Posts Tagged ‘Gardens’

Music in the Gardens Tour near Astoria: July 15 2017

June 23rd, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Water Music Society will host its 11th annual Music in the Gardens Tour on Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, just north of Astoria. Gardens on the Tour are located from Chinook, WA (about 15 minutes from Astoria) to Oysterville, WA, 45 minutes away. Each stop on the garden tour features live music in various styles, plus master gardeners happy to share their knowledge as well as the history of their properties.  Most of the gardens will tempt you to linger to enjoy the small bites and beverages they are offering.  One of the gardens will have raffle items as well. Visit the Tour’s Facebook page as the tour date approaches for highlights about the musicians and artists to be featured, as well as preview the gardens in bloom and raffle prizes.Music in the Gardens July 15, 2017 Two bouquets of flowers in gray buckets by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Tickets are $20 per person and include the Tour map and a keepsake brochure with information about the gardens and points of interest.  The event benefits the Water Music Society, whose mission is to bring classical music to the Long Beach Peninsula, and the Ocean Beach School District Music Program. We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day in July than enjoying music and art in these beautiful coastal gardens near Astoria. We have several rooms still available for your getaway that weekend, so don’t wait to give us a call or go online to make your reservation.

Water Music Society’s Music in the Gardens
Date: Saturday, July 15th, 2017  Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tickets: $20.00 for adults; children under 18 are free.
Tickets may be purchased online; the Garden Tour map may be obtained at one of three locations on the tour. The location closest to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast  in Astoria is The English Nursery at the intersection of US 101 and 103 in Seaview, WA.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: Oregon’s Botanical Landscape

June 8th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

The current exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800, presents works by Corvallis resident Frances Stillwell. white art gallery wall with paintings, four people wearing red or blue jackets looking at artHer 82 pastel drawings, watercolors, and oils represent the native flora of all eight of Oregon’s ecoregions, from the Coast Range and Klamath Mountains to the Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountains. She says: I paint in response to what I see, though often don’t realize what that is until afterwards. – The Democrat Herald, March 13, 2009.

Painting by Frances Stilwell of landscape with wildflowers, green trees and grass, blue sky, Columbia Pacific Heritage MuseumHer award-winning artwork has been displayed in multiple juried exhibits. In the forward to this exhibit’s companion book, she writes: This is my window into Oregon’s botanical landscape. By the end of this book…  You will have become more familiar with the natural world of Oregon. Familiarity is the first step towards a sense of home. Like the book, the exhibit’s purpose is education about the natural world, taking time to slow down and stop, to consider colors, shapes, and shadows.

Wildflowers abound during the spring and early summer here in Astoria, so why not plan a getaway to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast soon, and enjoy both our flora blooming in nature and that experienced though Stillwell’s botanical landscapes?

Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon before 1800
Dates: May 12 – July 8, 2017
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Museum Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Museum Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (55+)$4.00, Children (12-18) $2.50, Children under 12, Free
Admission on Thursdays is FREE for everyone thanks to the Port

Images courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Astoria’s Garden of Surging Waves honors its Chinese heritage

May 4th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

a short walk from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast, you’ll find the “Garden of Surging Waves,” honoring two centuries of the Pacific Northwest’s ties to China and the many contributions Chinese immigrants to Astoria and the Lower Columbia River Basin. You see the evidence of their efforts from the railroads to the canneries to the jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Garden of the Surging Waves Pavilion with carved white columns and wood beams on plaza by Michelle Roth Photography

Photo: Michelle Roth

The Garden, named for the Surging Waves Pavilion in a classical garden in Suzhou, China, expresses the themes of transition, values and Chinese design in its architecture and art. The garden’s juxtaposition of elements and contrasts of colors express the cultural transitions that Chinese immigrants experienced after arriving in Oregon. Quotes from Chinese philosophers and writers reflect their values of family, education, authenticity, and resourcefulness.  The Garden integrates symbols from Chinese culture throughout its design. Local materials, such as the wood rails and elongated pavers resembling canneries’ wooden floor planks, reference the industries of timber, railroading, and fishing. Landscape design brings together traditional Chinese plants and trees with those native to this area. The Garden’s website provides detailed explanations about it symbolism, artwork, history, and stories of Chinese heritage, so don’t forget to view it as a part of your visit to the Garden.

Astoria’s many attractions and activities will fill your busy days, but be sure to take some time as you walk through our historic district to pause and enjoy the Garden of Surging Waves’ tranquility and peace. The Garden changes with each season, so don’t wait to book your next getaway while spring is in the air!

Photo by Michelle Roth courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce