Name & Age: Jaime Carole English
Hometown: SW Portland, OR (Cedar Hills!)
Current Neighborhood: Just moved to the Montavilla area at Mile Post Five.
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I do landscape design and master planning for retreat centers, summer camps, and residential gardens at Kahoots llc. / I design garden elements to inspire imaginative outdoor play which I believe we need much much more of/I invite my friends over for collaborative collage & art making parties/ I go swing dancing/ and I visit dear friends on the other side of the world.
What do you create? Landscape design plans and garden art for the “imaginative soul”.
How did you land in Portland? As a seventh generation Oregonian, I’ve got roots as deep as an Oregon White Oak. When I graduated from UO, Portland was obviously the place to move to. My wonderful family was here. That, and Portland had apparently gotten cool since I left. I didn’t take it personally.
What is the last book you read? I’m in the middle of “Last Child in the Woods.” I rarely sit down to read a good book though because once I do, I can’t stop.
Name your favorite tattoo. I am a girl who has to rearrange her furniture every 2-3 months. I would never be able to live with the permanence of a tattoo. Henna on the other hand suits me just perfectly!
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Korean Ribs at Namu on Belmont and 43rd. I love their cold spinach salad!
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Whichever is lying on the nearest café table. And the Portland Tribune…is that still even around?
What is your favorite bridge and why? The Morrison itself is a sad sight but I am convinced that it’s the best view point of the Portland skyline. All the other bridges are glorious from it at night.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? My own little European style stove top espresso maker. Reminds me of German breakfasts in Ueberlingen.
Coast or Mountains? Coast & Central Oregon. I grew up visiting family at both every summer and I associate both with that utterly care free state of mind that is rarely found outside of childhood.
Only in Portland moment? The following conversation occurs at any social event I attend in Portland, and nowhere else: “So, where are you from?” “Portland.” “Portland? Really?” “Yeah I actually grew up here.” ” Wow?! Don’t see many of you around.”
A favorite local business? Besides Kahoots, my favorite is Bosky Dell Native Nursery. They’ve got a fabulous native plants selection and beautiful art (made by Lory, the owner) throughout their well established demonstration gardens. And, as it turns out, my mom lived in a barn on the property her first year out of college while she and my dad were dating, before the nursery was even there. So it’s got crazy family history too. It is a little outside of Portland though. Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island is also an amazing plant/garden lover’s experience and I think it would be a great location for an elegant outdoor wedding reception.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Ah! A bike person, but a fair-weather, give-me-my-own-bike-space-without-traffic, let’s-make-biking-family-friendly, kind of bike person. I actually ride the very bike that my dad used to ride and tow me around with in one of those original Bike Gallery kid trailers.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I would abolish the clipping of shrubs into individual balls as a maintenance strategy. Every grocery store parking lot would suddenly be a garden if we allowed plants to actually grow and (gasp!) touch one another, and I could finally walk from my car to the front entrance with my eyes open and a smile on my face. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
And finally, where can we find you on the web? www.kahootsdesign.com