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Spade & Wade Garden Tour on July 21 features six gardens in Tillamook County

Published on July 11, 2018 10:35AM

A variety of unique and successful gardens are on view during the Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association’s biannual Spade & Wade garden tours.

Courtesy Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association

A variety of unique and successful gardens are on view during the Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association’s biannual Spade & Wade garden tours.


TILLAMOOK COUNTY — Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association’s 2018 Spade & Wade Garden Tour takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

The tour features six beautiful, unique gardens in the Tillamook, South Prairie and Cape Meares area.

Visit a garden that includes a serene woodland alongside a vegetable garden worked the way a garden should be.

A master of bonsai will show off her collection and give demonstrations on how to create these gems. A garden is created for birds and bees — and humans — with a wide variety of ornamental shrubs and perennials as well as vegetable crops.

Take a river walk along a property with areas creating several different gardens: natural areas along the river, berry and vegetable gardens, areas for ornamentals and a greenhouse to get the plants started.

And travel to the coast. Set high on a hill overlooking the Pacific is an area planted to survive the ubiquitous deer and elk in the area, as well as to withstand the salt air from the ocean. And in the back is a garden with unusual plants for the area: hardy begonias, a prostrate coast redwood, winter hardy palms and a mature Mexican Palm.

Nearby, take a walk in a woodland through an old-growth forest with a variety of ferns and examples of nurse logs.

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