Get your 2020 Washington State Fair fix in Puyallup and beyond

A view of the fairgrounds from a previous Washington State Fair in Puyallup Photos by Cheryl Landes The 2020 Washington State Fair in Puyallup was cancelled this year because of the COVID pandemic, but it hasn't vanished. There are still a few ways you can get your fair fix wherever you are. Every Friday, Saturday, … Continue reading Get your 2020 Washington State Fair fix in Puyallup and beyond

Plenty of tickets left for the Lee Farms Sunflower Harvest Festival this weekend in Tualatin, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes I found out about this event last night and checked it out today. More than 100,000 sunflowers are in bloom at Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon, this month. The farm is open Friday through Sunday until August 30 for the public to wander through the fields, pick flowers to take home, … Continue reading Plenty of tickets left for the Lee Farms Sunflower Harvest Festival this weekend in Tualatin, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon, is the largest dahlia grower in the country. From early August through late September, 40 acres of fields are in bloom at this farm 24 miles south of Portland. Each row contains a different color and variety of dahlia. From a distance, the fields resemble … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Rogerson Clematis Gardens in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Rogerson Clematis Gardens has the most extensive collection of clematis of any other public garden in North America. Nineteen hundred clematis representing more than 850 species grow in this garden behind the historic farmhouse and the greenhouses at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Brewster Rogerson started the collection in … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rogerson Clematis Gardens in Lake Oswego, Oregon

The first Hockinson Berry Festival kicks off on July 11

It's blueberry season in Southwestern Washington, and there's no better way to indulge than picking your own or buying them directly from the growers. Tomorrow, July 11, you can meet these three local growers and buy their fresh berries at the first annual Hockinson Berry Festival: Prairie Berry Farms Grandma Dixie’s You-Pick Blueberries Majestic Farms … Continue reading The first Hockinson Berry Festival kicks off on July 11

Armchair photo tours: The Clackamas County Lavender Festival at the Oregon Lavender Farm

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Oregon Lavender Farm in Oregon City hosts the Clackamas County Lavender Festival every year. The farm is open to the public during the festival only. The 2020 festival has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the pictures in today's armchair photo tour are from a trip to a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Clackamas County Lavender Festival at the Oregon Lavender Farm

Armchair photo tours: Heirloom Roses in Saint Paul, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes On the About page of the Heirloom Roses website, owners Ben and Kara Hanna wrote, "Our love of roses is deeply rooted in our knowledge that gardens go beyond just physical beauty. It provides a place of solace or social gatherings, where peace and beauty can be enjoyed to refresh a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Heirloom Roses in Saint Paul, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site in Southeastern Oregon

The historic Round Barn built by cattle baron Peter French in Southeastern Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Round Barn, 56 miles south of Burns in Oregon's southeast corner, is among the remnants of Peter French's 70,000-acre ranching empire in the late 1800s. He arrived in southeastern Oregon in 1872 and acquired land quickly, along … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site in Southeastern Oregon

Armchair photo tours: The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon

The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon. SAGE stands for Sustainable AGriculture and Energy. Photos by Cheryl Landes The exit to Boardman, where the Sustainable AGriculture and Energy Center (SAGE Center) is located, is often ignored by drivers on Interstate 84. But if you want to learn about history and technology for sustainable agriculture and energy … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon