It’s Our Time to Shine!
Tillamook Master Gardeners Learning Garden
We’ve been weeding, raking, mulching, pruning and indeed polishing our Learning Garden located on the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. We’re excited and very proud to host visitors to the garden while at the Fair.
Over the years, the Learning Garden has been the centerpiece and learning laboratory for the OSU Master Gardener TM Program. The Learning Garden now boasts a climate controlled Hoop House where plants are started from seed and grow over the winter – most of them for our annual Plant Sale. The Hoop House also serves as an educational forum for community education classes. The most recent being the local Girl Scouts learning about Pollinators. Great hands-on science lessons, card making, and honey sampling were on offer that day.
The Learning Garden features examples of raised beds, trellis for raspberries and hops, a winter garden, a shade garden, a glorious dahlia bed surrounded by displays of native and perennial plants that grow well in our climate – including tomatoes. (Yes, you can really grow tomatoes in Tillamook County! Roses too!) Just ask us.
The more recent additions to the garden is ‘Pam’s Tiny Library’ and our recently completed patio area – both in memory of a beloved Master Gardener who’s forte’ was reaching out to the younger prospective gardeners in our lives.
Master Gardeners have prepared Informational Displays and brochures addressing a variety of gardening topics. Displays include:
- Vegetable plant families and crop rotation in the garden
- Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs
- Pollination and how to encourage pollinators in the garden
- Garden Season extenders
Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the Learning Garden. Take a few moments to rest in the shade and enjoy your lunch or a snack. Pick a strawberry or raspberry. RELAX!
The Tillamook County Fair opens on Wednesday, August 11 thru Saturday, August 14. Master Gardeners will be in the garden each day from 10:00 am to 6:15 pm.