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–we hope to see you at our monthly classes and upcoming events.
And to those who have renewed–thank you so much! 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 November 18th at 10:00am ~ entitled Native Mason Bees ~ conducted by Brigg Franklin, NatureScaping’s Mason Beekeeper
Join us for what has become our annual Mason Bee Experience! The importance of pollinators is becoming more evident and mason bees play a vital role. Learn the fascinating process by which the cocoons are formed and their life cycle. Help us with cleaning our tubes and in return have an opportunity to obtain some bees for next spring.
Julie Carlsen made dividing up gnarly looking clumps of bulbs and overgrown plants look easy during our plant propagation class. We learned different techniques to obtain more of the plants you may have and love through layering and stem cuttings.
Saturday Morning Work Parties
Our volunteer Saturday mornings are officially over until next spring. Thanks to all who have put in their time to help us keep the gardens beautiful for all to enjoy!!
Speaking of volunteers……
On the last Saturday of October (a beautiful mostly sunny and warm day) there was much activity at the gardens. A large volunteer group consisting of youths (plus some adults) from Prairie H.S., CASEE, RCS and an Eagle Scout troop all converged to help us out with a multitude of tasks. Some accomplishments: *beginning to clean up and reorganize of one of our sheds, *dividing and potting up of perennials for next year, *planting daffodil bulbs, *weeding along 149th Street, *raking leaves off of the main road and into the garden beds, *clearing out large tree limbs from the Native Garden and placing them in the appropriate area, and *helping in the Entrance Garden. At the same time, work began by an Eagle Scout candidate and his troop 344, to replace the arbor in the Hummingbird Garden.
Perennial, Bulb & Seed Swap-Recap
We could not have asked for a better weather day for our swap! We had a pretty good attendance considering all of the other events happening that same day.
Thanks to all of the Master Gardeners and others who helped answer questions and helped organize the many seed donations! See pic. We even had seeds sent to us from Shreveport, Louisiana! Denise learned about our swap online and there being no local outlet in which to share her leftover seeds, mailed them to us! We were happy to share our bounty with anyone present at the gardens that day; pleasantly surprising those who were there to visit or stroll. We have seeds remaining and they will be brought to the next few monthly classes to share with attendees.
The gardens are used in many different ways by many different folks! Here are a few from October….
We had 2 weddings at the gardens last month; both in the gazebo of the Cottage Garden.
Other groups that visited the gardens were an Airedale Terrier group and a garden club from Tigard, OR.
Some of the nice days in October brought out families for a stroll and respite on one of our many benches–in this case one of our newer chairs.
Also, photographers for senior (H.S.) pictures and early Halloween celebrants.
Always striving to best share information, our standard flyers in display boxes at the gardens are now on our website. Find them referenced on the following pages:
Once again for our new members…..
For anyone interested….
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:
Many visitors who took the time to give us a review (some with comments) and/or share pictures:
From Business Google:
Irene–5 star review
From Comment Cards:
Kathleen (left a donation): “Beautiful botanical garden! A+. A wonderful place for a stroll. Thank you!”
A visitor from Amarillo, TX (left a donation): “Breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you. Donation is in loving memory of my mom, Nannette Evans.”
Nature Related Quote of the Month
From John Muir: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”