Fall Visit to the Oregon Garden Resort

The Oregon Garden Resort overlooks the garden, front and center.

The Oregon Garden Resort is a fine hotel located on the very edge of the Oregon Garden.  Located in Silverton OR, the Oregon Garden is a fabulous garden and plant collection.  If you stay in the Oregon Garden Resort, the room includes your admission to the garden.  Not only that, but also you can enter the garden at sunrise instead of 10 am (fall sunrise, anyway).  

This pathway in the Oregon Garden shows just what a remarkable conifer collection is provided.

The Oregon Garden has perhaps the finest conifer collection in the USA.  Actually, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is so strong in conifer propagation, this may be best in the world.  If you look at the photo of the garden pathway, you can see just what a big percentage of the planting is coniferous.  Unlike Butchart Gardens in Victoria, the Oregon Garden is not bursting with annual color.  As a result, it is not crowded with tourists, either.  It is very much a plant collectors garden, and to some extent, a garden for the casual observer.  If you want extreme color and bloom, you will still need to travel to Canada.  

In Canada, there is not an option to sleep right on the border of the garden within the boundaries of the park.  The Oregon Garden Resort has a bar with friendly staff and a small but nice selection of Pinot Noir (how would I know that?).  It also has a restaurant with a glass wall that overlooks the garden.  Even if you don’t dine there in the evening, your complimentary breakfast will be in that same space, and it beats a typical hotel breakfast, too.

These very tall sculptures are landmarks visible in the distance in this garden.

Miscanthus ‘Bandwidth’ is a new cultivar we love here at Tower. They used a number of these.

They definitely know their rhododendrons in Oregon.  They have many varieties (at least 4 different kinds) that are showing a  fine fall bloom.  Clearly, the spring show would be bigger for this genus, but any show in fall is impressive.  

One of several varieties of rhododendron blooming in fall.

There were mature grasses of many sorts, including a nice clump of the small Miscanthus ‘Bandwidth’.  ‘Bandwidth’ is one of the most brightly variegated grasses and very decorative.  

If you have a little pile of money you want to spend, consider hosting a wedding at the J. Frank Schmidt Pavillion on the premises of the Oregon Garden.   This will hold a reception for 400 – 500 people easily.  Hire me to photograph that wedding, for sure.   I’ll be the photographer who actually knows the names of the plants in the gardens.  I’ve got practice photographing gardens.

Fall is a great time to visit.  The weather was comfortably brisk in the morning, 75 degrees for the afternoon.  A stay in the Oregon Garden Resort will refresh you, and if that’s not enough, there is also a spa on the premises, a pool, …. need I say more?

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ is the gold Japanese Forest Grass in the foreground, another Tower favorite.