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Paul Bonine

Travels from:

Portland, Oregon

Other speakers from Oregon

Speaking topics:

  • Gardening in Changing Climates
  • Low Water/ Natural Rainfall Gardening and its Benefits
  • Ornamental Gardening and Climate Change
  • Pushing Your Zone: Gardening Up to the Line

Paul Bonine

Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and owner of the wholesale specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plant man, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian.

In 2000 Paul co-founded his nursery with the goal of selling to independent retail nurseries that have an emphasis on organic methods, drought-tolerant plants, and plants adapted to natural rainfall. Xera's market soon stretched from the central Willamette Valley of Oregon all the way north to Puget Sound.

When he is not in his nursery, Paul lectures on topics including low-water gardening, unusual vines, and deer-resistant gardening. He resides in Portland, where he continues to test and select new and useful plants for Pacific Northwest gardens.

Books by Paul Bonine

Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden

By Paul Bonine

160 pp., paperback


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