The showcase of a fall garden tour scheduled for Saturday is a spacious, welcoming, 84-year-old space that belongs to Diane Powell in east Medford.
Wrapped around the historic, English-style Patton mansion, the parklike garden offers mature maple, elm, spruce and an enormous, spreading oak with limbs that reach so far out over the garden that one got a steel column to hold it up. An adolescent redwood is shooting up in the front yard.
What: Fifth annual AAUW-Medford fall garden tour, featuring six gardens on or off Main Street in Medford
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
Tickets: $15; available at all Grange Co-op stores, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, and at the gardens the day of the event. The tour is self-guided, and visitors can start at any of the gardens.
More information: Details, including a map of the gardens, can be found at http://medford-or.aauw.net
The garden is one of six featured on the fifth annual fall garden tour sponsored by the Medford chapter of the American Association of University Women. All of the gardens are located on or off Main Street in Medford.
Powell has resisted the temptation to cram little sub-gardens in every nook and open space, instead letting it be mostly a lot of grass surrounded by many beautiful trees, as it was in the Roaring '20s.
A rose garden is tucked in an upper corner of the sloping, 1-acre lot, and a statue of The Three Graces support a fountain in a sunken garden of a lower corner, next to her hidden organic garden. A beehive fireplace adorns another corner.
It's much like it was in 1929 when it was built by orchardist Hamilton Patton, one of a cadre of wealthy Easterners who flocked to the Rogue Valley to turn it into a haven for pear orchards, says Powell. It was the childhood home of Bill Patton, who went on to become the first general manager and executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The garden features many fruit trees — pear, fig, plum, cherry — and a grape arbor. A monkey puzzle tree is nestled under a mimosa in front of a lovely, relaxing, back patio with an old, English, carved-wood bench.
On the patio, AAUW members will hold a Budding Scholars Basket Bazaar, raffling off interesting items to benefit area women returning to local colleges after having at least one year of college behind them, says Gail Etchie of AAUW. Last year, the tour made $10,000, which went to 10 scholarships. Refreshments will be served there.
The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets cost $15, and are available at all Grange Co-op stores, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, and at the gardens the day of the event. The tour is self-guided, and visitors can start at any of the gardens. Details, including a map of the gardens, can be found at http://medford-or.aauw.net.
Two of the gardens are near Albertsons on West Main, two are near Highland Avenue and two are near the Rogue Valley Country Club. Other highlights include:
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