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Madras Garden Club stays busy in summer with garden tour, fairgrounds improvements, plantings.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The upper pond at the Marilyn and Doug Clark residence, south of Culver, boasts a beautiful view. The garden was one of the stops on the recent High Desert Garden Tour, which featured Jefferson County gardens.
The Madras Garden Club has had an extremely busy summer!

July ended with a mini garden tour showcasing five beautiful member gardens.

That took place only a few days after the Jefferson County Fair, during which we decorate, process flower entrants for judging and award prizes to winners. We particularly enjoy participating in our county fair.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Madras Garden Club made improvements to the Memorial Rose Garden at the fairgrounds this year.
We made significant improvements to the Memorial Rose Garden at the fairgrounds this year, which we hope everyone will enjoy. With assistance from the fairgrounds staff, we removed the old hedge from the west perimeter. Garden club members and spouses then replaced the hedge with a new fence, allowing better access and making way for future roses.

Secondly, we built a kiosk and mounted a locator map for the 95 roses in the garden. This map will help everyone easily locate their loved ones' memorial roses. If you haven't visited the rose garden for some time, we invite you to do so.

These activities are funded by the proceeds from our annual plant sale and member dues. The plant sale is held once yearly at the Saturday Market at Sahalee Park on the second Saturday of June. It was a big success this year, and we sold over a thousand plants, including vegetables, berries, flowers, shrubs and house plants.

Most of the plants were grown from seed by garden club members, who select varieties best suited to our climate. We wish to thank all the people who came to support our plant sale this year. You make it all possible.

While all these activities were happening, we somehow managed to squeeze in the hosting of the 2019 OSU Extension High Desert Garden Tour on July 20. Five of the garden club members' home gardens were honored to be selected for this year's garden tour. Three of the home gardens were located in Madras, while two were located in the Culver rural area. The sixth garden was the demonstration garden at the Madras OSU Extension/COARC.

It truly was a club project, with many garden club members helping the hosts prepare! This annual tour draws hundreds of gardeners from the tri-county area, and we were proud to show off the flowers, shrubs and trees our milder climate and lower elevation can support over those of the Bend area. We believe we helped enlighten our neighbors to the south and east, and gave them a really good garden tour with incredible diversity. Comments from tour visitors were very positive!

In June, we replaced some lavender plants at the Jefferson County Senior Center. New plantings and sprinkler systems were installed last year, so very little maintenance was needed this year. Lastly, we purchased some planters and filled them with flowers at the MountainStar Nursery to add beauty to the entrance.

August brought more relaxing pursuits, including a day trip to visit the Oregon Garden. In September, the club makes a trip to Kimberly to pick peaches and another day trip to the Hood River fruit orchards to enjoy the bounty offered there. November activities include gathering evergreens and making holiday wreaths.

The club welcomes new members. If you are interested in learning about gardening in Central Oregon and would like to join, please visit our website at www.madrasgardenclub.com. The Madras garden club has served Jefferson County since April 1958 and currently has 28 members.


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