Gardens are packed with natural phenomena, such as the Venus flytrap's insect-catching tractor beam and the Pacific tree frog's ability to camouflage itself to David Bowie's wardrobe. Explore the high-tech achievements of nature with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year Junior Gardener’s Club membership to Oregon Garden (a $50 value) in Silverton. A one-year membership grants you:
- A full year of free admission for a child and one adult guest
- Admission to regular Junior Gardener's Club activities
- A 10% discount inside the garden gift shop and café
- An official Junior Gardener's Club membership card
Located in nearby Silverton, Oregon Garden gives budding horticulture habitués the opportunity to fully discover the floral kingdom, with more than 80 planted areas and 20 themed gardens, including a Weird Plants garden, Furniture garden, and Train garden. Set deciduous-deducing plantlets loose to frolic in the Children's garden, which features dinosaur-bone digs and a Hobbit house. Every month the garden hosts new events and activities to spur energetic and artistic connection with nature. Take your pup or bow-tie-wearing praying mantis to the Pet Friendly garden, or admire the view of the Willamette Valley at the Axis Fountain. The grounds brim with horticulture rarities and aesthetic scenery, such as the sprawling, 400-year-old signature oak and an alluring collection of miniature conifers. Those with additional redwood rings may wish to revel in the stately rose garden, meditate in the therapeutic sensory garden, or simply smell nature's aromatic deodorant. Check out the Junior Gardener's Club blog for more information.
- A dozen horticultural theme gardens showcase indigenous and introduced plants alike, ranging from kitchen herbs to an extensive collection of North American conifers. – Fodor's
- My personal favorite was a small pond with lily pads that has lots of frogs. It was so neat to be able to look at the frogs so closely. Their kids area is great, especially on the weekends. – Jennifer C., Insider Pages
The Oregon Garden
The Oregon Garden gives horticulture habitués the opportunity to fully discover the floral kingdom with more than 20 specialty gardens. The grounds bloom with horticultural rarities and aesthetic scenery, such as a sprawling, 400-year-old signature oak and an alluring collection of miniature conifers. In the Pet Friendly Garden, pups frolic around nontoxic plants, and in the Children's Garden youngsters can explore features such as dinosaur-bone digs and a real hobbit house.
The garden's retail nursery furnishes a crib and changing table for baby plants and also cultivates vegetation all year round, selling perennials, shrubs, annuals, and veggies. Although not part of The Oregon Garden, the historic Gordon House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building in the state and the only one open to the public throughout the Pacific Northwest is located next door.