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The turn of the natives

Published on March 6, 2018 12:06PM

The native plants of Oregon’s northwest coast will be the subject of a hands-on program at Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, this Saturday, March 10.

In a talk entitled “Native Plants: Food Factories for Critters, Source of Life for Indigenous People,” Ginny Maffitt will explore the plants used by Pacific Northwest natives for clothing, food, medicines and housing.

Maffitt and her husband, John, have lived in Sherwood for 25 years. Gardening on an acre has made it easy to grow many native plants that are interconnected with the local flora and fauna.

Maffitt volunteers at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood and at the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Gaston. Since 1998, she has been the acting botanist there, collecting vouchers for both herbariums, as well as generating spreadsheets and digital photo records of all plant species found.

The presentation will begin at 1 pm at the museum, 2106 Second Street.

Following the presentation, guests are invited to an artist reception for Frances Stilwell, whose “Oregon’s Botanical Landscape” exhibit is currently on display at the museum.

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