Come and explore a variety of garden styles while learning how to create pollinator habitat in your own yard. To see photos and descriptions of all 13 gardens, check out the Backyard Tour Guide, then print a map. Or, pick up a map at Whole Foods at NE 15th and Fremont or the Backyard Bird Shop on NE 14th and Fremont. Other options: email tour coordinator Diane Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by 3926 NE 11th and take a map from the poetry box in front of the house.
The Bee Jamboree is an opportunity for people to learn about how to create bee-friendly habitat in their own yards. This years event, held in front of Whole Foods on June 29, drew several hundred people who stopped on their way into or out of the store. Some visitors had questions about the recent bumblebee die off and others wanted to know what kinds of flowers to plant. The kids enjoyed looking at bee specimens with a magnifying glass, and coloring pictures of bees and flowers. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning in June!
Bring the kids to meet bee experts Tim Wessels and Mace Vaughn at Whole Foods (NE 15th and Fremont) on Saturday, June 29 from 10:00 to 2:00. Tim will bring his bee-keeping equipment and Mace will bring his cases of bee specimens - dozens of bees of all types, from very tiny native bees to giant bumble bees. We'll also have samples of some of the best bee-friendly flowers for urban gardens. Hope to see you there!
More memories from former Sabin resident Mel Cook:
During the Great Depression, my grandfather, Henry Koch, lived at 3963 Northeast 14th Avenue. He would leave early in the morning and walk to the Wonder Bread Retail Outlet to purchase day-old bread and pastries. If he was late getting there, the shelves would be bare. Because of the reduced prices, that Retail Outlet was a Godsend to many people in the Albina District.
As a child, I lived directly across the street from the Wonder Bread Bakery, at 101 North Fremont Street, between Williams and Vancouver Avenues. I can remember being allowed to wander through that bakery and talk to the workers at the dough-mixing, baking oven, and packaging stations. Those men were very proud of their work and were more than willing to take the time to explain what was happening at each station. Can you imagine that freedom of entry and communication taking place today?
This story is condensed from a longer version written by Mel Cook and published on Steve Schreiber's volgagermans.net website.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech
Sabin resident (and Pollinator Program Director at Xerces) Mace Vaughan is teaching a class at Portland Nursery on what home gardeners can do to help preserve native pollinators. Discussion will include suggested plants that provide abundant nectar and pollen, how to create nest sites, and gardening techniques that support pollinator health.
The class will be held at the Division Street store (9000 SE Division) on Sunday, June 16 from 1:00 to 2:30.
To register for the class, click here. If you get a message saying "no longer receiving submissions," that means the class is full. So, register soon to reserve your spot!
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