February Briefs

February 2019 Posted in Other

Conservation district holds native plant sale

The 17th annual Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale and Scholarship Fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bauman’s Farm and Garden, 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais.

Profits from the sale fund the Stan Vistica Memorial Scholarship which is awarded yearly to two students from Marion County who are studying natural resources or agriculture at an Oregon college or university.

There will be no pre-orders. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted. There will be no limit on the number of plants that can be purchased. Over 70 species of native plants will be available. For information or to see a full list of available plants and their prices visit, www.marionswcd.net/nps19.

OSU Extension will also be offering free nitrate screenings for well water from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Bring ½ cup of untreated well water in a clean, water-tight container. The testing will be
done on-site.

Using native plants in your landscape helps support and enhance local environments and habitat for wildlife, birds and pollinators. Native plants are a great benefit to any landscape because they require minimal or no water once they are established, they rarely require additional fertilizers or pesticides, they increase the biodiversity of an area and they are beautiful.

The mission of the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District is: to protect, conserve and improve the quality of soil and water in Marion County through planning, technical assistance and education.

Home Is Where The Art Is opens at Lunaria

For March, the main floor of Lunaria Gallery presents an exhibit of juried work by area artists, all of whom created a thematic piece for Home Is Where the Art Is. In the upstairs Loft exhibit,  A to Z:  A Little Celebration of Typography, Color & Words features a collection of artworks by Maude Anne May. Her work involves the use of mixed media, stitchery, and collage.  Both shows will be on display Feb. 27 – April 1,  during regular business hours and at the First Friday artists’ reception March 1, 7-9 p.m.

Home Is Where the Heart Is was drawn from Willamette Valley artists.
Each has created personal imagery about home in a wide variety of mediums.
Oil painting, graphite drawing, ceramics,  gouache, and mixed media are among the mediums used. A to Z:  A Little Celebration of Typography, Color, & Form, celebrates color, type, and words. May has amassed fiber, papers,
ribbons, ephemera, fabric, and photographs. With beeswax and Demar resin, she layers elements together. Lunaria, 113 N Water St., Silverton, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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