Camas Lilies at Washougal Plant Fair

Classic plants that thrive in local gardens and yards will be featured at the Annual Plant Fairs sponsored by the Camas-Washougal Historical Society.  The events will be held at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum (1 Durgan St. in Washougal) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. “Our sales are a favorite among gardeners because the plants we offer are native to our area, and come from local homes and nurseries,” said Alma Ladd, Plant Fair organizer and museum “plant lady.”

Camas lilies, which are difficult to find for purchase and take a long time to germinate, are a popular item available at these sales. Volunteers receive permission to dig the native flower on private property. Pots with three plants in each will be sold for $6 each. “They will go fast,” warns Ladd. The fair will also feature Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) and hybridized irises from the garden of the late Lorraine Croswell. Other perennial plants for sale at the fair will include peonies, calla lilies, strawberries, raspberries, hellebores, hosta lilies, lilac and a few small trees and more.

Funds from the sale will help the work of the Camas-Washougal Historical Society to preserve and make available historical information that tells the story of the history and development of the area. The museum regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students, and free for children under five, and all Camas/ Washougal Historical Society members. Call 360-835-8742 for more information or to schedule group tours any day of the week.

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