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: Ladd Circle Park and Rose Gardens in Portland

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Ladd Circle Park and Rose Gardens are located in a beautiful residential neighborhood called Ladd's Addition in east Portland, Oregon. The 1.62-acre park has 3,000 roses representing more than 60 varieties that were popular in the early 20th century. The park is named after William Sargent Ladd, who migrated West … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Ladd Circle Park and Rose Gardens in Portland

Armchair photo tours: The International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park in Portland

Photos by Cheryl Landes The International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park in southwest Portland, Oregon, is among 11 American Garden Rose Selections (AGRS) test sites. The idea for the garden in Washington Park began in 1915, when Jesse A. Currey, Sunday  editor of the Oregon Journal newspaper and rose hobbyists, convinced Portland city officials … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park in Portland

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: Owen Rose Garden in Eugene, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Owen Rose Garden, is an 8.5-acre park with more than 4,000 roses representing 400 varieties. Former Eugene city councilman and lumberman, George E. Owen, donated five acres of the land and his house to the city in 1951. The Eugene Rose Society donated the original 750 rose bushes. The garden … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Owen Rose Garden in Eugene, Oregon