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What’s That Weed?

Invasive:  Mole Plant (Euphorbia lathyrus) Characteristics:  Mole plant—a.k.a. gopher spurge or caper spurge—is an erect biennial (occasionally annual) herb, native to the Mediterranean region and eastward to western China.  It can reach up to 1.5 meters in height, with a reddish-purple stem that becomes blue-green toward the top.  The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, […]

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Inside view of Melanie’s experience at Johnson Creek!

Saturday, February 1st, Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Speak Creek intern, Melanie, hosted “Oh Deer!” a bilingual event at Leach Botanical Garden. Read below about Melanie’s experience at Johnson Creek Watershed Council Speak Creek as a Russian language intern, and continue scrolling for pictures and the Russian text of this blog piece Melanie wrote as […]

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Black Celebration Month

“Consider celebrating this month by checking out community events that center black experiences, and supporting your local black owned businesses. “- Shared from Partners in Diversity News PDX Black-Owned Eateries above map is created by Support Black Owned Restaurants. The Mercury Guide to Black History Month Events: Free- $20 Free Black Celebration Month Events at Reed College Rather than […]

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What’s That Weed?

Invasive:  Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) Characteristics:  Scotch broom is a perennial member of the pea family (Fabaceae).  It is a deciduous shrub, 1-3 m (3 to 10 ft) tall, though its many slender, erect, angled branches remain dark green year-round. Its small (5-15 mm) leaves have three leaflets. Abundant small, yellow, pea-shaped flowers appear from […]

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Machetes, vegetation transects, blackberry grubbing, O my!

Starting September 2019, dedicated students from David Douglas High School have been engaging in hands-on environmental field trips at Leach Botanical Garden in partnership with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Friends of Leach Botanical Garden, Portland Parks & Recreation, and several others.  These students are part of a career […]

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