Plans for 2017 at the Edmonds Demo Garden
It is March now early spring and good things are starting to happen at the Edmonds Demo Garden. This year the monthly work parties are scheduled for the second Saturday morning of almost every month usually from 10am to 1:00pm. The March Work Party will be on March 11th at 10am. Volunteers led by Jim Clark will be cleaning up, weeding, pruning and mulching as the native plants bud out and bloom and the birds and wildlife start calling the this community garden their home again.
In January, sixteen Demo Garden volunteers started planning the activities and workshops that will take place at the Demo Garden throughout 2017. We think we have planned another good year that nature lovers of all ages will enjoy. In March we will start out with 2 important spring workshops – on March 11th starting at 1:00pm there will be an interesting and important workshop on DIRT – Soils and Composting and on March 25th Nancy Moore, native plant expert and guru will offer a workshop on how to do pruning and trimming to keep gardens beautiful, healthy and natural but not overgrown and out of control.
For the rest of the year there will be several workshops each month including such topics as water sources in your garden, Puddles to ponds and building rain gardens. There will be lots of wildlife oriented workshops on Frogs, pond Turtles, Salamanders, Garter Snakes, Mason Bees, Hummingbirds, Sparrows, Spiders and Dragonflies. Also there will be fun nature art projects for kids and families with local artist and naturalist April Richardson. And in June we hope Demo Garden volunteers will build a unique float and enter it in the Edmonds Fourth of July Parade.
For anyone interested in sketching and drawing or photographing birds, wildlife and beautiful Washington Native plants at the Demo Garden, we will continue our existing Field Sketchers Group sessions with Nancy More and April Richardson. And we are also starting a brand new group for those interested in Photography who might enjoy taking photos of life at the Demo Garden. The first photographer’s group get-together is scheduled for Sunday March 19th at 1:00pm. Local photographer, Bill Anderson who knows the Demo Garden very well will be there to share and provide encouragement. Both these groups are open to sketchers and photographers of all ages and all levels of interest and experience – beginners are always welcome as well as those who are still trying to get that perfect shot of a Pileated Woodpecker or beautiful colorful butterfly.
The Demo Garden is located on the NW Corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way (S.R #104) at the Willow Creek Hatchery. It is a public Community Garden and is always open for visitors. Volunteers are needed for work parties, hosting workshops and other tasks. The Hatchery Education building serves as the indoor classroom and the Garden is great for the real life outdoor classroom.
Susie Schaefer, Coordinator
Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden
Fall “To Do” list from your backyard wildlife family
(from WA Dept Fish and Wildlife)
Your family may be making those fall outdoor chore lists, as daylight hours shrink, temperatures drop, and the urge grows to “batten down the hatches” in the yard and garden.
Here’s another “to do” list from your local wildlife “family” that you may find easier to check off:
Leave some “dead heads” on your flowering plants to provide seeds for some of us birds and other animals
If you must rake leaves off grass lawns, just pile them under some shrubs, bushes or other nooks and crannies to provide homes for those insects that we birds love to eat; leaves make great mulch to help your plants, anyway!
Keep that dead or dying tree right where it is (unless, of course, it’s truly a hazard to you), so we can feast on the insects in the rotting wood or make winter roosts or dens in its cavities
Give yourself and your mower a rest for at least a portion of your lawn so we’ve got a patch of taller grass to hide and forage in
Save just a little of that dead bramble thicket for us – it makes great winter cover and we don’t need much!
Fall is a good time to plant shrubs, so replace invasive, exotic Himalayan and cutleaf blackberries with native plants of higher wildlife value like blackcap (native black raspberry) or red raspberry; native currants or gooseberries found in your area; or native roses such as Nootka or baldhip.
Pile up any brush or rocks you clear around your place to give us another option for nests and dens
Take it easy on yourself and let go of the “perfect” garden image; we wild animals like less tidy, “fuzzy” places because there’s usually more food and shelter there
Get yourself a comfortable chair, sit back, and congratulate yourself on having made a home for wildlife and a haven of relaxation for yourself!