Brooks Peony Garden walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated easy.
The walks begin in the showroom of the Adelman Peony Gardens north of Brooks, then stroll through the acres of gardens. From there, the trail goes to another commercial nursery featuring hostas and more before returning to the start point. This year, the plants should be especially beautiful with a multitude of blossoms.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 8 a.m. and return there about 3 p.m. Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. Following the walk, the carpoolers will probably choose a restaurant in Salem or Albany to have lunch together; however, lunch arrangements are always optional for each rider/walker.
People traveling to Brooks on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers at about 9:30 a.m. at the Adelman Peony Gardens, 5690 Brooklake Road NE, post office Salem. Directions to the Gardens, and further details on this walk, can be found by clicking on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page and scrolling down to 5/14. Alternately, the same information on this and thousands of other Volkswalks and Volksbikes throughout the United States can be obtained by clicking on the "National Events" bar on this page, then "Events" and following the prompts.