Valley Pacific Floral Blog

Fall in The Willamette Valley

By Cindy L. Plummer  -  October 9th, 2019

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
                                                                                                                         -Stanley Horowitz


After saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall... and welcome to the coming winter we all look forward to the many occasions we’ll have to gather together and celebrate in the coming months.  Fall is full of holiday festivities such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Dia de Los Muertos. Wonderful meals, tasty treats, elaborate costumes, and rich colors go along with the celebrations.                
That makes this the perfect time to brighten up your home with flowers.  Flowers are a simple way to liven up your space, with a pop of color and a fresh and natural scent. Whether you are having party, need a hostess gift or want to brighten up a stay-at-home night, a beautiful floral arrangement will set the tone and update your decor for the season.                                     
It’s fall in the Oregon, Willamette Valley.  And, it is a perfect time to take a long drive through the valley to see the changing leaves and landscape.  Whether you are in the mood for a family pumpkin patch adventure, wine tasting or one last picnic, you can find it here.

The French Prairie Gardens Harvest Festival, in St. Paul, Oregon, offers more than 20 seasonal activities throughout October, including pig races, a corn cannon and a family ninja course. 

The pumpkin patch at Fir Point, in Canby, Oregon, has a large variety of pumpkins for the harvest season.  From October 5-31, you can also enjoy hay rides through the pumpkin patch, a corn maze and family fun!

‚ÄčOr head to Bauman Farms, in Gervais, Oregon, throughout the month for the farm’s annual harvest celebration. The event has more than 30 attractions, including mazes, obstacle courses, rides and farm animals.

The Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby remains open for another week or two.  Swan Island Dahlias, has been in business for over 91 years, and is the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States.  Many of the dahlia tuber starts  grown in the Valley Pacific Floral cutting garden came from the Swan Island Dahlia Farm.

And the 2019 harvest has begun at wineries across the valley, home to more than 300 wineries and tasting rooms. Here are some wine tasting routes to help you explore the corners of the Willamette Valley and make the most of your wine tasting adventure. 

Or simply pack a lunch and take a drive to enjoy the changing seasons.  Popular spots for fall foliage include:
The silver Falls Hwy. follow the highway through the bright fall foliage to the Silver Creek Falls hiking trails.
The Silverton Gallon House Covered Bridge runs over the Abiqua Creek in Marion County is another historic sight to see.   

Take advantage of our locally grown collection of favorite summer and fall flowers…Our beautiful Dahlias, Hydrangeas, and Chrysanthemums will add a touch of fall to any occasion.   Stop by and see us, call us at 503-981-1702 or visit our website to order your fall flowers today!

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