Wildflower of the Month: July, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: July, 2022

Farewell-to-Spring Farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena) is native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay. It is a common meadow annual that blooms in early to midsummer, bearing cup-shaped,...
Volunteer Update:  July, 2022

Volunteer Update: July, 2022

The surprise volunteer news this spring was the departure of Christina Bentrup, who had been serving as Volunteer Coordinator at the park. She gave much energy and leadership to the Tuesday Morning Rhododendron Garden group, navigating the Covid-19 pandemic and...
Wildflower of the Month: June, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2022

Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa) Western columbine is a common perennial wildflower in Western North America, frequenting oak woodlands, moist meadows and seeps.  It is a member of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.  The flower color is striking with both red...
What’s Bloomin’: May,2022

What’s Bloomin’: May,2022

Bleeding Heart The common bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) gets its name from its heart-shaped, white or pink flowers that dangle like pendulous drops from a slender stem. Bleeding hearts are woodland plants that like the shade and bloom in the cool of...
Wildflower of the Month:  April, 2022

Wildflower of the Month: April, 2022

Oregon Grape Berberis aquifolium Tall Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium) is the state flower of Oregon. It is also known by its former genus name Mahonia. Its brilliant yellow blooms in spring serve as a valuable nectar source for bees and other insect pollinators....