A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at The Oregon Garden, located in the stunning Willamette Valley town of Silverton.
I am so fortunate that I had booked an extra day for this trip as I was completely unaware of the sheer magnitude of this impressive garden.
More than just a beautiful space, this garden consists of 80 acres of teaching and demonstration gardens, all seamlessly flowing from one to the next.
Conservation is a theme that runs throughout the gardens, from teaching about the importance of local water eco-systems and forestry to helping gardeners create their own water-wise gardens.
While one day wasn’t nearly enough to capture the essence of this impressive garden, I’ll do my best to give it a try.
Since I’m from hot, dry California, wandering through the Conifer Garden was a visual and textural treat.
Oh, how I wish we had more water so I could grow some of these!
The soft gold needles of the ‘Silver Mist’ Cedar and the weeping, steely blue Engleman Spruce (below) were two of my favorites.
I loved this family of Pot People, placed at the entrance to The Children’s Garden.
Wandering through is a Tree House, true Outdoor Rooms, a Hobbit House and Dinosaur Dig.
Native plants are woven throughout the various gardens.
In their full glory, these native plants not only show just how beautiful they can be in your home garden, but also how important they are in attracting much-needed pollinators.
The bee enjoying his feast on this ceanothus pretty much sums it up! Below, are the Camas flower and Spice Bush (calycanthus.)
In addition to emphasizing native plants, non-natives that are drought tolerant are planted everywhere.
Like these fiery Oriental poppies that are thriving in the blazing hot parking lot!
Below are the yellow blooms of a sedum, gently cascading over a stone, and the cheery orange blooms of helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant.’
Planted throughout the ornamental beds were some of the most beautiful artichoke plants I’ve ever seen!
Artichoke plants not only provide stunning contrast with their highly structural leaves, when left to bloom they turn into giant purple thistles adding yet another level of interest to the garden.
And what garden would be complete without homes for birds and bats?
While this is just a small taste of what you’ll experience if you visit The Oregon Garden, I hope you get the chance to experience it for yourself.
And if you do, make sure to allow at least a few days! Remember, it’s 80-acres!