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Updates Planned for Garry Oak Protection Code

By |2018-02-20T01:41:16-08:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 |2018-02-20T01:36:48-08:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Taking Flight Among Oak Harbor’s Garry Oaks

By |2018-01-12T01:34:13-08:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

A Drone Video by Scott Storer Garry Oaks video project from Scott Storer on Vimeo. "This is a project I have compiled over the past year which will be added to over time. The project as a whole was brought up as an idea for getting ideal footage of the native Garry Oaks that grow in [...]

Grant from Island Thrift

By |2018-01-12T01:31:54-08:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Island Thrift generously awarded the society a grant to purchase oak related school books for children, pots for our tree nurseries, supplies to care for trees, and more. Please consider supporting them with your donations and patronage so they may continue supporting community groups like us. A warm Whidbey thank you to Island Thrift.

Oak Harbor Post Office Native Plant Garden Thrives Again

By |2017-12-20T02:07:43-08:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 |2017-12-07T03:38:56-08:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Acorns

By |2017-11-03T22:59:25-07:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Normally acorns would be dropping all over the Old Town area of Oak Harbor by now, but it seems this year the acorn harvest is in very short supply. The same acorn shortage is true for SE Vancouver Island and San Juan Island's Garry oaks. We believe the scant acorn production is due to the summer [...]

Garry Oak Revival and Oak Harbor Music Festival!

By |2017-08-27T22:33:54-07:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Oak Harbor is experiencing a Garry oak revival! It's a new day for Garry oaks in the greater Oak Harbor area as they come to the forefront of our appreciation recently in two important ways! First, there is a brand-new piece of art in Oak Harbor, titled "Autumn Leaves". It is placed prominently on Highway 20 [...]

Handcrafted Garry Oak Items for Sale

By |2017-07-23T04:56:07-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Celebrating Summer in Smith Park

By |2017-07-19T03:16:02-07:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

In early July the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society gathered together under the mighty oaks in Smith Park to celebrate summer and and our city's namesake tree. There were many delightful potluck dishes shared over lively dinner conversation. Members displayed Garry oak art, historic photos, and woodworking . Several short readings rounded out a lovely evening [...]