Since this is a Travel and Photography Blog, what better way is there to celebrate summer than to suggest a trip for photos to those of you close enough. For those too far away it may trigger some ideas of your own, and at the least I hope you find the pictures enjoyable.
My suggestion is a trip to the Oregon Garden just south of Silverton on Main Street, also known as Cascade Hwy NE. the Garden is well signed in Silverton.
|Metal Sculpture in the Water Garden|
The Garden opened in 1999 and consists of more than 20 specialty gardens, including a water garden, conifer garden, wetlands, sensory garden, rose garden, and a market garden.
|Should Have Got the Name|
The 80 acre botanical garden run by the non-profit Oregon Garden Foundation is open 365 days a year; May to September 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and October to April 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A complimentary narrated train or tram runs through the Garden April to October.
|Red Dragon Fly|
Besides the Garden itself, the adjacent Gordon House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957 and moved to the Garden in 2002 has tours which can be booked. The Garden also has a gift shop, cafe, and retail nursery. Admission to the Garden is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+), $6 for students, $5 for children (5-11), and children 4 and under are free. Next to the Oregon Garden is the Oregon Garden Resort, a 103 guest room complex with conference rooms, a spa, the Garden View Restaurant, and Fireside Lounge.
|Name? Uh, it's pretty though.|
For me, the non-gardener, the Oregon Garden is a two or three time a year trip for photos of all manner of flowers and wildlife. I may not know what I’m taking pictures of (I really should make more of effort to note the names or flowers I photograph since they are well marked at the Garden),
but I always can spend an hour or two admiring the natural beauty and trying to take even better pictures than before. If you’re looking for an outing and are close enough, the Oregon Garden is a photographer’s paradise spring, summer, and fall.
For more information about the Oregon Garden check out their website www.oregongarden.org.
|The Day Lilies Were in Full Bloom.|
Note: All the above photos shot on June 19, 2014.