Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens, with perfectly level paths and secondary school teaching kiosks, contain the native flora that covered the land west of the Cascades 150 years ago. This is northwest America’s native plant garden. Visit anytime; there is no admittance fee.
Interested in ecology? Native plant types include 22 conifers, 36 broadleaved trees, 48 shrubs, plus vines, ferns, grasses and pond plants. With annuals, the Gardens contain over 1,000 targeted species of plants once commonly found in the Northwest.
Interested in history? View cabins built 150 years ago when the County Census lists 44 pioneers, all single men. Study signature work of our neighbor Glass School’s Artists (1972 – 2014). Stand over a scattered few of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Flossenburg ashes. I-5’s Exit 215 campus tells 3-dimensional stories that best textbook prose.
Interested in life? Explore memorials for individuals and the millions in these 150 years sent to early deaths for their beliefs, indifference, or because they were “different.”
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 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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