Come take a walk with me through The Shire.
Last Sunday, My Pirate and I had the pleasure of tagging along with a group of horticulturists touring the 75 acre preserve, nicknamed The Shire, that renowned architect John Yeon sculpted to feature the views of the Columbia River and Multnomah Falls. Randy Gragg led the tour filled with gorgeous views and stories.
I was born and raised 30 minutes away from Multnomah Falls. I grew up hiking and picnicking along the Columbia Gorge. And yet, I’d never once heard of The Shire directly across the river on the Washington side. So, I jumped at the chance that garden writer, Kate Bryant, gave us to explore The Shire and see my favorite falls from a new perspective.
As Kate Bryant introduced Randy Gragg to the group, my attention and camera lens kept pulling towards the constantly changing clouds, light, and shadow.
We walked quietly listening to the sound of leaves blowing through the wind and the occasional roar of a train passing through at full speed.
We climbed up a mossy rock embankment and gazed down at the shimmering view of the pier. Yeon repaired the stream that moves into The Shire, but beavers regularly build dams on it.
We explored a pear orchard planted in the 1880 using Eastern pear stock. We sampled some of the crunchy artisan pears.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of The Shire on a moody October afternoon. Thanks for tagging along on my journey.
For additional information:
Randy Gragg’s article The Long View in the Portland Monthly Magazine Magazine
To help support The Shire http://yeoncenter.uoregon.edu/give-now