Two Rivers Heritage Museum Annual Plant Fairs

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 Street in Washougal on Saturday May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

 “Gardeners love our sales 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.’  “Because many of the plants come for local homes, you never know what you might find at the sale.  This year there will be rhubarb, lots of lavender and some beautiful deutzia.”

 Camas Lilies, which are difficult to find for purchase and take a long time to germinate, are a popular item available at these sales.  CWHS volunteers receive permission to dig the native flower on private property.  “They always sell out quickly,” warns Ladd.

 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.

 Work for the plant fair began in early March when volunteers began digging up and potting starts and extra plants from local yards.  They also worked to weed and care for pots of plants in the museum’s existing inventory.

 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 5 and all Camas/Washougal Historical Society members. Call 360-835-8742 for more information or to schedule group tours any day of the week.

“We hope these plant fairs help the community connect with our local heritage of beautiful gardens,” Ladd said.