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Hendricks Park News: February, 2024

Hendricks Park News: February, 2024

For several days in mid-January, 2024, Eugene was brought to a near stand still as freezing rain followed by freezing temperatures paralyzed the city and wreaked havoc on trees and power lines. Damage in Hendricks Park was limited primarily to the forested-areas of...

What’s Bloomin’: December, 2023

What’s Bloomin’: December, 2023

Mahonia "Charity" Oregon grape is Mahonia acquifolia, which blooms in the spring and is native to Oregon. On the other hand, Mahonia charity is a winter-flowering plant, starting its show in late fall and lasting through February. Mahonia charity is a hybrid refined...

Wildflower of the Month: November, 2023

Wildflower of the Month: November, 2023

Gaillardia Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata) is an exceptionally long-blooming perennial. Gaillardia can be almost any shade of yellow, orange, red, purplish, brown, or white; they are often bicolored.  The example above was spotted in the Native Plant Garden of...

What’s Bloomin’: October 2023

What’s Bloomin’: October 2023

Colchicum The crocus is seen as a harbinger of spring, so why do these flowers appear in the fall? In fact, they are not a type of crocus, but are colchicums. Colchicum is a genus of perennial flowering plants that are varied and widespread, with about 160 species...

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2023

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2023

Checkermallow (Sidalcea species) While there are varieties that make their homes along the coast and on each side of the Cascades, several species of checkermallow occur in the Willamette Valley. All have similar spires of whitish pink to deep pink flowers that appear...

Wildflower of the Month: May, 2023

Wildflower of the Month: May, 2023

Large-leafed avens (Geum macrophyllum) Large-leafed avens is a common native geum of meadows and forest edges, blooming through late spring and early summer. This plant has a vast range, growing from Alaska south to Baja California and east across Canada to the...

Hendricks Park News: May, 2023

Hendricks Park News: May, 2023

Board Members Lou Vijaker and Beth Copeland at our tent on Mother's Day It was a grand Mother's Day at Hendricks Park, a bit hot but nobody cared. Board members and other Friends helped direct traffic at the parking lots and greeted people at our tent in the...

Wildflower of the Month: April, 2023

Wildflower of the Month: April, 2023

Yellow Violet Viola glabela The yellow violet shown above is probably a stream violet (Viola glabella). It is abundant in the Native Plant Garden and other moist places in the park, where it spreads to form extensive patches. Several other yellow-flowered violet...

What’s Bloomin’:  April, 2023

What’s Bloomin’: April, 2023

Tree Rhododendron Rhododendron arboreum cinnamomeum Several varieties of Tree Rhododendrons are native to the Himalayan slopes in Nepal, Bhutan, Kashmir, and Southern Tibet. They tend to bloom in early spring and can grow to over forty feet in height. The Rhododendron...

Volunteer Update: March, 2023

Volunteer Update: March, 2023

If you are a regular visitor to Hendricks Park, you can not help but have noticed the improvements in park conditions over the past few years, as weeds are reduced, blackberry is removed, beds are mulched, plants are pruned, and new rhododendrons and wildflowers are...