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Taking care of a Wright – Grant boosts needed Gordon House upkeep

By Brenna Wiegand Last month the Oregon Cultural Trust awarded the Gordon House Conservancy a grant of $13,325 toward ongoing preservation of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. The money goes a long way toward funding the stabilization of a sagging 20-foot beam spanning its living room, thereby preserving the home’s structural integrity and protecting the Conservancy’s mission of educating […]

Dig it: Grass roots effort to de-weed Oregon Garden receives outpouring of support

By Melissa Wagoner “This is a call to arms for our community to help save our local treasure – The Oregon Garden,” Mary Coleman wrote in an impassioned post on the Facebook group, Silverton Connections on May 23. Within hours Coleman’s post had dozens of replies from community members eager to pitch in. “She just went for it,” Ana Farris, […]

Business of the Year: The Oregon Garden, Resort, Foundation lauded

Oregon Garden’s Gift The Oregon Garden and Resort are celebrating the Business of the Year Award and thanking Silverton residents for their support by offering discounts during February. Silverton residents will receive 50 percent off admission to the Garden and 25 percent off food and beverages in the Fireside Lounge at the Oregon Garden Resort (excluding Feb. 12-14 in the […]

Garden hires development director

Mark Hunter has been hired as the development director for The Oregon Garden Foundation. Hunter is responsible for shaping the  fund development program for The Oregon Garden, including endowment, capital, annual giving and major gift campaigns. Hunter has held senior level positions with the Boys Scouts of America in Arizona and Washington; the United Way of Northern Arizona, and with the Arizona Community Foundation. Throughout his […]

Growth at the Garden: New geocaching, new tours, new pavilion

By Brenna Wiegand It’s time for a quick quiz. When is the last time you have visited The Oregon Garden? Do you know what’s been added to the Children’s Garden? Seen what’s growing in the Market Garden and used for meals in the cafe? Know where the new pavilion is? Can you name at least three events happening there this […]

Winter Wonderland: Twinkling Rediscovery Forest filled with surprises

By Brenna Wiegand A magical and charming event at The Oregon Garden is bound to become a holiday tradition for families and friends. Reminiscent of a traditional German Christmas market, Christmas in the Garden will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. Visitors will board the Holiday Express tram, […]

Five years of growth: Oregon Garden Resort plans a party

By Kristine Thomas  Five – is the number of years it has been open; 103 is the number of rooms it has; 318 is the number of weddings held there in the past five years and 199,466 is the number of guests who have stayed there from October 2008 through August 2013. Yet those numbers don’t begin to convey the […]

Garden caches: Volunteers need to map Garden treasures

By Brenna Wiegand What a great way for an older, less technologically savvy bunch to grasp GPS and the opportunities it affords than The Oregon Garden. A June 13 event at the Garden was the initial outreach for support of a new, ambitious project to utilize a global positioning system (GPS) and geographical information system (GIS) to map coordinates and […]

Stitches bloom: Garden hosts quilt show

Quilting demonstrations, lectures, quilt-related vendors and a tearoom with lunch fare will all be part of the sixth annual Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show Jan. 25 – 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Featured artist will be Charlotte Warr Andersen, creator of one-of-a-kind pictorial quilts, who will give daily lectures. There also will be a three-day pictorial appliqué workshop […]

Good cheer: Many events bring people together to celebrate the holidays

From the Hazelnut Festival in Mount Angel to Santa’s Workshop at The Oregon Garden, from the Christmas tree lighting in downtown Silverton to the Celebration of Families and the Angel of Hope gathering, December is a time of year when what it means to be a community comes forth.  Photos by Kristine Thomas and Jim Kinghorn

Ever evolving: More changes as Oregon Garden celebrates 10th anniversary

Since April Purdy set foot on Oregon Garden soil nearly a dozen years ago she has witnessed key elements in its evolution. The plants and trees have matured. Individual gardens have transformed into lush masterpieces that for years existed only in the minds of their creators.

Wetlands wonders: Water treatment system creates setting for flora, fauna and new view of garden potential

The Oregon Garden is not just another pretty place. Home to more than 100 bird species, a variety of wild animals, a small but highly skilled team of horticultural professionals and a dedicated group of educational partners; the project showcases some of the best things Oregonians hold dear. It is a place with many one-of-a-kind collections of trees, plants, blossoms, birds, animals and people.

Garden concerts Summer series announced

A varied selection is planned for the 10th annual summer concert series at The Oregon Garden. Tickets go on sale May 20 for garden members, May 27 for the general public. Garden summer concert tickets The Oregon Garden, 503-874-2538 (toll-free 877-674-2733), or TicketsWest at 800-992-8499, ticketswest.com $3 transaction fee applies to phone orders. Also available at The Oregon Garden Visitor […]

The Oregon Garden chosen for seed test display gardens

Seed breeding and production companies Ball Corp., PanAmerican Seed and Proven Winners have selected The Oregon Garden to grow and evaluate plants for future marketing. “The Oregon Garden has been chosen to provide feedback on how the test plants perform, and to also share responses from the public. We are pleased to be a part of the process,” said Jeff […]

Giving back: Corps member wears badge with honor

Gardening gives a person a lot of time to think. At least, that was what Emily Stieber, 22, was doing on a fair day in late February – thinking – and gardening. The recent college graduate from Wisconsin was enjoying the fresh air and physicality of trimming back hefty clumps of pampas grass at The Oregon Garden. She is part of the 10-member AmeriCorps team that recently spent five weeks working full time at The Garden and staying in the house that, up until recently, housed The Garden’s administration team.

Wetlands work: SPRout seeks volunteers to help build interpretive trail

Ingrid Evjen-Elias understands some people may drive by the entrance of The Oregon Garden and wonder why something hasn’t been done to make the 13-acre area more attractive.

An assistant for SPROut – or the Sustainable Plant Research and Outreach Center – Evjen-Elias has spent many hours working in the Garden’s lower wetlands.

“This is such a lovely area,” she said on a recent September morning. “It’s a peaceful and quiet spot.”