A Grand Finale for the Portland Fling
So this is the last post I’m going to do about the Garden Bloggers’ Fling held in Portland last summer. Fittingly, it is about the garden that hosted the event’s closing reception.
This was held at Bella Madrona, a five acre garden on the outskirts of Portland. The garden has been lovingly created over more than three decades by two retired physicians, Jim Sampson and Geoff Beasley.
Bella Madrona is a garden of many faces. It has borders mixing annuals and perennials, all exhibiting bold colors.
It’s also a garden of paths, mostly gravel, cunningly designed so as to almost always disappear around mysterious bends.
And all those paths lead to many niches and nooks, areas to sit and chat or just contemplate the view.
There were water features, of course.
And lots of garden art – some macabre, some playful.
And I can’t forget the ducks. Why is it that urban chickens have become kind of fashionable, but not ducks? All in all, I’d say ducks are cuter. Much harder to cook, though.
Bella Madrona is frequently made available for fundraising events and weddings. It certainly provided a marvelous setting for the Fling’s closing reception. In fact, people stayed far longer than the allotted time.
It’s a bit sad to write this last post about the Portland Fling. On the other hand, I’m glad to have finished before my memory of these gardens fades any further. And now I can look forward to the 2015 Fling in Toronto.