The Dalles Imagination Garden (The DIG)

What is The DIG?

The DIG is a colorful, engaging, user-friendly, educational garden that stimulates the interest and imagination of children and their families. Master Gardeners and 4-H teach workshops for the community, hold camps for kids, and maintain an interesting exploration environment for families.

The DIG earned the Marje Luce Search for Excellence Award in 2011!

The DIG is located at the intersection of Klindt Drive and Steelhead Way, along the riverfront trail in the Port District of The Dalles.

Project Leader: Kathy O'Hern 

coffee at the dig schedule
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Coffee at The DIG

Coffee at The DIG is a workshop series led by Master Gardeners on topics such as deer protection, flower arranger, and growing and using herbs.

Free coffee is provided!

9:00-9:30am on Saturday mornings in June, July and August.

community members gathered at the dig for a presentation


high school plant science students transplant lettuce into their garden bed at the dig

TDHS Plant Science

Master Gardeners team up with students from The Dalles High School plant science class to plant and plant several of the garden beds at The DIG. You can read about the students' research and the plants they chose at their garden plots. These kids really take ownership and do an amazing job!


Day Camps

Master Gardeners hold day camps at The DIG in partnership with 4-H or other local non-profit organizations. What a blast! Check back next year for more information.

Examples of camps at The DIG:
Art in the Garden
Harvest Camp
Garden Ecology



Story Gardens

Ever find yourself wishing there were more ways for small children to interact with a garden? At The DIG, there are several! Use the garden library to pick out a story, find its matching garden bed, and let the adventure begin! There are also fun matching shape-and-color games, a sunflower house, and an artful and secure wall to provide to safety from the riverfront trail. Feel free to explore with your families in your free time, on your own schedule.

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