elsalawrence Elsa! how wonderful! can you tell me, us, first where you are studying Ecosystem Restoration Design? I am very keen to know.
I planted about 150 camas bulbs in a garden around the Family Resource Center here in Friday Harbor… not, alas, locally sourced plants but it was what we could do initially. They did very well in a very difficult situation. But I did spray with deer repellant.
The camas were planted within a very designed, contrived actually, native flowering “meadow”. I believe I posted the list of taxa here on one of the forums about sharing projects. The plants have mostly thrived. Any failures are due to my own delays in planting last autumn and the drenching rain.
I am hoping to one day invite some teachers and students to learn more about native plants and their uses. Sharon Massey from Spring Street School has brought her science students over and we hope for more of that in the coming year.
I am intrigued by your plan to increase biodiversity as that is ours as well: especially in this particular part of town which is fairly barren. I am also hoping to start to gather data about which insects we have now and how they might increase, same for birds and other small creatures and life forms. Without even trying to notice we see tremendous numbers of bees, wasps and flies all over the planting and making nests in the sand and gravel we mulched with. It is so encouraging.
We are planning to increase the garden area here and will be making disturbance sometime in the next couple of seasons.. so if you would like to be part of this I would be thrilled. Otherwise I am wondering about Sally’s Garden in Lopez Village. I was part of the original design/execute team (long ago) on that site and I can’t help but believe that a small camas meadow would be possible somewhere on that site in the village; native plants were the bulk of that design.. we did plant 3 Garry oaks there and they are huge now but perhaps the foot traffic is too great. Just an idea.
I have become acquainted with a landscape architect in Seattle who designed the new camas meadow at the brand new Burke Museum. I have been meaning to take a trip to see it and she has kindly offered to show me around. If things settle out sometime I wonder if we could make a field trip- some of us Camas Clubbers. It sounds like the installation has been quite successful and it has involved indigenous folks from the start and with the maintenance.
for now, Jenny