This year the tour features three gardens in Lake Oswego, one in Eastmoreland, two gardens in Wilsonville and one in Oregon City.

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COURTESY PHOTOS  - The peaceful Lake Oswego retreat designed by David West.The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers invites all to attend the 14th-annual Designers' Garden Tour taking place June 22.

From a country garden made for an artist to a private retreat in an urban setting, attendees will see options for outdoor living, tapestries of perennials, conifers and grasses.

This year the tour features three gardens in Lake Oswego, one in Eastmoreland, two gardens in Wilsonville and one in Oregon City.

The benefits of a landscape designer to a home owner are that:

— A well-planned yard can lower maintenance and provide year-round color and interest.

— A good design can add to a home's property value, and enhance overall neighborhood livability.

— A landscape designer can see the hidden potential in your landscape.

— Expert planning from the beginning can reduce costly changes later.

The gardens include:

— Dancing with the Willows Garden, designed by Adriana Berry. Homeowners Carol Horvath and Rick Hafele had just purchased their new home in Wilsonville's Villebois in 2013, when they approached designer Adriana Berry, FAPLD to transform their lot to maximize the outdoor experience of their very small yard. They wanted to transform their empty side yard into a lush, contemplative garden. Experience the transformation of their very small yard into a lovely natural tapestry garden.

— The Evers Lowry Hidden Garden, designed by Barbara Hilty. Enter a hidden garden full of blooming perennials, shrubs, and trees ... a peaceful place in a suburb of closely built two-story homes. Italian cypress, rose-covered arbors and clematis provide privacy while framing a fountain. Wisteria covers a pergola over a hot tub. Espaliered fruiting trees, berries and more thrive in a sunny corner, while a remembrance garden is tucked into another corner's deep shade. Enjoy this hidden oasis listening to the fountain while birds' songs fill your ears. The garden has been changing over time, nurtured by the enthusiastic homeowners and in collaboration with Barbara Hilty, Landscape Designer.

— Peaceful Lake Oswego Retreat designed by David West. Peaceful and simple French country living in an up-and-coming Lake Oswego neighborhood. A beautiful cedar fence on top of a concrete wall provides unparalleled privacy from adjoining neighbors, while the water feature and custom Rumford-style fireplace give the main flagstone patio charm and interest. Sit under the white rose-covered pergola while taking in the clean and organized lines of the large garden. Decomposed granite walkways mingle throughout Cor-Ten steel planter boxes. Simple benches offer peaceful reflection.

— The Smith's Garden designed by Elida Rivera. The Smith's garden is unlike any other in their area, effortlessly directing the passerby to pause and take in its beauty. Designed to be a natural, free-flowing garden, plants can grow as intended among the big boulders and bluestone features carried throughout the property. Outdoor living is the focus here with ample space for everyday living and entertaining. From vegetable gardening to gathering around the built-in firepit, this garden was meant for engagement.

— Huggett Garden designed by Lori Scott. The Huggett property contains colorful personal plantings set within a modern scheme of concrete, pavers and gravel. Expertly cultivated vegetables grow in raised quarter-circles of rusty steel. A balance of privacy and open friendly space has been created with evergreen hedges, wood screens, a fabric shade that raises and lowers, and a unique speak-easy neighbor window. The circle motif is emphasized with a lovely wood-and-steel pergola and a curved yew hedge. A long axis of clean gravel path allows sight lines clear across the garden.

— The Wedeking Garden designed by Lucy Hardiman and Teresa Dennis. When Dayle Wedeking embarked on her adventures as a gardener she couldn't have foreseen how her burgeoning interest in plants would alter her life and property. Ebullient beds, borders, and plant combinations break all the conventional rules common in suburban gardens. A growing collection of clematis is gracefully integrated into the fabric of the garden. Pathways circle the garden allowing gardener and visitor alike to be at one with the plants and design ... gardening in 3D.

— The Cassidy Garden designed by Lucy Hardiman and Teresa Dennis. Changing lawn shapes and adding curvilinear beds to Sue Cassidy's front garden was just the first step in her education as a gardener. This country property has grown into a garden that honors the sense of place, reveres the history of those who came before, celebrates incredible views and provides outdoor living spaces for family and friends. Conifers, deciduous trees, textural grasses, shrubs, perennials and ground covers are woven in tapestries providing rhythm and year-round interest.

Tickets purchased online before June 15 will be mailed to you. Tickets purchased online June 15-21 can be picked up at will call at the first garden on the tour. You will receive the address once you complete your purchase. If you have questions, contact ANLD at [email protected] or call 503-683-3003.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera, notebook to jot down names of plants and designers you meet during the tour, water, and lunch (or lunch money if you want to eat in a neighborhood caf√©). Wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy, comfortable shoes. Most of the gardens have stairs, slopes and narrow paths to navigate. Direct your questions to [email protected] or 503-683-3003.

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