The Garden Conservancys Open Days Program presents a special garden trail connecting Portland and Beaverton, August 29th. Five private gardens will welcome visitors for one day only to benefit the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and the Garden Conservancy. All gardens are new to the Open Days Program for 2015 and are among the latest properties nominated for inclusion in the nationwide garden visiting program. The trails theme - Extending Your Garden Season was developed to offer guests the opportunity to meet garden owners and practitioners in each space for a lively exchange of ideas and techniques. The day provides a great chance to see some of the regions many creative residential gardens. Admission to each private garden is $7; children 12 and under free. Open Days take place rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for maps, directions and additional information.
Mitchell Garden (12250 SW Lynnridge Avenue, Portland)
Explore a private oasis created through fifteen years of revisions and careful editing. The back garden showcases brick patios and stone paths; accompanied by active hop plants, scampering over laden trellises. The lush garden contains beloved mature Douglas firs that create a need and opportunity for ongoing shade plant experimentation. Velvety ferns unify one garden room with the next, and favored perennials bloom from early spring through late summer. New conifers have recently been added, bring new dimension and scale to both the front and back environments. The garden is designed to attract a wide range of birds in all season. Feeders and baths are accompanied by delicious vines and bushes for feasting on raspberries, blueberries and tomatoes.
Peck Garden (10790 SW 153rd Place, Beaverton)
A tiny but powerful space, this one-quarter-acre garden sprung with care and loving encouragement from a bare plot more than 20 years ago. The garden serves as a creative playground for projects and concepts featured in a popular Home & Garden column, as well as an active test garden for owner Marcia Pecks dynamic landscape design firm. The garden includes intricate stone mosaics, two water features, a unique gazebo built from madrone, an oversized rustic arch, fire pit, and more surprises. A nice variety of unusual plants including bottle brush, rice-paper plant, ornamental grasses, unusual succulents, and others are tucked into various settings.
Schmitt Garden (10695 SW 153rd Place, Beaverton)
Created with outdoor living in mind, the enchantingly petite space is a beautiful interpretation of modern Mediterranean. Water features, custom trellises, and productive containers of colorful edibles yield visual and edible sustenance for the home. A meandering path invites visitors to experience the gardens serenity. Sixteen years of experimentation and evolution produce new discoveries for guests each season. The garden is a must see for anyone looking to transform a small outdoor space.
Prewitt Garden (13625 SW Far Vista Street, Beaverton)
Purchased with dreams and creative garden visions dancing in their heads, the owners began transforming the property in 1976. A full 1,000 square feet is now devoted to raised garden beds, showcasing hearty vegetables, perennials and spirited plant experimentation. Fruit trees and bushes of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries produce fresh and sweet natural indulgences. A hoop house and greenhouse currently devoted to tender succulents and tender perennials add to the magical garden. A new natural hardscape installation has recently transformed the front of the property.
Winchester Place Baker/Livengood Garden (13625 SW Far Vista Street, Beaverton)
Inspired by the gardens of Charleston and Savannah, Winchester Place combines the sensibilities both of English and Southern gardens. The space is separated into distinct outdoor rooms utilizing the home, textural plant materials, and a basalt rock & iron fence as dividing points. The classic front garden is filled with striking perennials, roses, and shrubs. In back, outdoor entertaining and hospitality features take focus. Formal highlights include boxwood lined beds intermixed with layered perennials and a multi-tiered cast fountain filled with delicate water plants. A more casual garden room offers distinct light settings, juxtaposing sun loving perennial borders with large-leafed shade plantings.
The Open Days program was created in 1995 as a means of connecting the public to outstanding private American gardens across the country. Its mission to share inspirational gardens with the public is achieved each season, through the work of hundreds of private garden hosts and volunteers nationwide. The Open Days program is Americas only national private garden-visiting program. For information and a complete schedule of Open Days visit the Garden Conservancy online at www.opendaysprogram.org.