Geocaching in the Oregon Garden

Hidden throughout the 80-acres and over 20 educational and specialty gardens that comprise The Oregon Garden in Silverton are 10 public and 20 private geocaches. Created as a fundraiser to support for the garden’s GPS mapping project, geocachers are invited to find all thirty caches during garden hours.

Children's Garden

Explore the Hobbit House in the Children’s Garden

A caveat, admission is required to find the 10 public caches and guests are required to pay an additional $10 for the coordinates of the 20 private caches. GPS units are available to borrow at the Visitor Center and/or at the front desk of the Oregon Garden Resort on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Silverton Market Garden

Find the micro cache hidden by the chickens in the Silverton Market Garden.

Currently expired, geocachers can expect a new geocaching passport running in conjunction with the Oregon Garden Resort’s 15th anniversary celebration beginning July 3, 2016. Fifteen new geocaches will comprise the celebratory passport and completed passports will be entered into a drawing for yet-to-be announced prizes (we’ll update this story when details become available).

Water Garden

Bicyclists ride through the Water Garden at dusk.

In the mean time, geocachers are welcome to use a special $2 off admission coupon, which will be uploaded to as an image within the existing 10 public caches starting this June.

Worth noting, all geocaches hidden inside The Oregon Garden are accessible from pedestrian paths (no need to climb into flower beds or bushwack your own geo-trail).  CITO practices are both encouraged and appreciated. For more information on geocaching at the Oregon Garden, click here.

Oregon Garden Resort

Enjoy sweeping views of The Oregon Garden from the Oregon Garden Resort.

If you are coming in to Silverton from a distance or for a special occasion, consider staying at the Oregon Garden Resort, a 103-room hotel with spa, restaurant, and lounge, consider the Dinner Escape lodging package which includes two dinner entrees, a bottle of house wine, an overnight stay, breakfast for two, and admission to The Oregon Garden. Rates run $109 on weekdays and $159 on weekends.

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Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at