The Clackamas County Master Gardener's Heritage Garden at the End of the Oregon Trail
End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Garden in Oregon City
Master Gardeners have been involved with this project at the end of the Oregon Trail since 2004. The site includes a demonstration kitchen garden with plants representative of varieties grown in the 1860’s and an heirloom rose garden. The kitchen garden serves as an educational tool for the public. Master Gardeners make presentations to groups of students and others who visit the area to learn about life in pioneer times.
The heirloom rose garden at this site was researched and developed by Erica Calkins author of Hatchet, Hands & Hoe: Planting The Pioneer Spirit. In 1992 and 1993 Erica sought information on heritage roses from historic rose gardens and the ancestors of early settlers in the area. She obtained specimen roses from the gardens at Fort Vancouver and other locations including old Clackamas County homesteads. Over time, the trees at the current site have matured and now overshadow the rose garden. The roses have become overgrown and difficult to manage. However, there is now renewed interest in renovating the rose garden. A member of Northwest Rose Historians (a group of heritage rose preservationists) has met with the administrative director of Historic Oregon City and Master Gardeners to provide suggestions for revitalizing the rose garden.
As a first step, we are reaching out to Master Gardeners who have an interest in heirloom roses or would like to learn about the history, care, and preservation of these special roses. We would also like to recruit Master Gardeners who are interested in planning and in garden design. We will schedule an event at the garden for individuals who would like to be involved.
More info: www.metromastergardeners.org