The Buck Lake Native Plant Garden (BLNPG) first planted birch trees, vine maples and red flowering currants in January 2009. The planting and planning continued throughout the season. As a work in progress, each season brings something new to the garden.
Over the past two years the BLNPG Association prepared the site by grading it based on a planting plan, cleared and tilled the land. The irrigation system is installed. So after two years of planning, the site will now begin to show signs of development into, what is hoped to be, a destination garden highlighting plants native to the western region of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
The Garden is intended to serve educational programs (public and private school systems, Master Gardeners and the public) and provide a place for community members and the public to view the various species of plants of the Northwest.
The section by section plantings progress as the weather permits. The planting will likely extend over four years depending on resources – both monetary and availability of volunteer help.
The Association relies on donations from the community, grants (we need a grant writer to step up and volunteer), Master Gardener volunteers, and smiles and encouragement from the greater Hansville community.
More news from the Garden will periodically follow in the Hansville Log.
Roland Malan, President
Buck Lake Native Plant Garden Association