Attendees to Meerkerk's Native Plant Class on March 12th were treated to a 3 hour lecture and tour of the gardens that both informed and inspired all that partook. One attendee remarked that the "gardens are looking so good this year!" Indeed, the staff and volunteers have been working all fall and winter on several areas that were in need of pruning, cleaning, and general TLC.
Master Gardener Don Lee provided the class with samples of conifers, flowering shrubs, and leaf samples for the participants to have a hands-on learning experience to differentiate the native plants that Whidbey Island naturally grows. As Don Lee says, "It's one thing to see a plant photo in a book, it is much more helpful to actually hold the plant and visually see the bark, leaves, and berries."