By Dixie Harris, Adriana Hess Committee Volunteer
We wanted to let you know the results of our 1st annual “Spring in the Northwest at Adriana Hess Wetland Park”. The park was in beautiful bloom and the birds were singing.
The event was made possible with the help of several dedicated volunteers. This reaffirms that even though we have a small park committee volunteers step up when they are needed. We had our information desk and Tahoma Audubon bookstore open while our other volunteers were giving guided tours throughout the park and answering questions about our native plant life and the wildlife it attracts to the park. A big thanks also to Tahoma Audubon for their wonderful display at the Envirofair supporting the “Green Up” initiative in University Place along with the Spring Flower and Plant Show at Homestead Park who sold native plants.
We were able to provide 85 native plants to those that attended our open house. This encourages people to support the general concept of choosing the right plants for our conservation efforts and wildlife. A big thank you goes to those that made donations to the park. We will continue to reinvest in the park providing even more visible sights of environmental stewardship of the land.
We were able to distribute educational materials from the Thelma Gilmur education shelter to the general public. This promotes educational opportunities that we otherwise may not be in contact with regularly. A big thank you goes to Nell Batker for providing the written history of the park plantings and lists of (89) native trees and (578) native shrubs that have been planted over the last 12 years. She is currently working on the list of native plants on the site and we should be releasing this in the very near future.
A special thank you goes to Thelma Gilmur who was able to attend and answer many questions for us. Her vision and upkeep for the park is of the highest standards which we as volunteers are trying our best to maintain as she is no longer able to visit us on a daily basis. We hope that many of you will find time in your daily life to come visit us and hopefully volunteer.
We have something going on at the park almost daily so stop by. You can refer to the Tahoma Audubon Towhee publication for a list of the ongoings of the park. We hope to see you soon.
Be sure to keep the following two annual events on your calendar.
“Fall Native Plant Sale at Adriana Hess” October 2011
Our annual plant sale the weekend after Make a Difference Day
“Spring in the Northwest at Adriana Hess” April 2012
Our annual open house the weekend after Park Appreciation Day