I'm seriously thinking of putting a dollar bill in the ground to see if a money tree grows! Well, not really, but I am sure the Willamette Valley has to be the most fertile place on earth. Being a Master Gardener from SoCal, I was very excited to move to Oregon and actually see a little plant emerge from the earth from a seed that I had actually planted. I didn't even have to do anything but stick the tiny seeds into the soil and sit back and watch. To my amazement, the perfect weather, the rain, and of course the soil here makes for ideal growing conditions. No wonder that Linn County, Oregon is the "Grass Seed Capital" of the world.
One of my favorite nursery's is Garland Nursery in Corvallis, OR. They have a great variety of plants and even have a "plant of the month." March's Bergenia, 'Baby Doll' is an evergreen perennial with beautiful foliage and sweet little pink flowers that get even a darker pink in the spring.
Last summer, a few months after opening our Oregon Bed & Breakfast, we found Heirloom Roses in St. Paul, Oregon. We were looking for vintage and heirloom type roses and found the perfect rose nursery. Being that the Willamette Valley has the most awesome climate for growing roses, St. Paul is the perfect place do just that. The nursery is only 25 miles from Portland, the city of roses and only 22 miles from McMinnville, Oregon. Heirloom Roses, provides over 60 yrs. of combined rose growing experience with that old fashioned personal and friendly service. You can choose your roses by color, type, etc. There are three large display rose gardens with 1500 varieties of roses to choose from.
Youngberg Hill Vineyard and Inn in McMinnville is an Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inn. Being only 22 miles from St. Paul, Oregon, it is the perfect stop over before heading to the coast. The inn offers three suites and four guest rooms and overlooks the most premier wine country in Oregon.
One night at Youngberg Hill after a day enjoying nurseries and rose gardens in the Willamette Valley, then it's off to the coast.
It's whale watching season right now! Between March 21st and the 28th, is the best time to spring whale watch along the Oregon coast. Depending on the weather, there may be up to 1200 whale sightings as the gray whales migrate from Baja California, Mexico up the Oregon Coast. Of course the best way to see these magnificent creatures is by boat. However, if you are a land lubber like me, plant your feet on solid ground and view from the shore or at Yaquina Head Lighthouse off the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway north of Newport, Oregon. The lighthouse stands 93' tall and is the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. Even standing near the lighthouse, you will have a premium view and even very informative guides during the migrating season ready to answer questions and provide information about the gray whales.
The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, an Oregon Coast Lodging facility and a member of The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, sits perfectly on the Oregon Coast in historic Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon. Their Victorian Suite takes up the entire third floor of this three story inn. It offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean while you enjoy the two person jacuzzi tub, the private balcony, the surf, the sand and maybe even some migrating whales.
The Spring season begins Friday, March 20th. The best time to see whale migration along the Oregon Coast is Saturday, March 21st to Saturday, March 28th, and it's always a good time to stop and smell the roses at Heirloom Roses before tucking yourself in to a cozy Oregon Bed & Breakfast.