Rare Plant Research






Our annual open garden and nursery will be May 17th &18th 2014 from 11am to 4pm. Join us for lunch with Dave Clark's King Quesadilla, wine tasting at the greenhouses with Kings Raven Winery and with Villa Catalana Cellars in the garden conservatory tasting room. Tour the gardens and enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir.   

Our Annual Garden Party will be held July 12th, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm.

The nursery will be open from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Dine on the veranda on gourmet items our caterer cooks up while sipping a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir as music floats across the ponds.

By reservation only.

Reservations accepted after July 1st, 2013.

To receive an invite, request to be placed on our e-mail event list.

$10 cover charge.




Rare Plant Research rents Villa Catalana Gardens in the summer for a limited number of special events such as weddings, celebration dinners and receptions.
To request more information, please e-mail us at rareplant@gmail.com.



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FALL 2013
Fall is here and the days are short and cold. Daylight Savings time is gone, the garden has frozen back and it is time to slow down and get ready for winter. Before the fall rains came we harvested our Bhut Jalocia and Scorpion chiles and made hot sauce. The chiles are some of the hottest in the world and are many times hotter then habaneros. The sauce is so hot, one drop is enough. One bottle is...read more
Posted on 24 November 2013 | 10:36 pm

Huge Bromeliad Blooms!
Alcanterea imperialis is blooming at Rare Plant Research. This is one of the world's largest bromeliads outside of the genus Puya. It is native to the hills near Rio de Janiero and grows 4-6 feet wide and the bloom stalk grows up to ten feet high. It grows on rocky cliffs and the roots attach to the rock face which holds the rosette up-right. The roots do not absorb nutrients like most plants,...read more
Posted on 13 May 2013 | 9:34 pm

Fall 2012
FALL 2012 Fall is really here after a glorious late summer that seemed like it would never end. At Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Gardens we had no rain from late June until mid October. The succulent plants loved it. They got watered about once every two weeks or less. The photos in this blog post are all from our terrace garden which is a bed about four feet wide and 90 feet long...read more
Posted on 7 November 2012 | 8:26 pm

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