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Century Garden Day was a great success thanks to volunteers, donors

by: MIKE WATTERS - Participants at Century Garden Day gather around the Anne McLean Rose Garden sign.

The Century Garden Day (April 27) at McLean House went extremely well. Thanks to a variety of volunteers and assistance from businesses. Throughout out the day we had more than 300 visitors, neighbors and friends join the festivities.

Home Depot in Oregon City gave potting soil and seeds for the Kids Corner conducted by Cheryl and John Borden, neighbors and our garden advisers. Kids walked away with their own starter garden to plant at home. Market of Choice provide vegetable soup served by Friends of McLean House along with variety of French bread and butter from Beth Smolens, Willamette Neighborhood Association, who also provide a new pink dogwood tree for the park, and Bullseye Coffee's Linda Nease who contributed a container of coffee.

At 1 p.m., after songs from Jerry Herrmann and the Tone Setters, some 15 Portland Royal Rosarians in full white uniforms offered a rose planting ceremony presided over by Rosarian Prime Minister Gayle Whitehurst of West Linn who presented two roses plants to honoree Mayor John Kovash for the West Linn's centennial and Mrs. June McLean in honor of the Dr. Ed McLean family. Mrs. McLean and her great-granddaughter, Lesley, also uncovered a new cedar sign dedicated to the wife of Dr. McLean: Anne McLean’s Rose Garden. The mayor gave special thanks to the centennial committee for its work. City council members Jody Carson, Jenni Tan and Thomas Frank also gave acknowledgement to the special occasion. Jenni Tan assisted with planting of the Willamette Neighborhood Association contribution of the new dogwood tree.

A special thanks goes to volunteers Betsy Bensen, who coordinated the six local garden artists, Lorie Griffith, for bringing in OSU extension services with Master Gardeners and the food preservation and canning booth, Margueritte Kosovich from the End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Garden with heritage seeds and old photos, Roger Shepherd and Jan Engler from the West Linn Centennial Committee, Lory Duralia from Bosky Dell for native plants, Jerry Herrmann for presenting early gardening stories of the century and West Linn Parks and Recreation for popcorn maker and the speaking system. Chris Jones, a new member of the Friends of McLean, greatly assisted with decorations, volunteer foods and bringing Emma and Lisa Jacobs' goats representing the 4-H club.

The living history tours from Willamette neighborhood dressed and took pictures of people dressed in old-fashioned costumes was super successful.

The overall efforts of the Friends of McLean Park and House Patti and Dave Eldridge, Lonny Jochim, Andy Esterline, Alison Benski, Kevin Pike, Pati Presnail, John Weinerman, and Mike and Peg Watters all worked to provide a Century Garden Day for West Linn.

Mike Watters is a West Linn resident.




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