Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer

The $10 passport to the Third Annual Coastal Garden and Art Tour

Saturday, Aug. 1, provided 245 guests entrance to seven, widely diverse

Brookings' gardens, plus the opportunity to observe members of the

Pelican Bay Arts Association (PBAA) in creative mode. At some gardens,

music and culinary treats were also offered.

Tour Co-chair Sherri Scott said members of the Master Gardeners and PBAA are delighted with the growth of the annual event that supports Curry County Master Gardeners, a 30-percent increase from last year's 188 guests.

Scott emphasized that there have been no repeat gardens included in any of three tours so far, and that provision will continue to be observed. "We already have five new gardens lined up for next year and are looking for a couple more," she said.

Gardens in this year's tour ranged in size from Edna Wilson's small Velopa Court garden, overflowing with an amazing array of flowers and fragrances, to the Webb Lane, 4-acre, park-like garden of James and Ruby Sanborn, where music was provided by Cy Vandermere and Jerry Moffitt.

Each garden showed unique features, from the Sunridge Terrace garden of John and Anna Caldwell featuring water displays, to the Timberline garden of Mark and Linda St. James that demonstrates water conservation on a steep lot.

Michael and Cheryl Cline's South Coast Inn Bed and Breakfast on Redwood Street included wine tasting provided by Movino Wine Bar at their multi-level landscaped garden, while the Seventh Street English garden of Tony and Judy Benson included entry to a collection of antique swords and and wood carvings.

Also included on the tour was the garden at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, one of the recipients of support from Master Gardeners Association, that provides the opportunity for middle school students to learn to appreciate the joy of gardening and growing edibles.

The association also supports a similar garden at Riley Creek School in Gold Beach.

Artists who shared their artistic skills in the gardens included, Dale Wells and his granddaughter, Loralei Hanna, Brenda Stafford, Claudiia Mach, Jim McCarten, Craig Barnes, Christina Olsen, Vi Burton and granddaughter, Audie Stanton, Sheila Curtis, Kathy Huxley, Kandi Legg, and Sara Broderick.

Master Gardeners, trained by Oregon State University Extension Service, pass on science-based gardening information through clinics and other educational programs, including free plant clinics every Wednesday from March through September at the OSU Extension Office in Gold Beach.

They also offer information about pest and disease control and landscape maintenance, and will identify and answer questions about damaged or diseased plants.

For additional information about plant clinics and Master Gardener services, call 541-247-6672 or 800-356-3986.

To offer a garden for next year's tour, call Sherri Scott at 541-412-1507.