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Wildlife Botanical Gardens Newsletter

Spring 2013

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of our
Annual Bare Root Trees, Shrubs & Perennials Sale

Trees $8 & up / Shrubs $5 / Perennials $1 & up

April 27 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 28 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

First day Members Only early bird sale on April 27, 9:00 a.m.! Don’t be left out, come early and purchase your membership before the sale!! Will you miss out on our sale due to scheduling? You have a second chance! Sale resumes the following weekend:

May 3rd 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
May 4th 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the sale!

We need field help, plant checkers, cashiers, baggers & gatekeepers. Volunteers receive one plant each for every 4-hour shift before or during the plant sale.

Please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Kent at 503-724-6357, or email

Sale location: 11000 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606 (West of the CASEE Center)  See map at  For additional information regarding our annual sale, membership or garden location please leave a message at 360-737-1160 or check on the website.  A plant list will be available on our website in mid-April.  All proceeds from this annual sale will benefit the Wildlife Botanical Gardens.

 NatureScaping is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization
The Wildlife Botanical Gardens are located at: 11000 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie, WA

A Message From Our Outgoing President, Karyn Weber

Karyn Weber As I reflect back on the past 15 years as a volunteer, and 10 years as the President of NatureScaping of SW WA and the Wildlife Botanical Gardens I say:

“Thank you to the special people who opened a whole new world to me.  I have been so lucky sharing the Wildlife Botanical Gardens, building friendships, meeting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives; and being involved with people who have a passion for life, the environment and wildlife”.

I am so proud of all the volunteers who put in endless hours to make the Wildlife Botanical Gardens what they are today and with the NatureScaping members who show their support as active members behind the scenes.

I thank our benefactors whose donations are invaluable to our organization, and to the many wonderful organizations that have built partnerships with NatureScaping. Your assistance has enabled us to develop many ideas and projects and helped us see them come to fruition. Thank you for helping NatureScaping spread the word about the many volunteer opportunities at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens.

I am energized by the new 2013 opportunities, board members and volunteers for NatureScaping and the Wildlife Botanical Gardens. For example, July’s Art in the Gardens, Hardy Plant Society’s 2013 Open Gardens Tour Dates, the ‘Fedge’ Fence in the Homestead Garden, plans for a donation box, an updated website and more.

New volunteers include Jason Starr (Maintenance Co-Coordinator) and Richard Palmer (Homestead Garden Co-Coordinator). I’m excited that Kent Gentry volunteered to continue as NatureScaping’s “volunteer” Volunteer Coordinator.

Thank you to the Board and welcome new officers and members: Terry Covington (Board Secretary), Barb Rider (Vice President), Cathy Olsen, Gary Stebbins, Fran Hannah, and Martha Stephenson (Board Members). Thank you, LouAnn Wittler (Treasurer) for your devotion to NatureScaping since its founding in 1994 and endless hours keeping our accounting in order.

To our new NatureScaping President, Meredith Hardin, who is an outstanding individual and who, I believe, has the ability to make NatureScaping of Southwest Washington and the Wildlife Botanical Gardens shine in our community.

To all of you, I stand here and give you my applause.

Thank You,
Karyn Weber, Vice President
President 1993 through 2012

NatureScaping Launches a New Website! has a whole new look…

The many views of different seasons at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens are captured by our own nature photographer, Terry Covington and displayed throughout the new website. Each theme garden is represented with beautiful photos and plenty of links for wildlife gardening and educational resources.

The calendar is updated and a new online version of the quarterly newsletter is posted here.

NatureScaping events are easy to see at a glance on the home page. Check it out and let us know what you think via the new email icon on the main menu bar!

web page

The site was developed by Brad Bertram of 3B Web Creations. Thanks Brad!


April 20 – StreamTeam EcoFair: Salmon Creek Greenway – Stop by our booth and say “Hi!”

April 27 & 28 – Plant Sale:  Hope to see you all at our Annual Bare Root Tree, Shrubs and Plant Spring Sale.  If you are available to volunteer, please contact Kent Gentry, Volunteer Coordinator at or call him at (503)724-6357.

May 3 & 4 – Plant Sale:  Second chance to browse for plants!

May 11 & 12 – Clark County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale: Mother’s Day weekend at the 78th Street Heritage Farm.

May 18 – Raising Backyard Chickens: Class presented by Dustin, chicken guru of Orchards Feed Store.

June 22 – Ethnobotany:  Presented by Richard Hogg and CASEE students.

Classes are 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the CASEE Center, Bldg B Room 206 / 11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie

Everyone’s Invited!  Members and the public are welcome to attend the NatureScaping Board Meetings, scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at New Seasons Market Fisher’s Landing, Community Room, 2100B SE 164th Ave., Vancouver.

SPRING GARDEN TIP – Plan for Pollinators

Per Rob Rosser, WSU certified master gardener in his February 28th, 2013, Columbian newspaper article:

“…The Home and Garden Seed Association encourages all home gardeners to help the cause of pollinator protection by planting more flowers, an important food resource for all kinds of bees and butterflies….Flowers clustered in clumps of at least four feet in diameter are more attractive to pollinators than scattered individual flowers. A succession of flowering plants that lasts from spring through fall will support a range of bee species. Flowers of different shapes will attract different types of pollinators. Pesticides are a major threat to insect pollinators.”

Let’s all support healthy soil, pollinators, food, water, and wildlife shelters for our community!
Meredith Hardin, NatureScaping President

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower, Hummingbird Garden, April 2, 2012
Photo by Terry Covington


Monetary donations to NatureScaping are appreciated!   A donation of $20 or more to NatureScaping includes annual membership, newsletters, invitation to Garden Events, free admission to NatureScaping classes and workshops, tax deduction and helps us with renovations and maintenance of the Wildlife Botanical Gardens.

Get a membership form here: NatureScaping Membership Form

Mail your check payable to NatureScaping, PO Box 891, Camas, WA 98607.  Please do not send cash.  All donations benefit NatureScaping and the Wildlife Botanical Gardens.

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers,
but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.
– Ikkyu Sojun