Garden-lovers should note their calendars for one of the premier gardening events in the Gorge -- the Annual Columbia Gorge Master Gardener Association Garden Tour, "Along the Garden Path."
The 16th annual tour will be held on Saturday, June 12, in The Dalles; 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 five special gardens with special features at each garden and garden art for sale at all the gardens.
Master Gardeners will be stationed at each garden to answer questions and provide further information.
For garden-lovers, it's really one of the best gardening events in the Gorge. You get to see many different garden landscapes and view new and different ideas that people are putting to work in the gardens.
Admission cost for the garden tour is $5 per person and includes 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, OSU Extension Office in Hood River or Klindts Booksellers in The Dalles.
Many of the gardens this year are handicap accessible.
The Columbia Gorge Master Gardener Association is a non-profit organization made up of Master Gardener volunteers trained through the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program.
The intent of the program is to provide a cadre of volunteers who can provide home horticulture advice to community members.
The Gorge Garden Tour is one of the largest fundraisers for the Association and one way for the Master Gardeners to share information and expertise with the community.