Rare Plant Research



 Garden Dinner June 13, 6:30pm

We kick off our summer garden dinner series Saturday, June 13th starting at 6:30pm. Chef Dave Clark, will create a five course gourmet Italian dinner including our Villa Catalana wine all for $80. Our Pinot noir and Cascade Berry Fortified Wine Liquor won gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- the largest American wine tasting in the world with over 6400 wines entered. Join us and get inspired! To see the menu and make reservations go to www.villacatalanacellars.com.

 Special one day Sale

Join us June 20th from 11am to 4pm for a specail end of spring plant sale. Chef Dave Clark will provide lunch and Villa Catalana wines will be available for tasting and purchase.


Annual Garden Party in July

July 11th from 5:30-9pm, a party not to miss. Bring your friends, grab a seat and enjoy a meal outside with a view like no other. Reservations are accepted after July 1st. There is a $10 cover charge. Sign up on our e-mail list to get advanced notice.


Annual Art in the Garden Party

With plein air painters, jazz and food and wine, August 22 5:30 to 9pm. Reservations can be made here on the web page after August 5th. $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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Spring is in full swing at Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars. The Laburnum allee is in bloom, the Cannas are up and the olive trees are leafing out after losing most of their leaves in last Decembers deep freeze. In the deep freeze we lost a Jubea chilensis. We are a little colder then Portland (we had a low of 8f to Portland's 12f)  and probably it would have made it in Portland. It...read more
Posted on 12 May 2014 | 9:02 am

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

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