Our Foundation

Mission Statement:
Gardens and programs that inspire, educate and enrich our lives and our community.

Purpose Statement:
To educate and encourage citizens on the importance of developing, restoring, maintaining and conserving wildlife habitat and the native plants that comprise that habitat.

Welcome new members! and many thanks to those who have renewed your memberships and given donations.

Many of you have increased your membership renewal levels–thank you! Memberships help support our organization and our gardens!

Note: We can now accept memberships and renewals onlineMembership/Renewals.

However, to help us cover our processing costs for the convenience of using online payments, it is necessary to include those costs in our online membership fees. Amounts remain the same as before for checks/cash.

End of the year donations can also be transacted online! Donations/Memorials.

December Class

Friday, December 17th  Zoom class entitled ~ Bring Back the Pollinators~ presented by Dave Kollen, Xerces Society Ambassador.  Dave is a Xerces Society Ambassador and in that role is involved in educational and outreach work. Additionally he is an Oregon Master Naturalist and Master Melittologist Apprentice. His involvement in community science includes the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas and the Oregon Bee Atlas.

We will discuss how we can play a role in pollinator conservation, both in general and in our own landscapes and communities–their importance can’t be stressed enough. The natural history, threats, conservation and especially what we can do in our own landscapes to create a more pollinator-friendly space–especially for bees–will be covered.

We are again partnering with the Camas Library.


November Class Re–Cap

Those who attended had a great lesson regarding all things Mason Bees! We also had a chance to harvest the cocoons from our collection of tubes–cocoons will be for sale at next year’s plant sale. Participants had a chance to take home their earned bees.

Note: Speaking of Mason Bees…..our Mason Beekeeper, Brigg Franklin, is looking for an apprentice who is interested in a more thorough knowledge about the bees with the potential of becoming our next Beekeeper–passing down the torch. Please contact me for more information.

Sharpening Event Re–Cap

It was a rainy day for our first sharpening event by Repair Clark County at the gardens on November 12th. Our successful event served 19 people resulting in 61 items sharpened with another 13 dropped off for later repair. There were a lot of happy folks leaving the shed with their newly sharpened tools!

Support through Shopping

Tis’ the holiday season and this year online shopping is still going strong along with some in-person visits. A gentle reminder….

A painless way to help support us year round is through your shopping at Fred Meyer, Amazon and Giving Assistant–it would be much appreciated!

Here’s how:

You must already have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card. You can choose NatureScaping as your charity and every time you use your rewards card it will benefit us. Go to the link and enter our name or number CC402 and click “enroll”.

You must already be signed up for Amazon Smile (it must be AmazonSmile particularly) use our unique link and your eligible online purchases will contribute to a donation to NatureScaping.
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93- 1166487

Giving Assistant

You must already use this platform to shop and designate us for your cash back

Do you have someone in your life that would enjoy a gift membership to NatureScaping? Once we can gather again, think how fun it would be to share classes and other events together in person! On our website you will find a form to print and send in to our PO Box or transact a gift membership online.

Did you Notice?

The Water Wise Garden has a new bench thanks to a generous member–thank you Barbara! Gravel will be added around the bench for stabilization and drainage.

With the recent addition of assorted seating options in the various gardens, there is no reason not to sit and enjoy!


We recently received two wonderful comment cards left at the gardens. One had a sketch of a tree on the front and hearts all over the card!

I’d like to share a portion of the comments and pics…

From Anna & Ben:

“We feel so honored enjoying all the beautiful creations you all have grown and nurtured. The resting benches are tucked into such cute, artistic nooks and secluded hideaways. We ride our bikes here and visit every few weeks. Thank you for this gorgeous garden to meditate at and give thanks for the beauty of nature and amazing folks you all are.”

Another commenter:

“We try to come every month. It’s the most beautiful place. Keep up the amazing work.

From Larry (member and FFG co-coordinator)

Impressive berry display by the Hawthorn trees in the back of the Manor Garden.

Nature Related Quote of the Month

From Mahatma Gandhi: To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

Though the actual Thanksgiving Day holiday is over, it is always a good day to be thankful. We are all very thankful for our members and volunteers who make our gardens what they are. Please accept our thanks as expressed below.

Stay safe and enjoy!!