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Posted on: May 5, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Volunteers Sought for Azalea Rejuvenation Work Party

Brookings area residents can participate in improving the condition of the native Western Azaleas (Rhododendron occidentale) at Azalea Park by joining a work party on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 am until 4 pm, City of Brookings Parks and Planning Manager Tony Baron announced today.

City is seeking volunteers to assist in an effort to refresh the native azaleas by removing invasive vegetation around the base of the century-old plants prior to the 78th Annual Azalea Festival occurring over the Memorial Day weekend. The upcoming work party will be the fifth volunteer effort since the Native Azalea Rejuvenation Program began in September of 2015. The project is aimed at public education and outreach regarding the health and care of the azaleas.

The program is a result of a visit to Azalea Park by Western Azalea expert Dick “Red” Cavender who evaluated the condition of the native azaleas and made recommendations on how to improve their deteriorating condition.  Cavender presented his findings at a public workshop hosted by the City of Brookings Parks and Recreation Commission in March 2015.

Previous work parties took place on September 16th, 22nd and 28th of 2015 and May 4th, 2016. The work parties were a collaborative effort between the Curry County Master Gardeners (including then-Parks and Recreation Commissioner and current City Councilor Dennis Triglia) and the City of Brookings. Councilor Triglia notes that “the overwhelming majority of these historic Western Azaleas have responded well to the invasive vegetation removal and pruning since the work parties with new, encouraging, vigorous growth.  I am delighted that our community comes together in times of need so that future generations will be able to enjoy these beautiful plants which give Azalea Park its name.”

Volunteers were invited to come to the park, participate in a short training then perform the work on the azaleas. 

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