Saturday, June 28th
10 am to 3 pm
Suggested donation $5
Proceeds benefit the Pesticide Free Neighborhood Project
Details at sustainableoverlook.org.
This year I’m co-coordinating this inspiring event but taking a break from showing my own garden. I can recommend visiting all of the 10 gardens on the tour, though each one is so captivating you may not have time for all of them. I’ve been getting to know each of the gardeners and am amazed by the loving care that goes into their yards, and how willing they are to take risks, ask for help and in turn to open their garden to help others learn and be inspired.
The theme of this year’s tour is ‘Building community and resilience.’ Each garden has elements that express the theme, for instance benches and poetry boxes that invite neighbors to linger and mingle, edible landscaping that produces enough food to feed multiple families, rain storage systems that could provide water in an emergency, eco-lawns and green roofs that provide habitat as well as beauty and a host of other benefits.
One striking thing about this year’s tour is that half of the gardens are registered with the Portland Audubon Society and Columbia Land Trust’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program. In fact, we are lucky enough to have the co-manager of the program , Nikkie West, on the tour, showing her naturescaped yard and meadow parking strip planted with Willamette Valley natives.
Check back for previews of some of the gardens. See you on the tour!