Native Plant Restoration and Species Recovery in Smith Park

By |2019-11-03T07:37:30-08:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Preservation|

On October 14th, 2019, Oak Harbor City Parks Board voted unanimously to begin the policy of deferred lawn mowing in Smith Park, a proposal put forth by Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society, in order to allow ecologically important native wildflowers to fully bloom and set seed. The practice of deferred mowing will allow the resurgence of [...]

Oaks Planted in Ridgeway, Lueck, Kimball, and Sumner Parks

By |2019-11-10T08:22:04-08:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Preservation|

Keeping the "Oak" in Oak Harbor Intrepid volunteers, 10 adults and two youngsters, got the planting job done in Lueck and Ridgeway Parks today in Oak Harbor! Our cheerful helpers planted and placed cage protection around new Garry oak tree seedlings despite the rain. In subsequent days, volunteers continued planting in Kimball Park and [...]

Acorn Harvest Time

By |2019-11-09T15:21:16-08:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Preservation|

Harvest time is upon us. Gratefully, we see the acorn harvest this year compared to last year has been especially plentiful! Our group has been busy collecting acorns and planting them in tall pots for future planting projects. Beyond acorns, we have also collected Garry oak twigs, pieces of bark, lichens and mosses, leaves, and selected [...]

Oaks Planted at Freund Marsh

By |2019-11-09T15:22:10-08:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Preservation|

Recently eight Garry oak seedlings were planted along the trail at Freund Marsh by the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society, City of Oak Harbor Parks, and Miss Oak Harbor Royalty members including Teen Miss Oak Harbor Emily Evans, Teen Second Princess Savanneh Dahl, and Miss Second Princess Autumn Coker. This project celebrated Arbor Day 2018 with the help [...]

Updates Planned for Garry Oak Protection Code

By |2019-12-14T18:19:50-08:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Preservation|

As the City of Oak Harbor Planning Department drafts potential changes to the Garry Oak Protection code, the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society respectfully urges the city to save the oaks by closing the ivy loophole. This Garry oak in Illwaco Alley was removed after it was found to be dead, seen here after being [...]

Windjammer Park Design to Include Many Garry Oaks

By |2019-12-14T18:18:32-08:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Preservation|

Earlier this month, the City of Oak Harbor revealed their final design plans for a revitalized Windjammer Park. We are excited to announce Windjammer will include 27 sizable Garry oak saplings to be planted throughout the park in excellent locations. Additionally, at a later date the Garry Oak Society will donate and plant a number of [...]

Oak Harbor Post Office Native Plant Garden Thrives Again

By |2019-12-14T18:19:34-08:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Education, Preservation|

At the Oak Harbor Post Office Native Plant Garden, located at the corner of Barrington Dr. and City Beach St, many species of native plants are displayed alongside the giant stump of the 330 year old Post Office Oak. Over 40 new plant identification signs can now be found to aid in exploring the garden. Plants, [...]

Smith Park – Better Than Ever!

By |2019-12-14T18:19:28-08:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Preservation|

What a day for the Garry oaks in Oak Harbor! City staff officially cut the ribbon on a stunning new interpretive display and park name sign for Smith Park, and, along with Garry Oak Society volunteers, planted three new Garry oaks in honor of community members who served on the Oak Harbor Parks Board. Both the [...]

Handcrafted Garry Oak Items for Sale

By |2019-12-14T18:20:13-08:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Preservation|

Please stop by the Garry Oak Gallery in downtown Oak Harbor to see our Society's handcrafted Garry oak items for sale including ornaments, bowls, kitchen utensils, salt/pepper shakers, coasters, and more! Created by volunteer artisans from sustainably collected  Garry oak, you're sure to find a unique piece that has to come home with you! All of [...]

The Joy of Spring and Native Plants!

By |2019-12-14T18:20:43-08:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Preservation|

Ahhh! There are abundant signs of Spring around us at last! We look forward to seeing the lovely flowering wildflowers and native flowering shrubs associated with Garry oak ecosystems. We have been busy spreading mulch at the newly adopted Native Plant Garden in Oak Harbor. Planted by Melissa Duffy and members of Harbor Pride in the [...]