The Garden Club engages in a multitude of activities throughout the year, not just the spring and summer months.
Our “gala” event & primary fund raiser is the annual “Plant Sale” which takes place in May, sometime around “Mother’s Day” weekend. Members have “dig days” and “pot up” plants from their gardens to sell. [Photo: SM]
Great field trips like: public gardens, nurseries, and each others gardens. [Photo: MN]
We have donated a native tree or shrub to Camas or Washougal for many years. Best time to plant is actually very early spring or late fall in our area.
Many of our members volunteer regularly at other organizations and help at various events. The club has planted several thousand Daffodils at the entrances to our two sister cities and also in the Washougal waterfront Park, too. [Photos: BR]
The club invites speakers to our monthly meetings who discuss a wide variety of topics such as: Bats, Mason Bees, Lilies, Composting, Canning & Preserving, Rose Care, and Native Plants, to name but a few. [Image: S.C.]
Club members have taught each other wreath making, pumpkin vases, flower arranging, and how to make tufa planters. [Photo: J.N.]
The club regularly donates money in the form of grants to teachers within the Camas and Washougal school districts: community & school gardens, books, seeds & tools for elementary and grade schools, etc. [Photo: S.L.]
Club members arrange vases of flowers for the cafeteria and hospice rooms at the local Veterans Administration hospital in Vancouver, WA, during the months of May and July every year. We share this activity with other Garden Clubs in the area who “cover” the other months of the year. [Photo: BR]
The club is lucky to have a number of members who are very experienced at plant identification who are very helpful at identifying the “mystery plants” we all occasionally come across in our gardens! (That’s a Goodyera oblongifolia, Rattlesnake Plantain or Giant Rattlesnake Orchid to the right!) [Photo: BR]