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 our new member! Many thanks to those who have renewed your memberships and given donations.
We are so grateful that many of you have increased your membership renewal levels–it is very much appreciated! Memberships help support our organization and our gardens!
Friday July 16th ZOOM online class at 4:00 p.m. entitled ~Invasive Weed ID and Reporting ~ presented by Brad Mead, Invasive Species Coordinator for Clark County Public Utilities.
We will talk about identifying invasive weeds in Clark County and how to report their location to professionals who can then address the problem.
We had a great class with Brandon Burger from Backyard Bird Shop Vancouver regarding making our backyards a friendly place to share with other creatures in our urban environment.
If you missed the original presentation, it was recorded and is now available to view on The Camas Public Library’s YouTube page.Here’s the link:
Art in the Garden
We’re Back! Where do you want to be on Sunday July 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm? At the Wildlife Botanical Gardens of course! Join us for a fun day of art, music and spinning demonstrations in a beautiful garden setting at 11000 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie, Washington. We have many new artists this year as well as some past favorites. Also there is a Master Composter Recycling Demonstration area ready to answer all of your compost and other questions.
Saturday Morning Work Parties
Saturday morning work parties (SMWP) are ongoing through October. For those unfamiliar with our parties, on each Saturday morning, we will pair volunteers with one of our garden coordinators who will supervise and guide various tasks around the gardens. We also have a few non-Saturday dates to offer. We have created a sign up system using SignUpGenius. Each month additional sign up dates will be added.
It’s a great way to get out, get your hands (gloves) dirty, get some exercise and help contribute to the beauty of our gardens. You may even learn some things!
Did You Notice….
We have a new birdbath in our Entrance Garden which was donated by the Columbia View Garden Group to honor the memory of one of their members Maxine Bradshaw.
If you were out in the gardens on Saturday June 5th you may have seen a young couple taking their wedding vows.
They chose our gardens for their elopement celebration. That day the rain stopped long enough for them to get a few beautiful pictures. See pic.
Saturday June 12th turned out to be a nice day for members of the Battle Ground Art Alliance to use our gardens as the backdrop for their Plein Air painting Event. See pics.
We Were Mentioned….
There was a nice article about NatureScaping and the Wildlife Botanical Gardens in the June 22nd issue of The Reflector. It mentions Art in the Garden among other things. In case you missed it here is a link:
Artists gather for annual event
Goings On at the Gardens…..
The June 23rd joint CASEE/MCR chipping party proved to be “great fun and very productive” according to Larry. See the monster chipper at work! Thank you Pete Dubois, MCR Coordinator, Margaret Bessert, CASEE Program Administrator and Ron Ferguson, NatureScaping/MCR Volunteer.
Welcome to our new Flying Flowers Garden Co-Coordinators Larry Greene and Carla Coffey. Kurt (Carla’s husband) has also joined us as a volunteer. Among other things, Larry has been one of our trusted volunteers for many past plant sales as well as a frequent contributor of garden pictures and comments.
From the NW Natives Garden: “I am happy to report that the Native Garden has a handful of new citizens living there. When I purchased the water hyacinths for the pond, I was given a complimentary bonus of 7 teeny, tiny tadpoles. Dropped them into the pond a few weeks back and last week the tiny specks were starting to show legs.
When I returned today I met Teddy, Eleanor and Harry. Have not met the others yet..They were quite busy cleaning the pond”.
Nature Related Quote of the Month
Native American proverb: We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.