In my plan to avoid all huge highways, I went on to Silverton, Oregon; a small town with plenty of history, architecture and home to The Oregon Garden. This part of the world has a perfect environment for growing things and there are 80 acres in Silverton with 20 different gardens including a rose garden, water garden, conifer garden, and a children’s’ garden.
The water garden alone with its mazes and bridges took quite a while to explore.
“Using treated wastewater from the city, the garden is one of only a few installations in the United States that reuses wastewater for a water feature. Even in the summer months, the garden does not draw on drinking water supplies, instead relying entirely on wastewater treatment plant effluent.” Wikipedia
I caught the open tour shuttle and listened to the driver tell us about the history of the land which was originally part of a horse ranch and Christmas tree farm.
A 25-acre native Oregon white oak grove includes a 400-year-old Signature Oak.
Coming from high, dry Idaho, I loved seeing the varieties of trees and plants.
That afternoon I made a stop at Bauman Farms to shop for local produce.
There was an abundance of fall squash, garden vegetables and apples.
Their cider operation was in full production.
I couldn’t leave without Marion Berry pie and fresh apple cider.
The next morning I arrived early enough in Mt. Angel to find a parking place for a visit to their Oktoberfest. This community is largely composed of descendants of German and Swiss immigrants and their folk festival is a big one.
Many of the attendants wear Bavarian-inspired attire. There is plenty of bratwurst, sauerkraut, a biergarten and wiener dog races.
This young man was proud to pose by the polka bandstand to show off his lederhosen.
Beautiful children everywhere—
--and they just know what to do when they hear fun music.
Along with all the partying in the street, there was a concert in the historic St. Mary Catholic Church-
--and at the top of the hour I waited with the crowd at the foot of the 49-foot-high Glockenspiel on the corner to put on its show.