Step into Nature Garden Club

Terry Covington, NatureScaping Board Secretary, photographer and poet, assisted the Step into Nature Club write a “found poem”. Terry chose a small cluster of lantana berries, and everybody in the group said what it reminded them of. Terry organized the observations together in random order to create the following poem. The kids enjoyed this activity and there was a lot of laughter.


Lantana berries are elegant,
like black pearl earrings. They remind me
of balls of electricity! Looking at them,
I think of blackberries. They make me hungry!
Dr. Seuss would like Lantanas.
They look like blossoms starting to bloom.
Lantana berries are like lollipops,
a grape nucleus,
a bomb exploding!

New Garden Coordinators & Administrative Volunteer

Fran Hannah, Collector’s Garden Coordinator, past Board member and administrative assistant is retiring from NatureScaping as of November. Fran will be deeply missed and we hope she will visit us frequently.

Mari Osmundson, a long time NatureScaping volunteer has excitedly offered to step in as the Collector’s Garden Coordinator.

Jamie Reeb, Board Member and Cottage Garden Coordinator mentored Jean Meyer over the summer months to take over as Coordinator. We hope Jamie will remain on the NatureScaping Board and continue to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with us.

Michele Huffman, member and Master Gardener, is now assisting Sidne Kneeland, NW Natives Garden Coordinator.

Long time NatureScaping member, Marlene Dellsy, is now volunteering as Administrative Assistant for various needs. Thank you Marlene!

Event Coordinator of the 2015 Bare Root Trees, Shrubs and Perennials Sale

NatureScaping is now accepting proposals through Oct. 25th from experienced Event Coordinators for our annual fundraiser in late April, 2015. The link to the RFP is at or call to request an RFP through the mail.

Educational Kiosk

By the end of October, a new educational kiosk will be installed at the entrance to the Wildlife Botanical Gardens. The funding for this kiosk comes from grants from the Clark County Master Gardener Foundation and Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. Shur-way Building Center and Signs & More are providing the materials. Jim Ivy, Fred Ojama, John Antell and Mitch Hardin are building the kiosk!

CASEE Selling Native Trees and Shrubs for Fall Planting
Contact Margaret Bessert at or 360.885.5361 to purchase native trees or shrubs. She will arrange a time to meet you at the Greenhouse behind the Wildlife Botanical Gardens to shop. A list of trees and shrubs for sale will be posted on our NatureScaping website in the coming week or two.

Amazon Smile Support of NatureScaping

If you shop on Amazon, consider signing up for Amazon Smile where you can choose NatureScaping of SW to receive a donation of .5% of your purchases. Check out how to sign up at

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Assign your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to their Community Rewards Program at Select NatureScaping of SW WA and Fred Meyer will donate to us. You still earn your rewards.

Capital Contributions for 2015
Our road through the Gardens, our two garden sheds, and educational display board for events are all showing their age. All three need repairs. As you renew your membership this year, please consider choosing a membership rate more than the $20 general membership so we can increase our budget for repairs/replacement.

Check out our monthly classes at: and on Facebook.
Columbia Springs Master Composters/Recylers are teaching a FREE Lasagna Gardening Workshop
Saturday, October 4
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church (5607 NE Gher Rd / Vancouver, WA 98662)

Register at or 360.882.0936 x 224.

Contact NatureScaping of SW WA at: (360) 737.1160, or PO Box 763, Battleground, WA 98606
NatureScaping of SW WA is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization.