KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A tour of native plant gardens at the Klamath County Museum will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22.
The free event is cosponsored by the museum and the Klamath Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon in recognition of Native Plant Appreciation Week, which runs April 22-28.
“We have several types of wildflowers starting to show some color at this time of year,” said Todd Kepple, manager of the Klamath County Museum. “These are plants naturally adapted to our cold spring weather, and so frequent frosts don’t seem to bother them a bit.”
Wildflowers that are in bloom at the museum this week include purple-eyed grass, sagebrush buttercup and spreading phlox.
Many of the Klamath Basin’s most common trees and shrubs are growing at the museum, including Oregon white oak, incense-cedar and white fir. Less-common trees include western redcedar, bigleaf maple, vine maple, Pacific yew, and Oregon ash.
The museum’s gardens include more than 150 species of native plants found in the Klamath Basin.
The museum will provide a “Top 10” list of native plants that are easy to obtain, grow well in a garden, and provide pleasing flowers or foliage. Sources of native plants for the garden will be discussed, as well as methods for successful transplanting.
A sale of native plants will be offered May 19 at the museum. Another tour of the native plant gardens will be offered June 2, when more flowers are in bloom.
For more information contact the Klamath County Museum at (541) 882-1000.
Press release provided from the Klamath County Museum.