NW America’s native plant garden
Onalaska Hood Canal Bellingham Woodinville
Above: 2 of ~7 native western chestnuts north of Oregon; we’ve killed all the others.
See a 5th Golden Chinquapin at I-5’s Exit 215 Bonhoeffer Gardens; admission is free.
Interested in ecology? God’s Garden (as visitors call it) hosts level paths, rainy-day kiosks, and the native flora that covered the land west of the Cascades 150 years ago.
Interested in life? Explore memorials for individuals and the millions sent to early deaths in the last 150 years for their beliefs, indifference, or because they were “different.”
Interested in history? View cabins built 150 years ago when the County Census listed 44 pioneers, all single men. Study signature work of our neighbor Pilchuck Glass School’s Artists (1972 – 2014). Stand over a scattered few of Dietrich’s Flossenburg ashes.
Why? As we become like Delaware where 1/2 its native plants have disappeared, we fail to appreciate the gift of Nature’s balance; when we ignore an area’s history, we fail to understand its repository of values and lessons learned; when we fail to contemplate life, we accept secular meaninglessness and the march to man-made extinction.
Visitors enter, by invitation, under WA State’s Recreational Use Statues: RCW 4.24.200 & .210 allowing public recreational use, including nature study and viewing of scenic or scientific sites on private land.
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