurora.  (see  There will be 45 local vendors selling everything from awesome tools, garden art and hydrangeas (that’s me!).  We will be there rain or shine as usual.  We usually have a little of both but for the 10th anniversary of this awesome event, please do your sun dance.  You’ll even see us vendors buying plants from one another.  Come early, too.  Parking is limited and don’t park on Arndt Road or you will be ticketed.  Clackamas Sheriffs will be grumpy.  If you want me to bring a plant for you, please let me know by Thursday, April 12th.

Our next event is our annual overstock sale here at the nursery.  See heading later in the newsletter for details.

Spring Overstock sale – BIG BIG SALE
Sale is April 27 – May 12, 10am to 5pm daily only here at the nursery.  Don’t miss out.  I’m not sure what we will have but come and find out.  We grow more than just hydrangeas so come even if you’re not looking for hydrangeas.  Look for the signs once you get close to our place (they are white with a picture of a hydrangea)

Our address is 6543 S. Zimmerman Road Aurora OR 97002 

Remember, no presales.  Opening day is Friday, April 27th.

Sale – Free shipping
Back by popular demand!  Free shipping on orders of $175 or greater to the first 100 coupon users! This offer is good just through April 30th, 2012.  Orders must ship on or before June 19th, 2012 and is good to US addresses only and cannot be applied retro-actively!  It’s a coupon code and if you have trouble using the coupon just let me know.  Use the coupon code, FREESHIPPING (below your shopping cart) once your order has reached $175.  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 send me a note with the order, email or call right away and I can fix it for you.

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Remember Mother’s Day
It’s never too early to think about getting that special lady in your life a special gift.  How about a hydrangea!  Or a gift certificate from Hydrangeas Plus!  Mother’s Day is May 13th this year.  Orders for Mother’s Day will need to be placed by May 7th at 1:00pm, PST.   We can send E-mail gift certificates through May 11th.  We should have lots of hydrangeas budding and ready to bloom by then so let us help you pick a hydrangea.  Be sure to include any special comments on the order, too.

Working and office schedule
We’re off and running, literally this time of the year.  If the internet ordering isn’t for 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 and not sit inside and do paper pushing on sunny days.  But I’m never far away.  Email is always a great way to reach me.  Email me through the website or at

A little administration
When we upgraded last year, many folks had trouble logging into their user accounts. If this happened to you, please let me know.  I can fix the problem.  With the new upgrade, any zip code with the 4 digit extension will not allow you to login to your account.


Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas PlusŪ