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Saturday, 18 July 2015

 

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

(not a) garden 9: The Isle of Bev Wetland Restoration Project

This wetland restoration project is not a garden.  However, it will be of interest to owners of similar properties and fans of native plants.  Since 2011, Kelly Rupp and Bev Arnoldy have worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Kathleen Sayce to restore this former Willapa Bay cannery site to its original state, including planting many native plants and dredging out a culvert pond.  Kelly will lead visitors on a guided tour around the bay-view site, which provides an opportunity to get right down to the shore of Willapa Bay with a view to the north of the Port of Nahcotta.

Google Earth satellite view

Google Earth satellite view: the large pond or lagoon is the site

the "Isle of Bev"

the “Isle of Bev”

The two houses to the left are up on a ridge and while they overlook the site, they are not part of it. Years ago, in autumn of 2005, Allan and I were hired for one day to pull English ivy off the slope of this site.  At that time, there was a building next to the lagoon that was the remnant of an oyster canning operation.

Nancy and I pre-toured the site on July 3rd:

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looking east over the lagoon to Willapa Bay

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Part of the project has been to open the lagoon to the bay so that the tide can wash in and out.

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looking southeast

looking southeast

looking north over the lagoon

looking north over the lagoon

Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

looking north to the port of Nahcotta....with white oyster shell debris on the shore

looking north to the port of Nahcotta….with white oyster shell debris on the shore

Kelly Rupp at the site, July 3rd

Kelly Rupp at the site, July 3rd

You can see one of the overlooking houses up the ridge.

You can see one of the overlooking houses up the ridge.

tour day:

tour day

tour day

books about native plants

books about native plants

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, foreground, with Kelly talking about the project

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, foreground, with Kelly talking about the project (Allan’s photo)

Pam was surprised to find that this was the very site where some of her grasses had ended up.  Kelly had come to Seaside, Oregon to dig Calamogrostis nootkaensis from one of her planting areas.

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Kelly Rupp (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

 

north: the Port of Nahcotta

north: the Port of Nahcotta (Allan’s photo)

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houses overlooking the site

houses overlooking the site (Allan’s photo)

 

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It was so hot that I went back to wait at the van, on the shady entry road.  Allan discovered that the site held a field of sea beans, one of my favourite wild edible plants.

sea beans

sea beans

Allan says Kelly called them "sea asparagus".

Allan says Kelly called them “sea asparagus”.

They are crunchy, juicy, salty, and delicious.

They are crunchy, juicy, salty, and delicious.

This camera will record 10 years of growth.  (Allan's photo)

This camera will record 10 years of growth. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At a very high tide, the water will wash in and out.

At a very high tide, the water will wash in and out.

Our friends Ed and Jackson Strange had already toured the site.  They returned at 4 PM in hopes of seeing the tide come into the lagoon, but today’s tide was not high enough for that.

Ed and Jackson visit me at the van, where I had taken refuge from the heat.

Ed and Jackson visit me at the van, where I had taken refuge from the heat.

With the tour over, Allan I returned to Ilwaco, did some watering at the port, and later joined our garden touring friends for dinner at the Depot (already written about, here).  I found a note tucked under my front door that at first I found difficult to decipher due to the handwriting (about as hard to read as mine).  After dinner, I took another look at it and was able to discern the name and the sentence that there would be a garden tour tomorrow (Sunday, the 19th).  I realized that it was a garden I had adored and blogged about a couple of years before and that my planned Sunday of total relaxation was not to be because I simply must see it again.

 

 

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