The weather was hot and humid on Saturday morning when a group of COTV ladies met for our outing to Myrtle Creek. As ladies often do, we left Kohl’s parking lot just a little later than planned only to arrive at our destination with about two minutes prior to them opening the gate! Perfect planning on our part as usual!
A final group of about twenty including guest; Tanya McIntosh (daughter of Ray and Judy) and our honorary “lady of the day”, Dayton Taylor, were met at the parking area of Myrtle Creek with a basket of glasses filled with ice cold “Myrtleberry” lemonade. What a welcome treat those were! Everyone agreed it was delicious and a much needed refresher from the heat. With glasses of lemonade in hand, we were given a few minutes to explore and acquaint ourselves with the are before meeting with our tour guide Alexia.
Alexia gave our group a short history lesson on the founding of Fall brook and of Myrtle Creek. Her talk included some history of the Coastal Oak trees that abound around the area, and the little Blue Jays that have helped their progression. Alexia then told us of the different venues around Myrtle Creek and a short synopsis of each before we were given about an hour to explore the area on our own.
For those of us who had never been there, Myrtle Creek was a delightful surprise! Much larger than it appears from the outside and filled with almost everything you can imagine, we were at a loss as to where to begin. There is a bird sanctuary that is home to over 100 species of birds including two hawks who make their presence known at closing time. There are rescue goats living in the barn that was constructed in 1898! The oldest original structure on the grounds, the barn’s red color is actually derived from the original settlers who treated the wood with a mixture of linseed oil and rust.
In addition to the barn, there is a carriage house and a showroom for willow reed furniture where you can custom order your own designs. There is a Gypsy Wagon, numerous fountains, birdhouses, planters and of course a plethora of plant selections.
Myrtle Creek has it’s own Cafe Bloom that serves a nice selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and of course Myrtleberry Pie! On weekends, there is a chef that will custom make crepes both savory and sweet. To enhance your experience, they have numerous picnic areas on the patios, and grounds and will even supply you with a picnic basket and blanket so you can enjoy your lunch on the lush shaded grass.
The Farmhouse Gift Shop carries almost everything imaginable! They have lotions, cards, clothing, jams, jellies, sauces, jewelry, home decor, garden decor and on and on. You get the idea, it’s almost as good as Disneyland for ladies!
After our free time we met at the Sherman Plantation Home for our buffet lunch. Offerings for lunch included a strawberry macadamia nut salad, Greek chicken wrap, turkey sandwich on a pretzel roll, coffee, tea and of course, Myrtleberry Lemonade and Myrtleberry Pie! Myrtle berry it seems is an organic mixture of blueberries, boysenberries and raspberries and it is delicious!
When we finished our lunch, we headed back to the garden area where we were each given a planter and planting instructions. For our planters we had our choice of four plants to fill them with and our choice of two different mosses to top them with. We all enjoyed filling our pots with colorful plants and digging in the dirt!
With our planting complete, our day sadly came to an end. Thank you Rosemary Priebe for organizing such a fun day for our ladies (and Dayton too). It was a day of serenity relaxing peacefully with good friends in a beautiful setting, a delicious lunch, and a beautiful plant to take home with us. Everyone who attended agreed that we’d like more opportunities like this to get to know each other a little better. If you were unable to attend, you missed a great day and we encourage to make every effort to attend our next outing. You’ll be glad you did!