Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

My favorite maple tree at the Acton Arboretum in Acton, Massachuetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk any season. The fall colors make a stroll here a bigger treat. The arboretum was established in … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopens after COVID closure

The stockade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopened on October 20 after being closed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours are limited, as is some capacities. The visitor center is open on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. until … Continue reading Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopens after COVID closure

Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

The Yakima Area Arboretum in Yakima, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Every year, the Yakima Area Arboretum hosts a tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in or near the city. That changed this year because of safety concerns from COVID-19. Instead, the arboretum created five video tours and posted them to its YouTube … Continue reading Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

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: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk in the summer. The arboretum, located near Acton Center 38 miles northwest of Boston, was established in 1986. Five years later,  a community organization called The Friends of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

  Photos by Cheryl Landes The Deepwood House & Museum consists of a Queen Anne Victorian home, carriage house, greenhouse, formal beaux-arts gardens, and nature trail on five acres near the Oregon State Capitol Building and Bush's Pasture Park in Salem. Architect William Knighton designed the home and carriage house for Dr. Luke A. Port … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: A summer stroll in The Grotto’s gardens in Portland

A waterfall in the lower garden at The Grotto in Portland, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Grotto, a 62-acre shrine and botanical garden in northeast Portland, is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Oregon's largest city. Although it's near busy Interstate 205, you can't even hear the traffic. Trails pass tall … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A summer stroll in The Grotto’s gardens in Portland

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

Armchair photo tours: A summer stroll in the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland

Photos by Cheryl Landes I discovered the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in in the Eastmoreland neighborhood near Reed College in Portland, Oregon, a year ago when local station KOIN-TV featured it on the evening news. It was past rhododendron and azalea blooming season, but I decided to visit the garden anyway out of curiosity. Even … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A summer stroll in the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland