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Thursday, June 1, 2023
June 1, 2023

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Fort Vancouver event offers historical garden tips

By , Columbian staff writer

Dig into green thumb techniques dating back to the 19th century at a free Fort Vancouver Garden party from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

Friends of Fort Vancouver, an educational nonprofit, will have knowledgeable gardeners available to share their planting wisdom with the public, as well as sell seeds and botanical books. The event, at 1001 E. Fifth St., will have a boozy garden sectioned off for new and experienced growers alike — if they are older than 21.

The party celebrates the National Park Service’s 106th anniversary and nods to the organization’s volunteer gardeners, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Fort Vancouver Garden, a small-scale reconstruction of the fort’s original garden, showcases the produce and flowers that were grown by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1800s. Residents at the fort perfected the art of salting, pickling and drying goods from their gardens to prepare for grueling winters, which event attendees can learn more about at the celebration.

Although the event is free, a Public Lands pass will be required for on-site parking.

For more information, visit https://friendsfortvancouver.org/events.