Don Howse and John Rushong
Don Howse and John Rushong, also known as DonJuan, are a rare “bi”coastal couple who spend their summers in Portland, Oregon and winters in Inverness, Florida. They will be celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in February but have known each other for over forty years.
Don graduated from the University of Idaho in Ornamental Horticulture and pursued a nursery career in Sandy, Oregon, specializing in rare and unusual
conifers. He was a rock star in the plant world selling
plants to friends, colleagues, and admirers all over the world. Don has forgotten more about plants than most will ever learn. Don’s Oregon home is a showplace that is visited by groups like The American Conifer Society. His Florida home is now his new greenhouse for his tropical plants.
John graduated from Portland State University in Education. Most of his career was spent teaching First Grade. He requested that the Latino students be placed
in his class as he had developed a Spanish/English
program before it was in vogue. John has always been a Dreamer at heart. He encouraged artists to volunteer in classrooms in conjunction with the district art curriculum.
John and Don never worked a day in their lives because they loved what they did. They have two dogs. Codee is a neurotic Pug who is always hungry. Kruzer is a Papillon-Chihuahua mix who is cute and knows it.
Welcome John and Don!