Saturday, 16 July 2016
After a gloriously satisfying garden tour day, we spent a couple of hours in Aberdeen before the hour and a half drive home. We parked at this intersection to go to our first destination.We visited the garden store which had been one of the ticket sellers for the tour. I was smitten with the Dramm sprinklers. The clerk told us how the works are different from other sprinklers and make them last indefinitely instead of the usual breaking down after a year. (Allan remembers exactly what was said and may fill in here.) I imagined how much better these colourful sprinklers would look on our sprinkler posts, but even on sale they were about $30 each and I felt I could only afford one. Can you guess which colour I picked? Marshall’s would be a worthwhile detour if we still went to Seattle sometimes. Next, we explored Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop. Salvadoran restaurant. (A lunch spot in Cosmopolis, called Luna Rana, had been recommended to us by one of the Master Gardeners: “Best potato salad at any restaurant, and the sandwiches are terrific.” It closed at four so we missed out on the tater salad.) and…home again to pick up our mail at our little post office.
I’m left with many thoughts about why Aberdeen appeals to me so much. It feels like a working class area without as much of a class divide as exists here at the beach. I’d like to live in a place that had so many avid gardeners but is still not a big city.
The unpretentious nature of the Aberdeen garden tour, the consistently excellent gardens, the perfect garden grooming and plant diversity, and the welcoming host of knowledgeable volunteers at each garden had given us such a good day. I look forward to next year’s tour and hope that I can encourage more gardening friends to make the drive to attend, whether it is in Aberdeen or one of its neighbouring towns.
Buried here at the bottom of this extra post, is this news: I recently removed myself as administrator of the Facebook page for the local Long Beach Peninsula garden tour because of creative differences. That is a big change in my life, at least from April through July of each year. Because creating a beautiful page had been so important to me for the past four or five years, I found an able person to pass the page on to so that I felt comfortable with the decision (rather than just abandoning it to an uncertain fate). I wish them good gardens and continued success and we will buy tickets to attend their tour on any year that it does not conflict with the Aberdeen area tour.
Never having been a believer in the “when one door closes, another always opens” theory, I was pleased that in this case it all worked out for the best with our discovery of the Aberdeen Master Gardener tour. I can honestly say that even on tours in Seattle and Portland, it is rare to experience a tour where every garden is one that I find inspirational, beautiful, and satisfying. So from a disheartening situation, a new door did open and I was glad to share in the previous seven posts the hidden gardens “behind the garden gate” that we otherwise would have missed.
Next: back to the workaday world as I long for time in my own garden (and Allan longs for time to go boating).