Garden tour draws crowds
Gardeners from Jefferson County were featured in the 26th annual High Desert Garden Tour, July 20, which included six local gardens.
The event, presented by Oregon State University Extension and the Central Oregon chapter of OSU Master Gardeners, provided gardening enthusiasts with an opportunity to learn from other gardeners.
"We had a total of 252 participants learning several different gardening techniques, from vegetable gardening to water-wise gardening," said Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension professor and horticulturist. "There were six sites to visit, four in Madras, including the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and two sites in Culver."
"Each home was staffed by local Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener volunteers, there to answer gardening questions throughout the day," said Detweiler.
"This event is the only fundraising event put on by and to support the local OSU Extension Service horticulture program," she said. "All proceeds go to this program as continued funding for education and resources on local, research-based gardening practices for community members."
On the tour, were the homes of Joe and Cindy Stanfield, in Madras, which has the newest garden at 2 years old; the Jeris and Gordon Clark garden on Belmont Lane, in Madras, including a greenhouse and vegetable garden; Beckie and Mike Moran's mixed ornamental and native garden, in Madras; Marilyn and Doug Clark's well-established garden of cactus, a fruit tree orchard, water feature and lots of plant diversity, in Culver; and the Karen and Vern Barre garden in Culver, with amazing ornamental plants and spectacular views.
Participants left comments which included: "Loved visiting with homeowners and others about their gardening practices." "Love seeing rock gardens and water-wise yards." "Loved learning about the bees."
"People were inspired with ideas for new plants and glad that plants were labeled," said Detweiler.
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