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Botany in the Blues I

  • Reid Campus Center, Whitman College 280 Boyer Ave Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

In this first of two field workshops, co-sponsored by a grant from The Washington Native Plant Society, we will facilitate a more “close-up” look at the amazing native plant diversity of the Blue Mountains.  Participants will become familiar with the tools and resources needed to recognize and identify the flowers, other plants and lichens they will encounter while on their own future mountain ramblings.

We will visit a variety of wildflowers, shrubs and trees, and introduce some simple botanical terminology that will aid in identification.  We’ll discuss how plants occur in eco-regions and “communities,” some historical native plant uses, modern plant classifications, and much, much more. This time of year, the Camas meadows should be in full bloom. 

Our hosts our Emil “Ame” Doyle and Darcy Dauble with the Washington Native Plant Society. We will be visiting the property of Jeff Fredson and Cheryl Baker who are passionate advocates for our native plants, birds, wildlife and forests.  Jeff has sustainably managed his property on Weston Mountain, OR since 1992. 

For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Platman at or 509-525-3136. 


Your Hosts

Darcy Dauble, Washington Native Plant Society

Emil (Ame) Doyle, Washington Native Plant Society

Jeff Fredson and Cheryl Baker, Property owners

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Union-Bulletin.

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Suitability: Ages 16+, welcome.

Difficulty:  Involves walking up to 1.5 miles on relatively even terrain and standing for periods of time.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, rain jacket, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, lunch, refillable water bottle, camera, 10x hand lens, journal, and sense of adventure.

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