What do you get when you cross rare ornamental plants with friendly goats?
No, it's not the worst lead in for a joke ever, but the premise behind Out in the Garden Nursery in the country town of Molalla. The nursery is the dream of the aptly-named Carol Westergreen. Instead of the same-ol' same-ol' plants and flowers you see at the big box garden centers, Carol specializes in species that are both perfectly suited for Oregon's climate and a little more rare than the standard roses and rhododendrons people may be used to seeing. Plus they are gorgeous. With a degree in landscape planning, Carol lends her expertise in plants and how to lay them out so that your garden can be the envy of the neighborhood.
While most of the time the kids complain about having to go to the nursery, they'll be begging you to visit this one. In addition to the beautiful plants and flowers is a pen filled with curious, friendly goats waiting for some attention from you and your kids. While they're all hilarious and adorable, the baby goats are simply precious and worth the visit alone.
It's free to visit the farm, as it provides an opportunity for people who have never been able to hang out with goats and other farm animals the chance to enjoy a new experience. Carol believes this is important, as she's had many customers who told her how amazing it was to pet a goat for the first time.
There are numerous events throughout the year. Coming up this weekend is the 6th Annual Wine and Cheese in the Garden festival. Enjoy live music from the award-winning Rae Gordon Band while sampling delicious artisan cheeses from and other craft food and beverages. Plus the goats will be there. Did we mention the goats?
Watch our live video below to learn more, or visit the nursery for yourself. You'll be glad you did.