Seeding the Future

by Trillium Dollars
I found a comfy chair on the sunny tiki terrace at a garden featured on this Saturday’s Seeding Our Future tour — and nearly didn’t leave. It was that inviting. But moving on, I saw the creations of seven other dedicated gardeners in the Tigard-Tualatin area. You can, too, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Inspiration for a summer wedding waits inside a wooden gate bedecked with a wreath of white impatiens. There’s a dog-friendly small garden (no lawn!); a fairy garden on a shady slope; a steep, multi-level garden with ornamentals cozying up to fruit trees and vegetable beds; creative side yards in both sun and shade; a birdhouse collection nested not only in the back yard but on the side of the house; and a tree-canopied garden with an Asian corner and strategically placed sunny sitting area. A hydrangea collection, native plants, edibles, vine-draped arbors, roses, garden art, fountains and waterfalls are included in gardens ranging in size from a city lot to nearly half an acre. Garden hosts, tour volunteers and OSU Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to share their knowledge.

All for $20. Tickets are available at Tigard High School, Tualatin High School, McCann’s Pharmacy, and several area nurseries. See http://www.foundation4smartkids.org/. Along with the tour, there will be a garden art show/sale Friday (12-8 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Fowler Middle School, 10865 SW Walnut St, Tigard. The events benefit the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools.

Have fun! I did.