Garden-lovers should note their calendars for one of the premiere gardening events in the Gorge -- the Annual Gorge Garden Tour "Hidden Treasures 2003" offered by the Columbia Gorge Master Gardener Association.
The 15th annual tour will be held on Saturday, June 14, in the Hood River Valley; hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour switches between Hood River and Wasco counties each year. This year's tour features seven gardens throughout the valley, as well as one point of interest.
"For garden-lovers, it's really one of the best gardening events in the Gorge," said organizer Coleen Garrabrant. "You get to see many different garden landscapes and view new and different ideas that people are putting to work in the gardens."
The admission cost for the garden tour is $5 per person and includes a brochure, a map to the gardens, educational demonstrations, refreshments and a plant and garden art sale. Participants may start the tour at any one of the gardens or pick up maps at the following stores: Waucoma Bookstore, Good News Gardening, Country Produce and the OSU Extension Office in Hood River or Klindts Booksellers, Hughes Feed and Grain, or Wheatacres Irrigation in The Dalles. Many of the gardens this year are easily handicap accessible.
The seven gardens this year provide a look at a myriad of gardening techniques and practices from innovative irrigation ideas to conservation and landscape design techniques. Master Gardeners will be stationed at each garden to answer questions and provide further information.
The gardens included are: A Conservation Garden, Jurgen and Susan Hess, 412 24th Street, Hood River; A Garden With Hardscape, Sheryl and Randy Graves, 4300 Chamberlin Drive, Odell; A Stately Country House Garden, Myrna and Dick Sponhauer, 4758 Baseline, Parkdale; A Very Hidden Treasure, Linda Floyd and Rick Lehman, 1373 Barker Road, Hood River; A Berry Fruitful Garden, John and Shirley Ihle, 3675 Holly Drive, Hood River; A Four Seasons Garden, Bruce and Connie Burton, 1300 Indian Creek Rd., Hood River; A Very Beautiful Garden, Karen and David Louiselle, 6139 Hwy 35, Mt. Hood;
For more information about the Gorge Garden Tour, contact Coleen Garrabrant, master gardener, at (541) 386-3364.