At the end of April, I did a post about a special wine tasting experience I had on a visit to Oregon back in February of 2018. I mentioned that we would visit that winery again during May of this year and expected another great tasting experience. I was totally unprepared for what turned out to be an entirely different experience.
The experience began at a different location than before at what turned out to be the former home of the Bergstrom Winery founders. The home was surrounded by a spectacular garden that really was something to admire. This post is all about that garden. I'll get to the tasting experience in another post. The top photo is the path leading deep into the garden and above is a view over the vineyard in the Dundee Hills.
The garden was lush with colorful plants that were thriving in that moist Oregon soil and air. Above is a pretty little lily pond and to the left, a hint of the colors that dominated the area.
I was enthralled by the California lilac trees. I had not seen one before and I love the thick blooms and the beautiful color. Oregon is known for it's blooming azaleas and they were certainly in abundance while we were there.
Beautiful purple iris were scattered among the other flowering plants.
The garden sported an abundance of well used bird houses.
Fenced off from the flowering garden was the kitchen garden. This area was very important because the fresh vegetables and leafy greens from this garden would become a central part of the wine tasting experience to follow.
The paths in the vegetable garden was covered in hazelnut shells. Oregon grows hazelnuts (or filberts) so the shells are often used to create paths in gardens in the area. I loved the way they crunched under our feet.
The other thing that caught my eye was how the fence around the garden was covered in moss and lichens. So even the fence became a living thing.
The dogwood blooms literally covered the branches of the trees that framed the garden and overlooked the vineyard. What a gorgeous place to work, live and enjoy!
Next week I'll tell you about the wine tasting experience that took place inside the home on this property. It was quite a unique and delicious event.