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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Oregon Garden, Silverton

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I continued my walk through the damp Oregon Garden, no longer in rain, still in solitude.

Past the fire resistant house and the pet friendly garden, I saw some steps going uphill.

Past the fire resistant house and the pet friendly garden, I saw some steps going uphill.

O to have some rocks like these, and a backhoe to move them with, and a gate big enough to get the backhoe in.

O to have some rocks like these, and a backhoe to move them with, and a gate big enough to get the backhoe in.

sign of work abandoned when the heavy rain began earlier in the day

sign of work abandoned when the heavy rain began earlier in the day

to my right: old oaks, and a view to the west, and woodland paths I did not take.

to my right: old oaks, and a view to the west, and woodland paths I did not take.

climbing up the comfortably well spaced steps

climbing up the comfortably well spaced steps

Allan's photo, at a different time

Allan’s photo, at a different time

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

breathtaking white trunks in the soft, damp light

breathtaking white trunks in the soft, damp light

I do wish I had these instead of alders in my little woods.

I do wish I had these instead of alders in my little woods.

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suddenly, bananas

suddenly, bananas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I glanced into the children’s garden.  At first sight, all that interested me there was the faux hobbit house.

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a squirrel running into the hobbit house

a squirrel running into the hobbit house

Walking past the Children's Garden

Walking past the Children’s Garden

drinking fountain by a restroom building

drinking fountain by a restroom building

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Coleus (a favourite slug snack) under the slug fountain (Allan's photo)

Coleus (a favourite slug snack) under the slug fountain (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo. I did not get the coleus joke till he pointed it out.

Allan’s photo. I did not get the coleus joke till he pointed it out later.

I found the kitchen gardens next by following the sound of chickens.

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grapevines

grapevines

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The kitchen garden was large and well done.  I guess I reveal again that I am more into ornamentals as I didn’t take photos of it, except for this cute shed:

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past the grapevines and edible garden

past the grapevines and edible garden

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I wish I had looked closer at these.  I think I spy cosmos inside.  Later in the weekend, we saw a garden with boxwood squares with…nothing inside but bare dirt.  I was mystified and bothered by that.  They are supposed to be framing something.

across from the kitchen gardens, lots of bedding out

across from the kitchen gardens, lots of bedding out

At this moment, Allan called me, after we had not caught one glimpse of each other since the conifer garden an hour and a quarter earlier.  We had had the garden to ourselves, seeing only six people toward the end of our solitary walks when we converged at this bedding out garden.

He asked me if I had seen the Children’s Garden and I confess I had skipped it. Having been a dad and a Girl Scout troop assistant, he’d taken more of an interest.  When he told me there was a train, I was eager to see.

The Children's Garden

The Children’s Garden

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Well done!

Well done!

My father had a large toy train display in our basement, and my interest was always in landscaping with the little trees and the barn and farm animals rather than running the trains.

train display landscape

train display landscape

much better than the artificial trees I played with

much better than the artificial trees I played with

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

How would that truck safely get out?

How would that truck safely get out?

My uncle Al was a well known train collector and seller.  My first paid job was collating his train catalog.  He had trains worth a great deal of money, but my dad’s layout with mountains, trees, and a farm meant more to me all of Al’s train treasures.

Earlier in the day, Allan had taken these photos of the Children’s Garden:

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more work suddenly abandoned because of pouring rain?

more work suddenly abandoned because of pouring rain?

turtle path

turtle path

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Among the weird plants were Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’, Eryngiums, and Platycodon (balloon flowers).

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some riddle answers

some riddle answers

These arbours get progressively shorter.

These arbours get progressively shorter. Adults need to turn right.

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fairy gardens

fairy garden

fairy gardens

fairy garden

fairy garden

fairy garden

fairy garden

fairy garden

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one of the few other people in the garden; we had it to ourselves for two hours.

one of the few other people in the garden; we had it to ourselves for two hours. (Allan’s photo)

faux hobbit house (Allan's photo)

faux hobbit house (Allan’s photo)

We left the Children’s Garden to have a look at the Axis Pond and more plantings.

looking far down the slope to the Lupine Fugue sculpture

looking far down the slope to the Lupine Fugue sculpture

Over the Axis Fountain, we can see the Oregon Garden Resort (where a restaurant dinner beckons).

Over the Axis Fountain, we can see the Oregon Garden Resort (where a restaurant dinner beckons).

Axis Fountain

Axis Fountain

Because it was only 7 PM, we decided we had time to have a look at the vast wetlands that are to one side of the garden.

some information back by the Visitor's Center

some information back by the Visitor’s Center

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birdwatching info by the wetlands trails

birdwatching info by the wetlands trails

marshland

marshland

wetland trail

wetland trail

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

mysterious gate (Allan's photo)

mysterious gate (Allan’s photo)

Beyond the gate, we found the Secret Garden that the tram driver had hinted at at the beginning of our tour.

Beyond the gate, we found the Secret Garden that the tram driver had hinted at at the beginning of our tour.

lots of fast, loud water

lots of fast, loud water

cool plants in the secret garden (Brunnera 'Looking Glass', pretty sure)

cool plants in the secret garden (Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’, pretty sure)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back to the wetland trail

back to the wetland trail

back to the trail: bridge over fast water (Allan's photo)

bridge over fast water (Allan’s photo)

One last photo before going in to dinner

One last photo before going in to dinner

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I made it through the whole garden (except for the oak tree woods), bad leg, cane, and all. Go, me!

I made it through the whole garden (except for the oak tree woods), bad leg, cane, and all. Go, me!  (I was rather chuffed.)

We hope to visit again, but it would be a rare thing to have the pleasure of having the garden all to ourselves for so long.  It was a magical evening that I will long remember.  Thanks for joining us for three long blog posts, published all together in an attempt to share the feeling of the entire walk and how the garden areas interconnect.

Next: Three days! 24 gardens! Hardy Plant Society (not so studious this year) Weekend in Salem, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Oregon Garden, Silverton

Having toured the entire Oregon Garden by tram and then walked through the Amazing Water Garden, the Bosque, and the Conifer Garden (where I lost Allan), I continued on alone through the rest of the garden.  Allan took a different route, and for awhile he wondered where the Oregon Garden Resort was (where we were staying).  That’s how big the garden is.

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annuals mixed with perennials as I continue my garden exploration

annuals mixed with perennials as I continue my garden exploration

The Drought Tolerant Garden (on a sunny slope)

The Drought Tolerant Garden (on a sunny slope)

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unclipped santolina

unclipped santolina; this is why I clip them hard in early spring.

the demonstration Fire Restistant House

the demonstration Fire Resistant House

fascinating stuff

fascinating stuff

rock instead of plants next to the house

rock instead of plants next to the house

Below the Fire Resistant House: The Pet Friendly Garden.

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Pet Friendly Garden

Pet Friendly Garden

Although I have a curmudgeonly aversion to statues of children, this one has a cool feature of water dripping out of the flat bowls.

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watering and cooling off station

watering and cooling off station

Both the Oregon Garden and the Oregon Garden Resort are dog friendly.

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The Pet Friendly Garden

The Pet Friendly Garden

Good dog.

Good dog.

Love him!

Love him!

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The Pet Friendly Garden has a naturalistic (or maybe it is natural!) stream.

The Pet Friendly Garden has a naturalistic stream.

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It is a built water feature; you can see a glimpse of the underwear (liner). I like this very much and wish I had the energy and know-how to make a feature like this.

useful tips throughout the garden

useful tips throughout the garden

Pet Friendly Garden

 in the Pet Friendly Garden

I next came upon the rose garden.  Even when riding by earlier on the tram, I had seen that most of the roses were nibbled by deer, which led me to wonder how much other damage deer do in the 80 acre garden.

nibbled roses

nibbled roses

not enough fence to keep the deer out

not enough fence to keep the deer out

looking back toward the rose garden

looking back toward the rose garden

Have fallen back in love with threadleaf coreopsis, hope I can find a start at a job (KBC) where the garden owner has gone off it and keeps pulling it out!

Have fallen back in love with threadleaf coreopsis, hope I can find a start at a job (KBC) where the garden owner has gone off it and keeps pulling it out!

I found the Tropical House.

I found the Tropical House.

inside, warm

inside, warm

the Pavilion

the Pavilion

a stunning hydrangea

a stunning metallic coloured hydrangea

across the road

across the road; We’d had a lot of rain.

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Allan looked down upon the sunflowers but never did find the pavilion or tropical house.

Allan looked down from above upon the sunflowers but never did find the pavilion or tropical house.

I do very much like a metal building.

I do very much like a metal building.

On the same level, a bit further down

On the same level, a bit further along; I followed the sound of the waterfall.

splashy and loud

splashy and loud

I think this waterfall was descending from the wetlands that provide water for the gardens.

I think this waterfall was descending from the wetlands that provide water for the gardens.

classic bedding out: octopus and starfish

classic bedding out: octopus and starfish

Some easy stairs to climb.

Some easy stairs to climb.

I wanted to be up there.

I wanted to be up there.

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The air had an intense sweet fragrance here.

The air had an intense sweet fragrance here.

lilies (Allan's photo)

lilies (Allan’s photo)

Kniphofia 'Little Maid' (Allan's photo)

Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’ (Allan’s photo)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Punica granatum 'Nana' (dwarf pomegranate) (Allan's photo)

Punica granatum ‘Nana’ (dwarf pomegranate) (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium venustum (Allan's photo)

Eryngium venustum (Allan’s photo)

down the slope (Allan's photo)

down the slope (Allan’s photo)

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Nearby were some small “garden rooms” created by different landscapers.

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wish I had big rocks in my garden but...no way to get them in.

wish I had big rocks in my garden but…no way to get them in.

Walking down a path….

on one side, compost demonstration garden

on the left, compost demonstration garden

another view

another view to the right

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composters

composters of all sorts

down on the rose garden level again

down on the rose garden level again

Past the rose garden, we had seen, from the tram, an old oak woods descending down the hill.  I did not walk there as it was outside of the designed garden.  Now, passing the fire resistant house again, I looked for a way up to the rest of the landscaped terrain.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Oregon Garden, Silverton

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As you can see, the garden is enormous: an 80 acre, 15 year old garden created to showcase Oregon Horticulture.  Because we began our tour at 4:20 PM, I wasn’t even sure we’d have time to see the entire garden.  We began by taking a tram from the adjacent Oregon Garden Resort all round the garden.   I am publishing the story of our walk in three parts together so that you can have the experience of seeing the garden all at once, if you like.

Waiting for the tram in torrential rain, looking at the garden far across the field

Waiting for the tram at the resort stop in torrential rain, looking at the garden far across the field

I took some photos from the tram as it gave us a half hour tour.  It was a wise choice to ride around first, because it let the rain slow down and also helped orient us for our long walk.  The tram driver gave an amusing and informative talk all through the drive, despite rainwater pouring onto his leg from a leak in the tram roof.

from the tram

from the tram

from the tram

from the tram

**from the tram

from the tram (Allan’s photo)

from the tram: children's garden

from the tram: children’s garden

from the tram: vineyard

from the tram: vineyard

We began our walk from the visitor’s centre (or we could have gone round on the tram as many times as we liked).  Rain still fell.  We were not about to let that slow us down.  Join us on our two and a quarter hour walk and you will see that the rain turned to drizzle, then mist, then stopped.  During our hours in the garden, we only saw six other people and those only in the last fifteen minutes.

visitor's centre patio

visitor’s centre patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Agastache 'Cotton Candy', one of my favourites

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’, one of my favourites

cannas

cannas

Eryngiums

Eryngiums planted en masse. As I should.

Birdsfoot trefoil at entrance to Amazing Water Garden

Birdsfoot trefoil at entrance to Amazing Water Garden

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Amazing Water Garden

sea serpent

sea serpent

water seeped down this wall

water seeped down this wall

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nearby: an eco roof

nearby: an eco roof

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continuing on

continuing on; signage was helpful with orientation

The Bosque. The trees will eventually grow together overhead.

The Bosque. The trees will eventually grow together overhead.

Each tree has a space to fit in four pots of annuals.

Each tree has a space to fit in four pots of annuals.

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The Conifer Garden. We had heard this was the best thing. And it was.

The Conifer Garden. We had heard this was the best thing. And it was.

Conifer Reference Garden

Conifer Reference Garden

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Allan's photo: Tom Thumb is supposed to always stay tiny like that.

Allan’s photo: ‘Tom Thumb Gold’ Oriental Spruce is supposed to always stay tiny like that.

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looking out at the bosque

looking out at the bosque

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To be in this grove felt spiritually enlightening.

To be in this grove felt spiritually enlightening.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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This was the moment when I decided to rip out my whole garden and replace it with conifers.

This was the moment when I decided to rip out my whole garden and replace it with conifers.

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Picea pungens ‘The Blues’

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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold' (Allan's photo)

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’ (Allan’s photo)

‘Bush’s Lace’ Englemann Spruce (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Where to go next?

Where to go next?

This was the last I saw of Allan for an hour and a half.

Looking back: This was the last I saw of Allan for an hour and a half.

a clever way to display picket fence pieces for backdrops

a clever way to display picket fence pieces for backdrops

The tram driver had told us that 40 to 50 thousand annuals are planted each year.

The tram driver had told us that 40 to 50 thousand annuals are planted each year. (Cleome, which I love and don’t have enough heat to grow well.)

The Lupine Fugue, looking back toward the resort

The Lupine Fugue, looking back toward the resort

and to the open sky of the west

and to the open sky of the west

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lupines under the lupine fugue (Allan's photo)

lupines under the lupine fugue (Allan’s photo)

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Next, we'll find a way down to see what is below. Because of our tram ride, I know that the rose garden is across the lawn.

Next, I’ll find a way down to see what is below. Because of our tram ride, I know that the rose garden is across the lawn.

 

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