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 members–those who have renewed and those newly joined! Thank you! Memberships help support our organization and our gardens!
Note: We can now accept memberships and renewals online with this link: Membership/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.
Separate donations can also be transacted online!
Saturday January 21st at 10:00am entitled ~ Seed Saving-From Harvest to Storage ~ conducted by Erin Harwood and Eloyce O’Connor,Co-Owners of Garden Delights Herb Farm (www.gardendelightsfarm.com).
We are starting off 2023 with two of our favorite presenters who are back to share information about different kinds of seeds, harvesting and saving seeds, with a special focus on cleaning harvested seeds–hands-on activities.
Please let me know if you would like to attend this class to ensure proper chair set up and materials–members are always welcome.
We had a great turn out for our Landscaping with PNW Native Plants class with Hannah Schrager. Hannah gave us some good things to think about when planning out your yard, especially when using natives.
Note: With more time indoors for the next few months, if you’d like to review some of our past recorded Zoom classes (when we could not meet in person) we have a playlist at the Camas Library YouTube page where you can view most of the recorded class sessions from past months at: Camas Library YouTube-NatureScaping Classes
And speaking of our December class….
Did you Notice…..
The Reflector newspaper did an article prior to our December class interviewing Hannah talking about native plants. Here is a link: Read Article
Sharpening Event-Follow Up
This was our second year partnering with the Repair Clark County program of Columbia Springs. On Saturday Dec. 3rd we had a free sharpening of garden tools for members. It was a busy day with 121 items sharpened on sight. An additional 28 items were dropped off to be picked up later. The weather was cooperative and everyone seemed pleased! I’d say it was a success!
On behalf of NatureScaping one of our favorite young entrepreneurs, Eve Hanlin (www.gardensbyevelyn.com) gave a presentation in partnership with Visit.org and Lumen on December 01, 2022. Visit.org matches corporations who have employees who want to volunteer with nonprofits that focus on equity/diversity/sustainability.
Eve’s topic, Discover New Sustainable Gardening Systems to Improve Your Own Backyard Garden contained many extensive and valuable resources. Eve has generously shared them with us on a page on her website (where you can also find out about her Dahlia business and contact her): Resources
LCNN (Lower Columbia Nature Network)
NatureScaping met (via Zoom) with representatives from this nonprofit which works to connect our community to nature by fostering partnerships in Clark County and southwest Washington. NatureScaping is now a member/partner of this regional coalition. Check out their website: Lower Columbia Nature Network.
For those new members or just as a reminder….
With funding from a Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) grant and with many volunteer hours from committee members (you know who you are) a longtime dream has been fulfilled.
We have created a free 52-page booklet as an educational tool that includes dozens of high-quality photos, descriptions and other information regarding native plants found at The Wildlife Botanical Gardens and reasons to incorporate them in your landscape. Here is the link to finding it on our website: https://naturescaping.org/resources/free-booklet/
Not as much picture taking happening right now but there are still things to see if you really take the time to look….
Nature Related Quote of the Month
From Carl Reiner: A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Bonus New Year Quote
From F. Scott Fitzgerald: Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.
Stay safe and enjoy!