Dear Hydrangea enthusiasts,


Welcome to the February 2009 newsletter for Hydrangea Plus®.  January was an exciting month with the celebration of a new president.  I’m hoping and hopeful that President Obama can kick some recession behind.


What’s Happening…

The rebuilding is going slowly but surely.  It’s taking longer to deconstruct the houses than I thought it would.  The snow and ice did the job in just a few days.  We have our liner houses up and running and we’re waiting to fix some of the other houses until some revenue comes in to pay for the costs.


Hydrangeas Plus® Catalog (IX)

I have re-thought my original strategy.  We are going to print the 2009 catalogs!  But, the bad news is that I’m going to have to charge for them.  Because we are doing fewer, the cost is much much greater.  I should have them ready this week or next.  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 but David is trying to figure out a better way for that.  The pdf is so big! 


In case you missed our last newsletter, 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.


1 year plants on sale soon!

Yes, those little babies are looking good.  Because they are small, I want to make sure they are good and rooted before I put them on the website.  They are usually ready April 1st but I’m not even going to hope for that but definitely possible.  After the cool spring last year and the delay in growing, I tried to start them a little bit earlier last year in hopes of being ready sooner.  We’ve had a few beautiful days of 60 degrees and we’re doing the grow dance.


Sale – Free shipping

Free shipping off orders of $100 or greater. This offer is good just through February 28th.  Orders must ship before May 31st, 2009 and is good to US addresses only!  It’s a coupon code and if you have trouble, just let me know.  Use the coupon code, FREE SHIPPING (below your shopping cart) once your order has reached $100.  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.



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 .  We have a page all set up.  I’m waiting for those hydrangea leaves to peek out and I’ll get some new pictures.  In the meantime, all the newsletters and events will be posted.


Shipping and office schedule

We’re off and running.  Order early and often.


We are back to work at the nursery but I will be in the nursery supervising the construction and repairs so please, leave a message or send an email.  I’ll try to get back to you promptly.


2009 New Offerings

Don’t forget, we have these new offerings and they are fabulous! Order soon before I sell out.


Schizophragma Roseum (pink climber cousin of the hydrangea family)

Macrophylla Jogasaki (double lacecap just exploding with blooms)

Macrophylla Seafoam (lacecap that wants to grow up and be a mophead)

Macrophylla Brunette (dark red/purple blooms, you’ll have to order early on this one)

Macrophylla Gerda Steinger (best cut flower in the world!)

Macrophylla Merritt’s Beauty (reliable bloomer with strong flowers, strong colors)

Paniculata Pinky Winky ™ (Indeterminate flowering, new white blooms at tips while other keep red)

Serrata Painter’s Pallet (Dirr’s open pollinated seedling, glorious green and pink lacecap)


Hydrangeas Plus® important dates for your calendar

Here at the nursery

Open House - Retail Sale – March 20th & March 21st

Overstock Sale – April 25th – May 9th

LeTour des Plants – September 12th – September 20th


Markets and events where Hydrangeas Plus® will be selling plants

Plant Nerd Night (Lake Oswego OR) – March 6th (NEW)

Gardenpalooza (Aurora OR) – April 4th

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


Speaking engagements

Yard, Garden & Patio Show (Portland OR)– February 27th, 11am

West Linn Garden Club (West Linn OR)– March 2nd, 7pm

Multnomah Garden Club (Portland OR)– March 12th, 7pm

Villa Garden Club (Portland OR)– March 26th, noon

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


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Kristin VanHoose

Hydrangeas Plus®