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September 26-Oct 2 NGC Fall Board Meeting, Portland, Maine


Environmental Study -- October 11-13  Normandy, WA        

Gordon House Open House -- October 17    

Gardening Study -- October 26-27  Richfield, WA




Theme: Nurture Nature – Nurture Friendships

 
Nurture NaturePresident Shirley Shimitt
  • Plant native trees and shrubs. 
  • Use beneficial insects. 
  • Create your own backyard wildlife habitat. 
  • Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, glass. 

Nurture Friendships
  • Attend garden club meetings. 
  • Invite friends and neighbors to club events. 
  • Send birthday greetings and get well wishes. 
  • Plan an activity with Youth, 
  • Senior adults and 
  • Special needs populations. 
  • Give garden care for members who need assistance. 
  • Share your garden bounty.
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Oregon State Flower

Oregon Bird


Western Meadowlark 
~ Sturnella neglecta

In 1844, Audubon observed that although the species was known to members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, no one had taken the least notice of these birds since. Consequently, Audubon named the Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta. Today the tag no longer fits, as six states have picked Meadowlarks as their state birds. The Western Meadowlark unleashes a bubbling medley of rich, flutelike phrases that is well-known from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean.

Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium

The Lewis and Clark Expedition into the Northwest Territory is credited with bringing the Oregon Grape to the East where it has been grown and appreciated as an ornamental flower ever since. The Oregon Grape’s lustrous, dark green, leathery leaves, pyramidal spikes of bright yellow flowers, and light blue grapelike fruits in early summer, make it effective for use in many garden situations. The Oregon Grape (or holly grape as it is also called) was used by the Indians and early and early pioneers as food, medicine, and drink.