Garden Tour: AGC members visited the Ashland Creek Ponds Monday June 1st, where teacher Mia Driscoll of Helman School lead a tour of the area. Helman School has been a recipient of Club donations for the Ashland Ponds Project for several years. Ashland Pond is hidden away on north side of Ashland in Quiet Village. This pond was re-discovered in 2008, but it was severely overgrown with invasive species. An ongoing community effort began to restore the pond to a natural riparian habitat. Ashland students, Lomakatsi Restoration, Bear Creek Watershed, the City of Ashland, along with many volunteers and community organizations worked to clear 12 acres of invasive plants and replant native trees and vegetation. All this effort created a wonderful place to stroll, bird watch and be in nature. The Ashland Creek Pond is a secret garden in the city. The area is used as an outdoor learning experience for Ashland students and last year AGC made a donation for binoculars so students could observe nature closely. The Ashland Creek Pond is open to the public.
Check out Heirloom Garden
We enjoyed reading John Darling’s Feb. 2 [Daily Tidings] story about the soon-to-open Ashland Creek Park and his mention of the many other Ashland parks adopted by other community organizations and individuals. I’d like to add one other community garden to that list, which is the Heirloom Garden at North Mountain Park.
Inspired by gardens from the late 1800s, this particular garden was largely designed by Ashland Garden Club members in the late 1990s, and is solely maintained year-round by our members. According to Linda Chesney, Stewardship Coordinator at North Mountain Park, “The Heirloom Garden is really the front door of the entire park as its entrance is right on the Mountain Avenue entrance.”
Like other service organizations, AGC serves our community in other ways, including but not limited to the following:
- At club meetings from October to May, we offer free programs open to the public about various aspects of gardening.
- We fund both a high school and SOU scholarship (with money raised from our annual plant sale in May).
- We do all floral arrangements for the annual Feast of Will (with all flowers donated by club members from their gardens).
- We participate in gardening and environmental programs at the regional, state and national levels.
Anyone wanting more information can check out our website at www.ashlandorgardenclub.org. And we’re always looking for new members!
Susan Zane, President
Ashland Garden Club
Published in the Daily Tidings 2/10/2015
Thank you Ashland Garden Club
“Thank you so much for your generous donation to Helman School!!!”
“We have been using the binoculars down at the Pond. They are highly effective and very user friendly. Attached are some pictures of students using the binoculars to view birds in the bird houses that kindergarteners and 5th graders constructed together. The bird houses were donated by the Siskiyou District Garden Club.
When classes went down to the Ashland Pond for our spring field trips the students were thrilled to see their bird houses hung on native trees.
The trees are still waiting for the tree plaques, as we are constructing the wooden mounts. We look forward to mounting those in the fall.
Thank you again for helping us grow our Pond Project. We feel extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful community that supports the experiential learning that occurs in an outdoor classroom.” Tia McLean
The rain put a “damper” on our annual plant sale, but members and community members alike braved the rain to come out to buy plants and flowers. Sales were not as strong as they were in the past two years, but the Club managed to make enough to fund our SOU scholarship! Thank you to all those who participated.