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: 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

Celebrate dahlia season at Swan Island Dahlias

The voodoo dahlia variety at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes It’s dahlia season. These beautiful flowers come in all shapes and sizes, from four-inch pom poms to starbursts exceeding 10 inches in diameter. Some look soft and spongy with layers of curled rounded petals, while others are spiky like a … Continue reading Celebrate dahlia season at Swan Island Dahlias