Historical Society Seeks Expertise To Preserve Heritage Plants

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Outside of the Tualatin Heritage Center. Photos courtesy of Al Stewart Photography.
Outside of the Tualatin Heritage Center. Photos courtesy of Al Stewart Photography.
Lafky Iris.
Lafky Iris.

Several Tualatin Historical Society’s artifacts are not in display cases or stored away for safekeeping, but grow today outside the heritage center. Still, there’s always a concern about loss and how to get more eyes on Tualatin’s heritage plants all around town. The Society is seeking knowledgeable gardeners interested in propagating and “sheltering in place” these legacies of Tualatin’s early families. 

Plants under consideration for adoption in home gardens or businesses are the Lafky Iris, Nyberg Snowdrops, Martinazzi Daffodils, Cimino Hops, JRC Thompson Hydrangeas and Itel Roses. Volunteers who know proper procedures for dividing and “fostering” starts, bulbs or tubers are desired. 

Hosts need to be willing to share historic information with neighbors and send photos of their success. Call 503-885-1926 if interested.  

JRC Thompson Hydrangeas.
JRC Thompson Hydrangeas.

Tualatin Heritage Center patio planters now contain only Oregon natives thanks to assistance from Bosky Dell Natives recognized as the local authority in this field. A small demonstration vegetable garden on the Center grounds this year features vegetables that will be shared with Tualatin School House Pantry.