At the last garden of the day, I was excited to see a garden bed with some collectible plants, something that I felt had been missing in all but the very first garden of the tour.
The corner contained a tiny pond or puddle surrounded by interesting plants.
As we went around the side of the house, I continued to be hopeful that at least we were in a collector’s garden. I was also consumed with curiosity over whether or not the house was a double wide manufactured home that had been nicely clad in wood. (I looked hard for evidence of a seam and I finally decided it was probably just a ranch style rambler.) Having moved into one less than a year before, I wanted to find ones that were more cottagey and less manufactured looking.
We emerged from the side of the house not into more garden but into a landscape alongside a lake. This was the same lake, but a different garden, from where the tour ended last year, somewhere between Warrenton and Gearhart.
By the seating areas, magazines and an informative display of bad plants were laid out.
We walked down to the lake to look at a fenced vegetable patch…
On the way we passed a boggy pond garden in the lawn.
We were highly amused and delighted by the cat bridge.
This the first time we had been at the Astoria tour late enough to partake in the post tour reception, and a delicious feast it was.
We were in a crowd of many society members who knew each other, so we quietly sat and ate the yummy little treats.
Note all the garden hats! In listening to the folks talking, I was moved as they spoke of missing the late Oregon garden writer Dulcy Mahar and of having toured her garden. Also, I had a revelation: I usually come away from the Astoria garden tour having wanted MORE. More plant collections, just more GARDENY gardens. The revelation was that this is put on by the historic preservation society. NOT by a bunch of plant nuts like the Hardy Plant Society. Thus the gardens vary in, well, garden ness. I don’t make negative comments about the ones I like less, because that seems mean. And there is almost always one or two “gardeny” gardens. In the future I will not let my expectations be so high, so I will enjoy the tour more next year.