Here's what's new:
Upcoming Public Programs & Events:
* Monday, Sept 20th, 7PM to 9PM. Native Plants for Pollinators -- Research from the OSU Garden Ecology Lab. Presented by Gail Langellotto, professor of horticulture at OSU. Native plant gardening has been ranked as one of the top three landscape and garden trends over the past few years, in part because of the benefits that they offer to pollinators. However, native plants are not widely planted by home gardeners, and only limited selections can be found at many retail nurseries. This talk will share research conducted by the OSU Garden Ecology Lab for the past four years that has addressed the following questions:
- Which Willamette Valley native plants are most attractive to pollinators?
- Why aren't native plants more broadly available for purchase?
- What native plants are most attractive (according to Oregon gardeners), and which native plant traits gave gardeners concern?
- Are native cultivars a good approach to some of the problems associated with the production and sale of native plants?
- Do pollinators visit native cultivars as much as they do native plants?
- Finally, we will end with our recommendations for native plants that western Oregon gardeners should plant, if they want to support Oregon's pollinators.
The Zoom link for the meeting is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87413988914.
Upcoming Field Trips:
* Sunday, October 10th, 2PM to 4PM. The Trees on the University of Oregon Campus. Led by Whitey Lueck. When visiting the tree-filled campus of the University of Oregon these days, it’s hard to believe that in 1876—the year the university was founded—the university’s first building was surrounded by a treeless expanse. In this two-hour tour, we’ll visit some of the most impressive trees in the campus’s collection, including trees native to this area, as well as species from every other continent where trees grow. Meet by the Pioneer Mother Statue base (the actual statue has been removed) in the quad between Johnson and Gerlinger halls on central campus (west of the EMU). We are limiting the trip to nine participants and we ask that you please wear a mask for this tour to comply with state mandates. Sign up here.
*PLEASE NOTE* - You can watch Emerald Chapter's recent program on how to use the iNaturalist app here. You can also view other previously recorded NPSO Emerald Chapter Programs here.