Yearly, Ashland Garden Club members donated flowers from their personal gardens to create numerous table arrangements for the Ashland Lions Club annual Feast of Will dinner in Lithia Park. Members of Ashland Garden Club include (many) master gardeners, a state flower judge, retire florists, professional landscapers, and people who just love flowers and plants!
October 19th 2017 10:19 a.m.
Oregonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Oregon ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. Learn tips on how to get 2 Weeks Ready and craft your own emergency kits here. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America’s PrepareAthon!
October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week. Everyone needs to have an escape plan – Every second counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!
• Practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
946 B Street
Lisa and Marc Blackburn purchased the charming house at 946 B Street almost three years ago. Two years ago, they started re-landscaping with help from Jane Hardgrove and Juan Meraz of Bearclaw Landscape Services. Now their garden is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for June 2017.
Lisa Blackburn’s instructions to designer Hardgrove were that she wanted a whimsical, fairy-tale garden that did not feature the usual deer-resistant plants such as rosemary, heather, and lavender. The result is a charming, inviting space with lots of texture and color. A water feature provides pleasant sound. Marc does almost all the maintenance, averaging ten hours a week in the garden and has started getting creative on his own, adding or replacing plants as necessary. He uses a deer-repellant on some plants.
This is a relatively small space shaded in front by ash trees and on the side by a giant cedar. Hardgrove added Japanese maples for color and texture. Among the many plants are hellebore, Japanese anemone, brunnera, choisya, bleeding heart, digiplexis, columbine, hostas, peonies, pieris, black-eyed Susan, salvia, Japanese fuchsia, and goldmound spirea. Golden creeping jenny and stands of ornamental grass (called orange sedge but bronze in color) fill in and provide balance. Private spaces on the side and in back feature azaleas as well as daphne for fragrance, among many other choices.
Stroll by 946 B Street for a treat for sight, sound, and aroma. If you come in the morning, you may find Marc at work in the garden.
Article by: Ruth Sloan
Ashland Garden Club is providing support though donations to the Rogue River Watershed Council, whose goals are to improve water quality by restoring in-stream habitats, rehabilitating stream sides and create healthy watersheds throughout the Rogue River Basin.
You can help, too.
Volunteers are always needed!