Garden tour breakout

What: The McMinnville Garden Club's annual Garden Tour and Garden Faire

Where: Five gardens in and around McMinnville. The fair — with vendors selling plants, garden art and other items — is held on Cowls Street in downtown McMinnville.

Tickets: Garden Faire admission is free. To find tickets for the tour, visit the Thursday Farmers Market between 1 and 6 p.m. on Cowls Street, visit www.mcminnvillegardenclub.org or call club member Rosemary Vertregt at 503-472-7265. The club asks a $10 donation per ticket.

More information: www.mcminnvillegardenclub.org.

Five gardens will be featured in the McMinnville Garden Club's annual Tour of Gardens. Descriptions follow.

Garry and Marilyn Coats, 380 S.W. Russ Court. Arbors and beds of sun-loving plants combine with a pond and waterfall to create a lush environment. There isn't room enough for a full vegetable garden, but the couple grows asparagus, strawberries and herbs.

Alan and Glenda Wenner, 2207 S.W. Kauer Drive. Both Master Gardeners, the Wenners have created a lush and colorful garden filled with flowers and fruit trees, while raised beds provide vegetables and small fruits.

Dan and Ginny Upton, 763 N.W. Baker Creek Lane. A reprise from the 2007 tour, the Upton's one-acre site has undergone some changes over the years. Home to both wildlife-friendly areas and sections fenced off to protect plantings from deer, it includes an orchard, redwood grove, vegetable garden and various flower gardens and seating areas.

Dennis and Delores Lauber, 2445 N.E. Cowls Court. Every corner of this city lot has been utilized, with heritage plants from Delores' mother, grapes, two fruit trees, berries, kiwi, rhubarb and herbs, as well as flowers and outdoor living areas.

Joe and Melissa McLaughlin, 6275 N.W. Poverty Bend Road. Although the McLaughlins enjoy 50 acres, they actively garden on a little more than two acres, including lawns, flower beds, an orchard, vegetable garden, strawberry bed and beehives.


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