Event 'a real asset' for Forest Grove, says organizer

by: COURTESY PHOTO: JIM AND DIANE MORRIS - Tourists stroll around Charles and Ruth Thurbers yard, which was originally part of Ruths parents 60-acre dairy farm but is now an area known as Pacific Crossing. A warm, sunny weekend brought crowds and raised funds at the Friends of Historic Forest Grove’s annual garden tour last Sunday.

The amount of money collected by FHFG was not available by press time.

Seven Forest Grove gardens were on the tour, and folks from all over Washington County strolled through diverse properties that exemplify local residents’ varied botanical interests.

“The weather was awesome and we had a great turnout and received good feedback,” said Melody Haveluck of FHFG. “People really loved the gardens.”by: COURTESY PHOTO: JIM AND DIANE MORRIS - Teresa Perrin, of the Forest Grove Community School, and first-grader Caleb Beaulieu, display birdhouses hand-crafted by first- and second-graders in the Backyard Garden behind the Old Train Station, an area stewarded by the community school.

The tour brought in about 225 people in addition to 76 volunteers. The event is one of the group’s largest fundraisers and supports the restoration of the historic A.T. Smith House in Forest Grove.

“I think the tour has become a real asset for the city,” Haveluck said. “It’s just really positive. I just want to thank everyone for their support.”

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