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Green Afternoons

Oregon Gardens to Visit

Amy Houchen

Illustrations by Lee Hascall.

5-1/2 × 8-1/2 inches. 256 pages.

1998. ISBN 978-0-87071-429-0. Paperback, $17.95.

With Green Afternoons in hand, travelers, gardeners, and plant enthusiasts now have an exciting new guide to more than six dozen gardens throughout western and central Oregon and southwestern Washington.

In her tour of the region, Amy Houchen uses the word "garden" broadly to include not only traditional gardens but also plantings of interest in such places as parks, college campuses, farms, and community gardens. Along with providing detailed descriptions of Oregon's best known and best loved gardens, Green Afternoons introduces readers to such unlikely but rewarding spots as an arboretum at a freeway rest area and climbing roses dressing up the cyclone fence around a ballfield.

Arranged geographically, the garden listings include

  • seasons of interest,
  • directions,
  • whether plants are labeled,
  • a section on background and history,
  • and a description of what to see.

Indexes by plant name and topic allow for ease in locating plant specialties and such features as gardens for the blind and composting exhibits. Also included is information on holding weddings and listings of special events.

From the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland and the International Rose Test Garden in Portland's Washington Park to Shore Acres in Coos Bay and the Sunriver Botanical Garden, Green Afternoons offers an informative and easy-to-use guide for locating and learning about the region's most beautiful gardens.

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