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.
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 October 29th Zoom class at 4:00 entitled ~ Stream Friendly Homes~ presented by Eric Lambert, Clean Water Outreach Specialist, Clark County Public Works.
Residents can incorporate landscape features, manage rain runoff and protect water quality while enhancing home aesthetics.
We are again partnering with the Camas Library.
A sincere thanks to all of those who donated during the 2021 campaign(and after) to NatureScaping. With all of the deserving organizations in southwest Washington we were fortunate to have been gifted with $1068.96. We are greatly appreciative and will use the funds to improve education in the gardens.
Perennial, Bulb & Seed Swap Follow-Up
The weather cooperated for our swap. There were a number of folks new to our area wanting to learn more about the opportunities for growing in this little part of our PNW. Thanks to those NatureScaping/Master Gardener volunteers who helped make our event run smoothly and who shared in their knowledge. We will be contributing some of our leftover seeds with the Battle Ground Food Bank’s swap event happening in January 2022.
Our Saturday morning work parties (SMWP) are winding down for the year–the program will continue through October. Take this remaining opportunity to get in some volunteer hours before the weather turns more nasty! Use our SignUpGenius to schedule your Saturday:
Time to usher in Autumn. Next time you are visiting the gardens be sure to check out the new display on the outside of one of our sheds located in the center of the gardens. In the meantime, here is a peak (see attached). Thank you Rosemarie!!
Looking for Natives?
We know that fall is generally a good time to plant. For those of you interested in obtaining some natives (trees and shrubs) the CASEE Center may have what you are looking for in their greenhouse. Contact Margaret at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 360.885.5361 for an appointment for greenhouse sales. Cash or local check only.
Did you notice?
In the January 2021 newsletter we recounted our efforts in creating and completing a series of Pacific Northwest Native Plant Shrubs/Perennials
Hedgerows to replace the grass strip along 149th Street from the Entrance Garden all the way through the Flying Flowers Garden. This project was a year in the making starting in 2020 and was accomplished with donations of time, materials and grants from many sources. Although the work continues, a milestone was reached last month with the addition of signage. Thanks to all involved!
A bright spot towards returning to “normal” was the tour/talk given by our “Perennial Princess” Julie, to the Clark County Beekeepers last month. She spoke about pollinator plants more specific to bees. We appreciate the generous donation from the beekeepers.
Visitors are enjoying the gardens–some have left comments and pictures. Our coordinators are privy to special moments in the gardens and are also happy to share.
From a visitor (Jim) comments:
“I really enjoyed the garden you’ve created, the meandering paths, the wonderful variety of plantings and the frequent benches to sit upon. I enjoy focusing on small details that take a while to be discovered”.
From Business Google
“Terrific spot to learn about all of the different plants that you can have in your garden and see them as mature plants. Also just a lovely quiet space to be in with its adjacent forest path. Great place to go to get away from cityscapes”.
From Larry (member, co-coordinator and regular contributor):
Spotted in the Flying Flowers Garden enjoying our newest bench
Most appropriate on a foggy morning for this “scary” time of year
…”the Gardens this morning – they’re enchanting in the rain”! (see pic)
Nature Related Quote of the Month
From Wendell Berry: “The earth is what we all have in common”.