By: Kim Charles

Brenda and her husband, Douglas Ballinger, enjoy their unique garden combinations created with passion and artistry.

"My husband and I live in Silverton, Oregon which is the home of the "Oregon Garden". He has been an ironworker by trade for the last 24 years, but his real passion is plants and gardens, this is where he spends all of his extra time. He is truly an artist. We live on the creek, that is comprised of a dry desert garden in the front and a tropical garden in the back."

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