Across the street on the campus of Willamette University is the Martha Springer Botanical Garden, a modest but diverse display of flowering plants and water features in a peaceful setting.
From here, the bustling downtown eatery Wild Pear Restaurant makes a delightful spot for lunch. Serving up an array of brightly flavored salads, sandwiches, tasty soups (don’t miss the curried coconut and butternut squash) and delectable desserts. Afterwards, explore the unique shops and galleries along State Street.
The Oregon Garden, located in nearby Silverton, features a series of distinct garden areas landscaped into the property’s gently rolling hills. Explore on foot or take a narrated tram tour through the impressive plantings, garden art and water features. Families will enjoy the Children’s Garden, with its interactive in-ground Hobbit house, tree fort, and furniture filled with colorful, kid-friendly plants. Lunch here is also an option, either at the Garden Café or the restaurant in The Oregon Garden Resort.