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Garden Tours

Karen's Garden: Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 5pm to 7pm

Oregon State University Campus Arboretum: Thursday, July 18, 2024, 10am to 1pm

BCMGA Demonstration Garden: Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Karen's Garden

Karen Hopson, formerly of Garland Nursery, will be opening her home garden to members for a tour. She has

a hilly, drought tolerant garden in mostly full sun, with a shade garden on one side and a raised vegetable

garden. One of the main attractions of her garden is the metalwork by her husband Randy. You can tour the

garden and artwork at your leisure, and Karen will be available to answer questions. Because the garden is on

a hill, wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 5pm to 7pm

5380 NW Lawrence Avenue

Corvallis, OR 97330

Please carpool, if possible. Parking space is very limited.


Oregon State University Campus Arboretum

While we all rush to the OSU campus in the spring to see the magnolias and rhododendrons in bloom, we often forget the many plants across the OSU Campus Arboretum that radiate their beauty in the summer. Come join Dan Blanchard, Curator of Living Plant Collections as he guides us on a tour of woody plants with summer interest, highlights the history of the campus landscape, and discusses the current and future programs of the Campus Arboretum. Tour will start at the front of Dryden Hall (faces 30th Street). We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a water bottle and snacks. The walking part of the tour will take about two hours (10:30am– 12:30pm).

Thursday, July 18, 2024, 10am to 1pm

Oregon State University

Dryden Hall, 450 SW 30th Street

Corvallis, OR 97331

You will need to pay for parking. Hourly permits are available at any Pay Station on campus. A Daily Visitor Permit is available online. Permits are virtual and assigned to the vehicle license plate.

Short-term Permits

A Zones: Hourly Rate $2, Daily Rate $6

B & C Zones: Hourly Rate $1, Daily Rate $4

Link to OSU parking map:*

Link to the Daily Visitor Permit purchase site:

BCMGA Demonstration Garden

Come check out the Benton County Master Gardener Association Demonstration Garden located at the Benton County Fairgrounds. If you aren't familiar with the "Demo Garden" at the fairgrounds, this tour is your opportunity to learn all about it from the Master Gardeners who regularly work there. Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk about ongoing projects and answer questions. The “Demo

Garden” features the following.

  • A shade bed with shade tolerant fruits and vegetables

  • Eight raised beds with a variety of annual vegetables

  • A group of raised beds and structures designed to be accessible to all gardeners

  • A raised bed designed for growing warm climate crops like sweet potatoes and melons

  • A "dry" bed for growing vegetables without the benefit of irrigation

  • A first year experiment in hydroponic gardening

  • A grape arbor

  • A variety of fruit trees, herbs, and berry bushes including a well established apple espalier

Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Benton County Fairgrounds

110 SW 53rd Street

Corvallis, OR 97333

Park in the gravel parking lot off Reservoir Road and come in the east gate by the ticket booth.

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