Stop and smell the roses in nearby park

May 31, 2013 by  

Coos Bay residents who are into photography and yearn for landscape worthy of postcard printing, as well as those who just need a new place to take visiting relatives, take heart. A nearby secret garden turned state park is just a few miles away and offers two chances to reap its benefits next month.

About 13 miles from our city is Shore Acres State Park, which contains the formal, English gardens that were once part of a century-old, lavish estate. Despite being only 50 feet from the ocean, the garden thrives, although it takes a good number of people working to keep the garden in tiptop condition.

Tomorrow (June 1), locals can take advantage of State Parks Day, during which free parking is available. The park is also offering a special event for people who want to treat their fathers later this month, as the Rose Sunday – Father’s Day event on June 16 will see an expert on roses on hand to answer questions, with cookies, coffee, and punch to enjoy as well.

Shore Acres is one of Oregon’s most impressive botanical gardens. It started out as an estate owned by Louis Simpson, a wealthy businessman. Originally, a large mansion stood on the site along with a gardener’s cottage. The mansion was torn down but the cottage and gardens remained. The state of Oregon bought the property in 1942, restored the garden and opened it to the public.

More information is available at the Shore Acres website. An admission fee of $5 per car is required to enter the park.