On Saturday October 8th the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden is having a Community Open House Celebration for all from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This event is open to everyone and this particular Open House would be a good time for anyone who has not yet visited this community garden or participated in any events there to come by and check out the fun and free things to do there. Old friends, Garden workers and nature loving kids of all ages are invited to come and join the fun too.
The day will include activities and opportunities to go on tours of the Demo Garden; make a beautiful leaf print (which is fun for kids of all ages); play games about inhabitants of the Garden, like birds, frogs and squirrels; take a short special bird watching trip; check out displays and information about how to create a wildlife friendly yard; learn from short presentations about how to use binoculars, save frogs and amphibians , attract and find Pollinators and identify our own native plants and flowers. Native Plants from “Go Natives” will also be available for sale at this event. At 11:00am there will be a short ceremony and cake cutting with Edmonds leaders to celebrate Edmonds 6th year of certification as Wildlife Habitat Community by the National Wildlife Federation making Edmonds the 41st certified community in the nation to be certified for that many years.
The Demo Garden as it is known, was planned and developed in 2009 to encourage and help Edmonds residents support and maintain wildlife such as Birds, Bumble Bees, Frogs, Butterflies, Bats, Salmon and other wild creatures as Edmonds has continued to grow and become more urbanized. Wildlife friendly yards with native plants and natural wildlife corridors are important to Edmonds residents to maintain Edmonds unique quality of life. Many people have been involved in growing this garden since it started as seen in this photo from a 2009 work party that removed invasive plants and planted northwest native plants which now attract many birds and other wildlife and offer Edmonds residents the privilege of living in a certified wildlife habitat. Be sure to come by the Demo Garden on October 8th and learn how everyone can participate and benefit from living with wildlife. Remember we live in the Northwest and all events at the Demo Garden take place rain or shine.
The Demo Garden is located at the Willow Creek Hatchery on the NW corner of Edmonds Way and Pine Street. See www.pilchuclaudubon.org