The Gardens of Enchantment is a self-guiding Garden with markers both in print & Braille. The Gardens comprise five distinct areas, each containing special elements to highlight its own varied beauty, offering the visitor many unique experiences. Adjacent to the Garden entrance is a three dimensional Garden Guide showing the overall layout.
The Morning Glory Fountain creates a pleasing sound of falling water. Benches around the pool provide a restful spot where visitors may enjoy the songs of birds, the sounds of water, and the music of wind chimes.
A 64 foot long elevated bed features herbs of various smells and flavors, both annual and perennial. The herbs include thyme, spearmint, chocolate mint, chives, fennel, rosemary, sage, dill, sweet marjoram, basil, among others.
In this section we strive to display plants with different textures - ferns, prickly birdnest spruce, mugho pine, soft and fuzzy lambs ear, the satiny leaves of bergenisa, and spiky yucca and red hot poker. Across the path are shrubs offering other interesting textures.
This section invites guests to enjoy sweet scented shrubs such as lilacs, peanut butter tree, Carolina allspice, and honeysuckle. In the raised beds, planted for summer and fall bloom, visitors will experience the scents of alyssum, nicotiana, scented geraniums, heliotrope, lilies, curry plant, and chocolate cosmos.
This area is the framework for the Garden as a whole. The hedges and trees provide a background for the various beds, which are planted mostly with bright annuals in the summer. Many sight impaired people can distinguish shape and color, so they can enjoy the masses of color along with their sighted friends.
22 Acres of Nature waiting for you in Sandy, Oregon
NEAR THE GARDEN ENTRANCE YOU WILL SEE THE PROJECT MARKER ON THE RIGHT AND A BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKER, HONORING THE VETERANS, ON THE LEFT. AS YOU LEAVE THE GARDEN SHELTER THERE IS A LARGE TOAD STOOL TO YOUR RIGHT. THIS CAME FROM ENGLAND AND WAS USED TO SUPPORT THE CORNER OF A CRIB.
ALONG THE PATH IS STATUE OF ST. FRANCIS, SHELTERED IN A RUSTIC SHRINE, AND SOME GARDEN ART MEMORIALIZING PAST WORKERS.
NEAR THE WISHING WELL IS A MARKER HONORING JUDGE GEORGE HOWEILER, THE FOUNDER OF THE ORAL HULL FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND.
THE GARDEN GAZEBO IS A SEMI-ENCLOSED, COVERED STRUCTURE WITH A KITCHEN AND RESTROOMS. IT PROVIDES A MEETING PLACE AND PICNIC AREA AND IS AVAILABLE FOR RENT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS, ALONG WITH THE OTHER PARK FACILITIES.