The 13th annual Secret Garden Tour, sponsored by the Samaritan House Homeless Family Shelter, will be Sunday, June 26, from 12-5 in the charming community of Otter Rock, just north of Newport at Cape Foulweather. The cost for this wonderful event is only $25, and it includes entrance to 11 gardens, as well as light snacks and musical entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own water.
The gardens this year showcase a wide variety of garden art, plants, and views. From a peaceful Zen garden featuring beautiful stepping stones to a garden that stretches along a large expanse of green grass with breathtaking views of the ocean, everyone can find something to enjoy.
One of the very interesting aspects of the gardens this year is the size of the gardens. Several of them are small and very personal. One garden includes a piece of a Conde McCullough bridge, free standing fence pieces that provide privacy, both flower and vegetable gardens, and even a honeybee apiary. All of these features flow together to reflect the interests and personalities of the owners.
The ‘Square Foot Gardening Method’ consists of raised beds with vegetables and flowers, where squares are regularly harvested and replanted during growing season. The fire pit at this garden will be the perfect place to sit and enjoy local musicians.
Garden visitors will have the opportunity to stroll an intimate Zen garden enclosed by Asian-inspired Canadian White Cedar fences. A large variety of beautiful stone, from large to small, enhances this lovely, peaceful garden.
Each year the Secret Garden Tour demonstrates the diversity of coastal gardens. Visitors can choose to simply enjoy the gardens, or take ideas home with them to try themselves.
Parking for visitors is at the west end of the Otter Rock Public Parking lot at 2nd and C Streets, and that is also where maps will be distributed and shuttle service will be available. Some gardens are accessible only by shuttle or walking. The walk is mostly level ground with a few inclines.
Tickets are available at JC Thriftway Market in Newport, Toledo Feed and Seed, Bear Valley Nursery and Landscaping in Lincoln City, and at the Samaritan House office ~ 715 NW Bay St in Newport. Tickets are also available online at brownpapertickets.com. This event supports the mission of Samaritan House to shelter, educate, and guide homeless families toward independent living. More information is available at www.samfamshelter.org or by calling 541-574-8898.