Gardening

Community Organizer: Azalea Park Foundation Community Garden

In this episode of Community Organizer, Alyssa Babin, Secretary of the Azalea Park Foundation, sits down with Community Organizer and fellow Azalea Park Foundation Board Member Scott Clapson to talk about the new Azalea Park Community Garden.

Community GardenAlyssa and Scott, who are both community garden advocates, share information about the upcoming Volunteer Meeting for the Community Garden in Azalea Park and how they are passionate about including all members of our community in this project. They tell their personal stories about why this project is important to them. The Azalea Park Foundation hopes to begin building the garden in June of this year.

The Azalea Park Foundation Community Garden Volunteer Meeting is Tuesday, May 10th, at 6:00 PM in the large meeting room of the Chetco Community Library. You don’t have to attend the meeting to be a Community Garden volunteer. If you would like to participate, please call Community Garden Coordinator Scott Clapson at 541-254-1958, or email him at scottclapson@yahoo.com.

You can find the Azalea Park Foundation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/azaleaparkfoundation.

Host: Scott Clapson; Producer: Scott Clapson; Sound Editor: Peter Schreiber


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Our Community: Our Native Azaleas

The azalea plants in Brookings’ Azalea Park are in trouble. Over the years the environment in Azalea Park has become less hospitable to the park’s namesake azalea plants, and the plants are suffering. The Brookings Parks and Recreation Division has a plan to fix the problem that they are confident will assure that these wonderful Azalea Park flowers will thrive for decades to come.

Rhododendron Occidentale

Native Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale

In this segment of Our Community, host Candice Michel talks with Brookings’ Parks and Technical Services Supervisor Tony Baron and Curry County Master Gardener Coordinator Scott Thiemann about the state of our native azaleas and the upcoming efforts to rejuvenate them.

Host: Candice Michel, Producer: Candice Michel, Recording Tech: Justin Only, Sound Editor: Justin Only


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Community Organizer: Harvesting for Food Banks

Barb Cary, the Food Bank Garden Coordinator, talks with Scott Clapson, the Community Organizer, about the Food Bank demonstration garden and the new greenhouse they are building.

Food Bank Demonstration Garden Greenhouse

Food Bank Demonstration Garden Greenhouse

The Brookings Harbor Community Helpers Emergency Food Bank serves a growing portion of our population each year. This growth in clientele requires innovation and creativity. Started in 2013, this amazing garden at the Food Bank is a true community effort.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers. Next time you are planting vegetables, plant a row or two for the Food Bank.

The Community Helpers Emergency Food Bank is located at 539 Hemlock St. in Brooking, Oregon. Hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Our Community: The Incredible Monarch Butterfly

Do you love butterflies? Have you found yourself setting and watching while they fly from flower to flower?

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Candice Michel talks with Vicki Mion about the royalty of butterflies, the monarch butterfly, on this edition of Our Community.

Learn what makes the monarch special, their amazing multi-generational trans-continental migration, why their numbers are dwindling, and how you can help protect this magnificent species by turning your yard into a monarch way station.

Host: Candice Michel, Producer: Candice Michel


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Ewing’s Doings: Cliff Bennett of Chet’s Garden Center

Cliff Bennett and his wife Roxanne recently moved to Brookings to open their new business, Chet’s Garden Center, located at 301 Oak Street in Brookings.

Cliff Bennett

Cliff Bennett

Ewing’s Doings’ host Angela Ewing had the opportunity to talk with Cliff about their move from Grants Pass, their plans to serve the Brookings gardeners’ community, and to get some expert advice on local gardening.

Cliff is no stranger to owning and operating a garden center. His expertise is evident in the well-designed paths, plants, and unusual garden art from local artists. The nursery that was there formerly has been completely remodelled and is now a showpiece.

Listen to Cliff’s advice on the best way to fertilize your plants, natural weed and insect control, how to keep our friendly local deer from eating you garden, and how to grow roses in our damp climate … and more.


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