Thursday, April 15, 2010

Enjoy Other Gardeners' Gardens

I love visiting other gardens. The next few months provide ample opportunity to visit some of the loveliest gardens in the area. And all benefit worthy organizations. So put them on your calendar and enjoy the efforts of your fellow gardeners! [Of course, if you’re a member of the Hardy Plant Society, you can visit the gardens of some of its members almost every weekend of the year. The Open Garden book is well worth the price of membership!]

May 29 – Inviting Vines ( a tour of six private gardens in SW Portland and the Rogerson Clematis Collection garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

June 5 – Garden Conservancy Open Gardens: a tour of five private gardens in the Portland area from 10:00am - 4:00pm. This is an annual fundraiser for both the Garden Conservancy and HPSO's (Hardy Plant Society of Oregon) grants programs.

June 26 – Seeding Our Future ( Tour eight wonderful, private gardens in Tigard and Tualatin from 10am to 4pm. Garden art fair begins on Friday, June 25 at Tigard High School.

July 10 – Behind The Scenes Garden Tour: features nine gardens in NE and North Portland and Vancouver, Wash. areas. All of the gardens are designed by Association of Nothwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) members. Visit for more information.

If you know of other garden tours, let us know!


  1. ANOTHER GARDEN TOUR: Saturday July 10: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.ORENCO STATION Tour of Secret Gardens. Fund raiser for The Oregon Food Bank and Loaves and Fishes.
    Twelve gardens within walking distance of each other, and an easy stroll from Orenco Station Max station. Lots of free parking. Other exhibits in our mini-parks include local artists, Metro, Garden Clubs, Master Gardeners and lemonade stands!
    All common landscape areas in the award winning neighborhood of Orenco Station are organically managed with no artificial pesticides or fertilizer - a first in Oregon. Tickets ($10) available on the day at N.E. Cornell and Orenco Station Parkway, Hillsboro.
    More information from Caroline Goodall at

  2. I work every Saturday when most garden tours are open. Are there any happening on Sundays?

  3. Most garden tours seem to take place on Saturdays. There are two exceptions that I'm aware of. As a member of the Hardy Plants Society of Oregon (HPSO), you have access to private open gardens almost year round, many of which are open on Sunday and, during the summer months, some gardens are open on Monday evenings. On Sunday, June 27, The 7th annual Cenetral Coast Secret Garden Tour includes gardens on the Salishan Spit, south of Lincoln City.

    -Ann Murphy