Back in the Saddle!

You may have noticed it’s been months since a post has appeared on this blog.  Spring flew by and nature doesn’t stop for anyone!  Well, not to worry.  I think things will be picking back up.

Right now my strawberries are finishing their season, blueberries are starting to ripen, and raspberries are full on.  I’ve been making delicious fruit smoothies with spinach or kale from the garden.  I add a couple tablespoons of almond butter, a splash of chocolate almond milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Simple and healthy!

The hummingbirds have been busy, too.  I’ve seen young ones awkwardly drinking from my Fuchsia gartenmeister.  This is one annual that I plant every year along with begonias and lime green Selaginella spikemosses to set off the color.  Put it in front of a window and watch hummingbird t.v.!

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Check out this news article!

A friend told me about this article on how plants communicate with each other. It’s fascinating! Enjoy.

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Lavender Festival

Now that the rains have decided to take a break and the sun is out, many of us are spending more time outside.  If you’re looking for something to do, a great opportunity is in Yamhill, OR at the Lavender Festival!


Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Beulah Park, Yamhill, OR
Street: Corner of Hemlock St. and 3rd St.

City/Town: Yamhill, OR
Link: Yamhill Lavender Festival

Visit the Yamhill Lavender
Festival featuring live music, art, exceptional handmade crafts, live
plants and lavender in myriad forms!

Spend a lazy summer day in
Yamhill’s Beulah Park while you feast on lavender-inspired cuisine along
with a glass of local beer or, wine. Wander among juried artisans’
booths … sit in the shade of the oak trees … learn to make lavender
crafts. Home of the Oregon Lavender Plein Air Art Show and Sale, the
Yamhill Lavender Festival offers paintings created by artists from
around the Northwest who paint the blooming lavender fields for two
weeks prior to the Festival.

This cooperative event brings local
lavender growers and community volunteers together. Discover lavender
products, fresh cut lavender for purchase, essential oil distillation
demonstrations and lavender growing advice from experts.

is free. Canned food donations for our “Help Our Neighbors” food drive

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Corona Clippers Donates Tools

Corona Clippers has a branch called Corona Cares, which has donated many wonderful tools to Wellness by Nature’s Design.  Seniors at Garden Clubs have been using these tools to plant and maintain gardens, and we give feedback to Corona about how well they work as adaptive tools or how they can be improved to be used as adaptive tools.  Many thanks to Corona for this opportunity!

Here is a link to Corona Cares on Facebook:

Also, take a peek at Corona’s catalog:

Photos have been added to the Senior Garden Clubs photo album.

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8th Annual Community Wellness Fair

For those of you who keep an eye on the calendar, you saw that the 8th Annual Community Wellness Fair was held at
Holladay Park Plaza on Friday, April 16, 2010 from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  I was stationed at the booth for Wellness By
Nature’s Design, and spoke to people about adaptive gardening.  I also ran two demonstrations on planting containers – one with herbs for sun
and another with shade perennials.  One lucky attendee won the herb
container as a drawing prize!  Below are some photos from the event.

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Featured in Wall Street Journal

One of my sessions was featured in the Wall Street Journal on April 6, 2010.  This article showcased horticultural therapy used as treatment in health care settings.  It was only scheduled to be available online for a week, but here is a link to a copy of it for those of you who missed it:

WSJ Article 4.6.10.doc

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Tara Hicks, HTR

Tara Hicks is officially a Registered Horticultural Therapist as of March 29, 2010.  Thank you to Teresia Hazen, Legacy Health System, AHTA, and other support in this endeavor!

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