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Tours & cruises: Portland's public gardens and nurseries

Special to the Los Angeles Times

Mike Darcy, the host of an Oregon radio show about gardening, serves as a guide during the Pacific Horticulture Society's "Portland's Extraordinary Gardens" tour, which includes docent-led visits to the region's public gardens and nurseries, as well as art-filled private gardens. Highlights include the Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Chinese Garden and an organic urban farm.

Itinerary: Portland to surrounding areas, Salem and back

Dates: July 9-14. Book early; trip is limited to 22 people.

Price: $1,148, double occupancy ($396 single supplement), including five nights at the all-suite Inn at Northrup Station, some meals (mostly in gardens) and a $100 donation to the Pacific Horticulture Society. The price does not include gratuities, some meals or airfare.

Info: Sterling Tours, San Diego; (800) 976-9497.

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