Tualatin River Farm- Part One: Streamside Stewardship Program for Property Owners

Invitation to the farm-

FrOGS (Friends of Glencoe Swale) members were pleased by an invitation from Clean Water Services to participate in the Streamside Stewardship Program for Homeowners.

Folks who ordered plants were eligible because they-

  1. live within Clean Water Services’ service area;
  2. own land within 100 feet of a stream or wetland in the Tualatin River watershed;
  3. agree to remove any Non-Native Invasive Plants before planting; and
  4. will take before and after photos of the planting site.

Welcome to the farm-

Margaret Wagner, Water Resources Specialist, greeted us with a warm, friendly smile as she guided us to a cache of native plants.

Our group of plants awaited… tagged especially for Friends of Glencoe Swale.

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Only one problem… How to tell the species apart?

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Margaret quickly put our concerns to rest as she described attributes of the various trees, shrubs, or forbs.

Margaret Wagner chats with Henry Oberhelman and Ed Wilson about the various trees, shrub, and forbs in the collection.

With labels in hand, she attached identification tags to reduce confusion and help us keep varieties straight. A very helpful gesture. (Her skill identifying leafless plants is quite remarkable.)

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Once the plants were tagged, they were loaded into Henry’s garden trailer.

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A look around the farm-

Fascinating and impressive! A walk around the nursery area of the farm provided a condensed opportunity to observe a variety of native plants that will eventually enhance and restore the Tualatin River Watershed.

Plants for wet areas

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Plants for drier places

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Off we go-

An impressive lot hits the road and go on their way to homeowners along Glencoe Swale*:

*An information sheet for each variety is available by clicking on the plant name.

The Tualatin River Farm-Part Two: Part of a Cooling System

Read Tualatin River Farm- Part Two and discover how these plants fit in a master plan created to improve water quality in the Tualatin River watershed.

Click icon to find out about “cooling” of the Tualatin River Watershed-

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