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! To those who have renewed your memberships (some at higher levels) and to those who made donations, thank you so much! Memberships help support our organization and our gardens!
Note: We can now accept memberships and renewals online! 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!
Wednesday June 15th Zoom class at 4:00pm entitled ~ Keeping It Clean Upstream with Surfrider Portland ~ presented by Jessica Gillian, Surfrider Executive Volunteer.
Join us for a presentation and discussion centered around protecting the ocean with Surfrider Foundation Portland’s Chapter. Get acquainted with their programs to help protect and increase enjoyment of the ocean, waves and beaches.
We are again partnering with The Camas Library.
Mark Turner, Photographer, Speaker and Writer gave a wonderful, informative and colorful presentation regarding some native plants that are easily recognized from behind your windshield that can be mistaken for weeds.
If you missed the session, Mark has graciously granted access to the recording of the class for a very limited time. It will be available to view on The Camas Public Library’s YouTube page starting Sat. June 4th and will be available until Monday June 13th.
Here’s the link to the recording:
Note: We have a playlist at the Camas Library YouTube page where you can view the entire offerings of recorded class sessions from past months at:
Saturday Morning Work Parties
Saturday Morning Work Parties (SMWP) are from 9-noon. Each Saturday morning, volunteers are guided by one of our garden coordinators to work on needed tasks/projects in the various gardens. Non-Saturday dates may also be available as determined. We have a sign up system using SignUpGenius. Additional sign up dates will be routinely added. To sign up to work on listed days, here is a link: SignUpGenius
The 10th anniversary of Art in the Garden will be on Sunday July 10th. We are partnering with The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to organize the event. This is the event where various artists will be displaying and selling their creations which are strategically located among the gardens.The artist’s space assignments have been made. There will be more than 35 individual artists participating; many new and returning artists this year. Master Composter Recyclers will be joining us with composting demonstrations and will answer your recycling and other questions. We will have a mini-perennial and shrub sale as well.
Speaking about volunteers…..
Want to help get the gardens in spectacularly tip top shape for our visitors to the gardens during Art in the Garden? We are especially in need of help weeding the common areas and along 149th Street. If anyone could help us out, please use the SignUpGenius link to find a date to volunteer! Thanks in advance.
Come see the latest board on display (thanks Rosemarie) on your next visit to the gardens,
Also thanks to Kurt for constructing a new frame to hold the bulletin board.
By now you figured out that unless you heard from me, you did not win our plant sale raffle prize. Better luck at our Art in the Garden event!
Did you know……
NatureScaping recently enrolled as a non-profit organization with Visit.org to provide workshops regarding sustainability through gardening to corporate employees as a group. Visit.org enrolls corporations who support employees learning about equity, inclusion and sustainability through workshops provided by non-profits. NatureScaping entered 5 events for corporations to sign up for: permaculture, mason bee class, perennial propagation, building an arbor in the Water Wise Garden, and volunteering to help maintain the Wildlife Botanical Gardens. We look forward to corporations contacting us to schedule one of these events. If you know of any corporations who might be interested, please refer them to https://visit.org/
We are seeing an uptick in groups visiting and inquiring about the gardens recently. In May, Julie, our “resident tour guide” (among other functions) gave a tour to a group of school children and their adults. We also had a photo shoot take place at the gardens. Visitors from the Backyard Habitat Program also visited recently and may continue through the summer at various times. June has more “tours” and visitor events scheduled–we are becoming popular!
Comments from Google:
From Angela: she gave us a 5 star rating with the comment: “A little piece of paradise”
Nature Related Quote of the Month
From R. Buckminster Fuller: “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
Stay safe and enjoy!!