Thursday, 23 June 2016
We’re publishing this evening, as well. With 25 gardens toured in four days, we need some double posting or else we’ll be writing about this summer sometime next fall.
on our way….
For the first night of Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, we had chosen to stay at the Oregon Garden Resort, a lodge and cottage-like hotel rooms right next to the large Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. This would give us the chance to tour the Oregon Garden before the Study Weekend garden tours began in Salem on Friday morning. We would then move to a hotel in downtown Salem for Friday and Saturday nights. Both places offered a much appreciated special discount to study weekend attendees.
We drove in rain almost all way. On the Astoria Megler Bridge, I saw a fellow who I thought would arouse Mr. Tootlepedal’s sympathy.
We took quiet roads for three hours and a bit, over the coast range and then through small towns and farmland.
The Oregon Garden Resort
We dropped our luggage into our lovely cottage like sleeping room.
We hustled out to catch the tram that would take us all round the Oregon Garden.
After the garden touring (which will take up a long post, next), we returned to the lodge for dinner.
As we embark upon touring 25 gardens in four days (including Oregon Garden), here are some brief thoughts on garden touring. I don’t believe in writing negative things about any garden whose owner has been kind enough to open it for view. (When we mutter rare criticisms among other gardeners, we are ever so careful to do so away from the garden where the owners cannot hear.) I often don’t even photograph parts of a garden that make me cringe for one reason or another. (I have a THING about untrimmed dead fern fronds and I’m not big on cutesy sculptures of children, although cutesy frog sculptures tend to charm me. I have nothing against a well placed cherub or gnome.) I would rather see a tiny working class garden created out of scraps, seeds, and a passion for plants than the most elegant and enormous garden bought with big money. I really do believe that “Earth can no longer afford the rich”. However, I have seen some gardens of obviously wealthy people who were also hands on gardeners and hortheads, and I set aside my feelings about wealth to thoroughly enjoy those gardens. A tour consisting of only gardens made of big money makes me annoyed. This year, and last year in Portland, the Hardy Plant tour had an excellent mix. Oh, and the more I have to say about a garden in text or captions, the better I like it.
Next: our walk through the Oregon Garden. I’ve divided it into three parts so that readers will not have to load a hugely post. The three parts will be published within minutes of each other so that you will have the opportunity, if you so desire, to experience what it is like to walk through the entire garden in one evening. Congratulations in advance to those who make it through all three posts!