I’m coming up on a year in Oregon.
It’s so cool!
And I mean that literally. I love how I can bike 15 miles on a June morning and still show up at my destination looking like a human being. In case you were wondering, that doesn’t happen in Virginia.
Besides my daisy-like freshness, the difference in climate means different plants. I’ve seen things growing wild alongside trails that I’ve seen for sale in nurseries back east. None of the trees are familiar. Everything smells different, even. So, to educate myself, I visited the native plant demonstration garden at the McMinnville Public Library.
Are you a gardener interested in working with native plants in order to preserve the local ecology? Or perhaps just a curious hiker wondering just what that little pink flower is? Spend a little time at the garden skirting McMinnville Public Library, at 225 N.E. Adams St., McMinnville. Hand-drawn and hand-lettered signs explain which plants are where, plus other tidbits of information.
For example, if you’re considering natives for your own garden, you might like to know which are sun-loving perennials (Oregon sunshine, yarrow and Nelson’s sidalcea) or which will attract birds (blue and red elderberries).
Stroll up and look around. It doesn’t cost a thing. Plus, you’ll learn something.
There’s a native plants program at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month inside the library.
Plus, you can take a break from learning and sit on a lovely log bench donated by the McMinnville Women’s Garden Club. It’s a nice place to eat a sandwich.