People at summer festival
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Summer Festival in Bend

Type/Classic Stroll through the more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople as they fill the street with their handwork, design and artistry in Bend, Oregon July 9-10 at the First Interstate Bank Summer Festival. Traveling to Bend from all over the state, region and country, these fine artists bring color and life to the First […]

Man kayaking in Puget Sound
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See Seattle Solo

Type/Classic Take a step back from planning and make some friends with sight-seeing tours like the pay-what-you-feel Seattle 101 walking tour from Seattle Free Walking Tours* (2001 Western Ave), or Seattle Cycling Tours’* (714 Pike St) Basic Seattle City Tour. To taste the best of Seattle from local experts, take one of Savor Seattle’s* (1916 […]

purple iris
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Add perennial power to your garden

Type/classic Caption:Perennial plants like Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica) tolerates full sun to part shade and provides year-round interest.  Photo credit:photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Create long lasting beauty and pollinator appeal in your landscape with the help of perennials. With a little bit of planning, you can have flowers, foliage and seed heads […]

Outdoor Activities

Activities to Do When You Stay at a Cabin the Mountains

There really is nothing quite like getting away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. When you temporarily rent a cabin for a week or month, there is so much that you can see or do in the surrounding area! And it’s all beautiful. Here are some activities to get you started. Ride ATVs When […]

Sunflowers from seed
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Save gardening money with seeds

Caption: Sunflowers, like Suntastic Jaune Coeur Noir, are commonly started from seeds in the garden. Photo credit:photo courtesy of All-America Selections by Melinda Myers Don’t worry if you have already spent most of your plant budget for the year.  Fill voids in your gardens and containers with heat tolerant annuals planted from seeds directly in the […]

Raised bed with drip irrigation
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How to conserve gardening water

Classic Caption:  Raised Bed Drip Line Irrigation Kits with closer drippers are more effective at watering small areas like raised beds. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company/gardeners.com by Melinda Myers No matter where you live, the conservation and wise use of water in our gardens and landscapes is important. Sustainable water use helps […]

Rain barrel resize
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Put rainfall to use with rain barrels

Classic Caption: Elevate your rain barrel for easier access to the spigot for filling containers and to speed water flow with the help of gravity. Photo credit: photo courtesy MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Put rainwater to use in your landscape with the help of rain barrels. This centuries old technique allows you to capture rainfall to […]

Haystack at Canon Beach
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Oregon’s top four attractions

Caption: Haystack rock is a dominant sight in Canon Beach. Credit: -TravelOregon.com (photographer: Joni Kabana) Beautiful Columbia River Gorge Editor’s note:  Between May 24 and Sept. 5, 2022, a timed-access permit will be required for each personal vehicle driven on the Historic Columbia River Highway from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Vista House and […]

Night landscape lighting
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Light up your night garden

Classic Caption:  Enjoy an after-dark glow on your patio or deck with retro Edison-bulb solar lights. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company/gardeners.com by Melinda Myers Enjoy your garden and landscape once the sun sets with strategically placed and attractive landscape lighting. Select the best type of light that complements your garden design and […]

White flowers
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Creating a Garden in the Shade

Type/Classic Photo caption: Bugbane’s white spires of flowers will provide some height to the shady areas in the landscape. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Don’t let limited sunlight stop you from growing a beautiful garden. Make the most of shady locations with proper plant selection and design strategies.  Start the season with […]