Notable Oaks of Oak Harbor Walking Tour April 21

Saturday, April 21st 2018

10AM – 12PM

Featuring the Post Office Demonstration Native Plant Garden and Smith Park Oak Grove

Meet At: Oak Harbor Post Office parking lot at 10:00 AM
Naturalist Educator Melissa Duffy and Local Historian Scott Hornung will lead a tour of some of Oak Harbor’s noteworthy Garry oaks and plants found in Garry oak ecosystems. We will start at the Post Office native plant demonstration garden and on this walking tour also learn some of the local history and lore related to the oaks. The tour will end at the old growth Smith Park oak grove, a stunning oak arboretum in the heart of Old Town Oak Harbor.

If weather permits you’re invited to stick around and enjoy a sack lunch together at the park. Melissa will share about the natural history of Garry oaks, including indigenous uses, as well as discuss the Garry Oak Society’s work locally in oak restoration and conservation.

Directions: We’ll meet at the Oak Harbor post office at 10:00 am and later walk the two blocks to Smith Park. Those who have mobility issues can meet at Post Office and then drive to Smith park to enjoy it there.

What to bring: Wear appropriate footwear for the weather and varied terrain along the route, bring rain gear if necessary, water and a sack lunch (optional). If it is not too cold/windy/rainy we will conclude the walk with an optional picnic lunch at Smith Park, otherwise an indoor lunch/coffee at Whidbey Coffee on Pioneer Way.

No RSVP is required for this event. It’s going to be a real treat!

One Response to “Notable Oaks of Oak Harbor Walking Tour April 21”

  1. Denise G Frickey June 4, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    Hi, I have a friend who is a Whidbey native, and a discussion of trees led me to research what grows there, and to your Garry Oaks preservation efforts. It made me think of the efforts to preserve the majestic Live Oaks in Mississippi and Louisiana. I haven’t read all of your material, but thought I would offer a suggestion. Live Oaks over 250 yrs are certified by Master Gardeners, Arborists, and others approved by the state. It is then documented and registered, and for a fee you can name it and receive a small brass plaque to be placed on the tree. It is illegal to damage or remove them. You can’t even prune one without special permission and a permit. It’s done wonders for the protection of the giants here. Might be a good idea there, too. Good luck.

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