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Volunteer Update:  Early Fall, 2021

Volunteer Update: Early Fall, 2021

In the Rhododendron Garden, volunteers have been busy around the rock creek area and upper Summit Path. Many thousands of small weeds were pulled, lots of blackberry dug, and one bed was mulched. Combined with the fine gravel work done to repair the trails, this...

Wildflower of the Month: Early Fall, 2021

Wildflower of the Month: Early Fall, 2021

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)  Coyote Brush is a deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, medium-sized shrub that blooms at a useful time of year, providing a nectar source for skipper butterflies and other native insects in the fall. Although it is more common at the...

What’s Bloomin’: Early Fall, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: Early Fall, 2021

Korean Chrysanthemum Dendranthema sawadskii Korean Chrysanthemums are the latest blooming of all chrysanthemums, beginning their show in early autumn and lasting until a killing frost. They come in a wide variety of colors, from deep reds and magentas to pale yellows,...

Wildflower of the Month:  September, 2021

Wildflower of the Month: September, 2021

Douglas Aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum) A long and late blooming season - August through September - makes the Douglas Aster a valuable plant for skipper butterflies and many other pollinators. The seeds are taken by small birds. Douglas Aster is easy to grow in...

Late-Summer Update: 2021

Late-Summer Update: 2021

Summer is coming to an end. After several severe heat waves and an extended drought, fall will soon arrive. Fall is a busy season for Friends activities in the park, with new Free the Forest and Walking Tour events now posted in calendars under Activities on the...

Mid-Summer Update: 2021

Mid-Summer Update: 2021

Anemone Summer is in full swing at the park. Volunteers continue to weed, mulch and otherwise beautify the Rhododendron Garden on Tuesday mornings and the Native Plant Garden on Thursday mornings. New gravel has been spread on the loop trail around the main lawn, a...

What’s Bloomin’: June 2021

What’s Bloomin’: June 2021

Elf Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain laurel, is a multi-stemmed, broadleaf, evergreen shrub that is native to Eastern North America (New England south to the Florida panhandle). It is found in a variety of habitats, including open rocky...

Volunteer Update: June, 2021

Volunteer Update: June, 2021

Over the past past month, volunteers in the Rhododendron Garden have made great headway weeding beds along Skyline Dr and in the McCready Arbor area. They freed several rhododendrons, big and small, from encroaching snowberry. Others have spread yards of mulch around...

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2021

Wildflower of the Month: June, 2021

Oregon Sunshine Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum) lives up to its name, with abundant, inch-wide yellow flowers in early summer. Look for it in the sunniest parts of the native plant garden, north of the picnic shelter.   It is easy to grow in home gardens if...

What’s Bloomin’: May, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: May, 2021

Clematis montana "Rubens" What a treat to see this draping wall of flowers in the spring. Hanging from the White Oak at the center of the main lawn of the Rhododendron Garden, it has undoubtedly played a prominent role in many family portraits. It's very happy where...