Canby's Yard of the Month
Coming late to the gardening realm, Pam Munger (along with husband Dave) has shown that she's certainly a fast learner.
So fast, in fact, that her home at 9566 S. Gribble Road has been named the September Yard of the Month by the Canby Garden Club.
The couple purchased their home in 2003, choosing it because it was located on an airfield and both are licensed pilots.
But the green thumb, that came later.
"Actually, until I joined the garden club, I had never gardened," said Pam, who now spends every morning working in her garden. "I really enjoy being outside and improving everything. It's been a nice new part of my life."
Much like flying, her gardening style is largely instinctive. She draws inspiration from fellow garden club members, their gardens, as well as other gardens they visit. She has transformed their acre of land with garden beds, whimsical detail and restful moments.
Some of her plants include roses (a rose garden encircling a high perched bird feeder), clematis, hydrangeas, rhododendrens (which were already there), dahlias, and much more.
"I go out every day and work in the garden," she said. "They're (the plants) just thrown in there. I guess that is my personality, wherever things fit. I enjoy my garden every day. I go out and walk around and say, 'This is so beautiful'. It's very therapeutic!"
Pam moved to Oregon from Washington following a divorce. So then at age 50, she took flying lessons.
"When I went up, I felt like I'd done this in another life," Pam explained.
One day, she wore her "I Soloed" t-shirt to her work as a bank teller. She helped a man that day that was also a pilot -- Dave, became her husband.
"I love flying, seeing from a totally different perspective," she said. "It's a completely different sensation."