Mt. Hood Restaurants & Dining
The Resort at The Mountain’s herb garden was initially planted in 2008 at the request of a frequent conference group – Family Nature Summit. The group planner inquired about creating a kids’ activity to truly provide a hands-on experience for the group’s children – ages 6 – 12.
It was suggested the children design and subsequently plant an herb garden. And so, for one day in July, 20 – 30 children – both younger and older ones – did exactly that! With planters built and herb plants purchased specifically for the activity, the kids planted an estimated 25 – 30 small herb plants including basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, tarragon and thyme. They even planted tomatoes! The children learned how the produce would be used and about “sustainability” in language they not only understood but appreciated. In fact, a couple of the children were surprisingly savvy about the products and the process.
Since then, the herb garden, “out back” by the pool – with smart access to The Resort’s kitchen, has been integrated into the overall landscape and has yielded summer-after-summer herb clippings usable in menu items throughout The Resort. Over the years, the garden has been expanded and even more produce harvested, enabling Resort diners to enjoy more and fresher items than the already savory Oregon area bounty previously available.