‘Embroidering’ a garden with plants and blooms
by SARA PERRY, Oregonian Food and Lifestyle Columnist
When it comes to gardening, are you all thumbs without a green one in the bunch? Or, perhaps you’re an urban gardener without a space to seed. Either way, it’s time you met Rosie Sullivan.
Sullivan and her husband, Sean, own and operate N&M Herb Nursery in Hubbard, and her colorful hanging baskets and pots are a weekly hit at the Vancouver and Beaverton farmers markets. Rosie, whose given name is Efrosinia Zenuhin, was raised as a Russian Old Believer but left the community when she met her husband at the Oregon coast more than 20 years ago. The couple decided that with Rosie’s knowledge of herbs and plants, they could create a nursery business. At first, the Sullivans concentrated on herbs but soon grew to include an array of landscape plants and flowers.
After visiting the couple’s Eden-like nursery, I asked Rosie if she would take a break and answer a few questions.
How did you learn to create such unusual baskets and pots?
From embroidering. Growing up as a Russian Old Believer, I began sewing at an early age. From about the age of 5 until you’re married, every girl spends her free time embroidering a trousseau to decorate the home of her husband’s parents. That’s where the newlyweds live. Anyway, it’s how I learned to put bright and cheerful colors together, and now I simply do it with plants and flowers.
Do you have a favorite flower or herb?
Lavender. I’m always telling women lavender is a girl’s best friend. What else smells so good, looks so beautiful, relaxes you and makes a headache go away? You can drink it, eat it, make it into lotion and even bake it into cookies. A fresh bouquet of lavender in the summer says it all.
Any advice for new gardeners?…
Sunday, June 08, 2008