Garden tour in full bloom
Plans for the Friends of Historic Forest Grove's 24th Garden Tour are in full bloom.
On Saturday, June 2, from noon to 4 p.m., six gardens ranging from Old Town Forest Grove to Forest Gale Heights will be open to ticketholders to self-guide through spaces owned by local residents.
The homeowners will be in their gardens to answer questions and share about why they chose the format and greenery and flowers.
Kathy Juvet, the chairwoman of the tour, said this year's theme is "Games of Years Gone By," with all of the gardens featuring displays of vintage board games like Monopoly, Clue, Parcheesi and lawn games like croquet and badminton, with a brief history and the rules for each.
The tour of different gardens is meant to help inspire attendees to get involved with their own gardens, working with the limited space they may have in their backyard.
"Everyone is an artist," said Melody Haveluck, a member of the Friends of Historic Forest Grove. "(Juvet) does something completely different than I do. We want people to come out not to enhance their artistic ability, but to enhance their ability as a garden artist and get new ideas."
When the tour first started, Juvet said, it was little more than a walking tour look at front yards in Forest Grove.
Today, the event features a new theme and new backyard gardens never seen on the tour before. Many historical homes are featured, showcasing roses, perennials and annuals.
Past years have seen up to 250 people in attendance, and has been featured by KGW-TV two years ago.
Everyone on the tour loves gardening, but you don't have to have a green thumb to enjoy the Sunday afternoon, Juvet said.
"We found many people have their kids' help with their gardening," Haveluck said. "We encourage people to bring their kids. It is a family event, and it isn't just gardeners."
The tour showcases plants and flowers that thrive in the Pacific Northwest and gives attendees a chance to see things they have never laid eyes on before, Juvet said, like a garden completely made on a hill.
"People are so busy these days, and this is a lot of work and you want your garden to look perfect," Juvet said. "We have had people on Saturday night before the tour stay up."
To find new gardens every year, Friends of Historic Forest Grove volunteers drive around town to look at front yards to see if residents have a knack for outdoor presence, Juvet said.
"We will knock on the door and tell them their yard looks nice, how does their backyard look?" Juvet said. "It is a fun day because people really enjoy others coming into their yard and saying, 'This is so pretty,' or taking the time to share information about plants. The year I was on the tour, I didn't know what one plant I had, so I asked visitors if they knew anything, they should share. Eventually I found out what it was."
Some gardeners own shade gardens with plants like hostas while others have sun gardens. Many have exciting garden art from recycled materials, wood and metal, Juvet said.
The tour starts at the Old Train Station, on the corner of 19th and Main, in Forest Grove. Advance tickets for the Garden Tour are $12 from May 1 through June 1. Purchase online at fhfg.org or visit the following locations in Forest Grove: Corner Antiques and Collectibles, the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, Daniela's Gifts on Main, and A Framer's Touch. Tickets may be purchased at The Old Train Station on the day of the tour from 11:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for FHFG members and students with ID; children under 12 are free.
To learn more and find information about the tour, visit fhfg.org.
By Janae Easlon
Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune971-762-1166
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