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Friends' garden tour features foliage and quilts

Friends of Historic Forest Grove fundraiser adds textiles to the mix

Gardens on the tour are always full of charming details, like this cheerful mailbox. The Friends of Historic Forest Grove’s annual garden tour fundraiser will feature six beautiful gardens tucked away from plain sight as well as a handful of quilts displayed in each yard.

Head to the Old Train Station on the corner of 19th Avenue and Main Street to pick up a map of the tour on Sunday, June 5. Gardens will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Each garden is unique in style, plant selection and adornments. Three of the gardens are located in Old Town and three are located in Forest Gale Heights.

Tour goers can wander through the historic neighborhoods of Forest Grove while looking for the next garden. A few of the tour properties feature historic homes built in 1919 and 1939.

Others feature sloping yards with sweeping views and raised vegetable beds.

Five to six new and old quilts with varying designs will hang in each yard. FHFG member Kathy Juvet said the group wanted to broaden the tour’s appeal and hopefully attract local textile artists to the event.

The Old Train Station will also be open, featuring countless old photographs and artifacts. After touring the station, walk to the back to find a vegetable and flower garden maintained by the Forest Grove Community School, which is bursting at the seams with fresh-faced flowers and newly sprouted food crops.

Advance tickets for the Annual Garden Tour are $12 each and sold through June 4. Purchase online at fhfg.org or at Corner Antiques and Collectibles, the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, Linda’s Re-Creations or Starkey’s Corner Farm and Garden. Gardens will be lush with blooming flowers the first weekend in June.

Tickets may be purchased at The Old Train Station on the day of the event from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for FHFG members and students with ID. Children can tour free. There will be a few plants, bird houses and other yard items for sale near the ticket booth.

Pick up a card at the Old Train Station with six quilt squares. Match each square with the number of the garden where the quilt was hanging and enter the completed card at the end of the tour for a chance to win a quilt. Raffle tickets will also be for sale.

Gardens will feature a variety of flowers, such as these luscious peonies.