Delightful Dahlias Worth the Visit

Delightful dahlias took our breath away when we attended the

Annual Dahlias Festival

Watch the video to see a sampling of the blooms on display. They are really remarkable.

Swan Island Dahlias sponsors the festival and are celebrating their 89th year. Canby, Oregon, the dahlia capital of America is located in Central Oregon. It is a one-hour drive south of Portland.

You can learn how to grow these gems at this annual event and place orders for tubers (strangely resembling sweet potatoes) that will be delivered in the spring next year. They teach where and when to plant, soil preparation and planting, staking, watering, fertilizer, digging, and winter storage. For more information you can visit the Swan Island Dahlias website at www.dahlias.com.

The flowers bloom in August and September, not in the spring like many other flower species. They are a hearty and long-lasting flower that should bring a lot of enjoyment.

Freesia at the Flower Stall in Downtown Portland

The Flower Stall in Downtown Portland

On a recent photography trip to Portland, Oregon, the freesia was in bloom along with many other locally grown gems. There are the regular weekly customers, as well as tourists to enjoy this flower stall 365 days a year and in all kinds of weather.

The magical florist was creating spellbinding floral creations for all to enjoy. You can visit their website here.

flower stall in Downtown Portland Oregon

Spellbound Flowers in Downtown Portland Oregon

Rose from the Rose City

A locally grown rose from the Rose Capital City

florist arranging flowers

The magical florist creating spellbinding flower creations

Customer smells fragrant freesia

Customer smells fragrant freesia

Portland Pedicab Tour

Portland Pedicab tour in OregonThe most fun way to experience a brewery tour in Portland, Oregon, is to be pedaled from brewery to brewery by a young and nubile rider. This is an eco-friendly transportation and marketing alternative.

I found out about this PDX Pedicab tour through Groupon, where I purchased the deal for a tour group that I was leading on one of our Pacific Northwest tours last fall. Here is their website link.

Imagine enjoying fresh air and city sites from your cab while touring a number of (well…three) local distilleries and sampling their brews. You also learn the history of their brewery and their spirits.

As you may know, Portland has become a world-renowned center for microbreweries and the unofficial beer capital of the U.S. with more breweries than any other city in the country – 32 within the city limits and 38 if you count the entire metropolitan area. With a renaissance of craft-brewing in Portland since the 1980’s, it has been called “Beervana” and “Munich on the Williamette”.

Don’t forget to tip your rider. They live on tips, which are not included in the price of your tour. They work hard for your enjoyment!