Exploring the gardens of Estacada
From small green spaces to sprawling collections of plants, a variety of gardens can be found in Estacada. A selection of these spaces will soon be on display in support of the Estacada Community Center.
The seventh annual Estacada Garden Tour is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and is organized by Wade Creek House. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple; they are available for purchase at Wade Creek House, 664 N.W. Wade St. Maps for the tour will be available for pick up the morning of the event.
Organizers emphasized that funds raised from the event go back into the community.
"Everyone loves the Community Center," said Becky McFarland, owner of the Wade Creek House and one of the event's coordinators. She noted that funds will go to the center's Meals on Wheels program.
This year's self-guided tour features nine gardens, most of which are new to the event. Though the majority of gardens on the tour are in the larger category, there are also several smaller ones.
"There are several exquisitely done small gardens here in town," McFarland said.
In order to keep participants intrigued, the locations of the gardens are not released until the morning of the event. Tour organizers note a wide variety among this year's stops, ranging from rose gardens to tree farms.
"If you like gardens at all, you'll find something you like," said Cynthia Watson.
Many of the stops feature art crafted from recycled items.
"(One garden) has a pond made from a satellite dish," Watson noted.
McFarland and Watson agreed that the event will be inspirational for all gardeners, as well as those interested in starting a garden.
"The gardens are so jaw dropping," McFarland said. "There are so many ideas."
She added that for participants who have smaller gardens, they might be inspired by a specific section of a larger garden in which they might find ideas.
She also noted that participants may find value in talking to the featured gardeners present during the tour.
Watson emphasized the memorable elements of each garden featured on the tour.
"Every single garden has something super cool going on," she said. "Whether it's your style or not, with each one, you'll see something super unique."