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Gates receives $250 gift for tree plantings

The City of Gates has received a gift of $250 to purchase plants to help beautify the town.

The certificates were presented at the May 16 meeting of the Gates City Council by Diane Hyde of the Canyon Garden Club.

The $250 in certificates will be used for planting fire-resistant trees, shrubs and ground cover on city property. The certificates are a gift from the Oregon Council of Garden Club’s Promise Trees Project. Garden clubs across the nation have been fundraising for the project since 2020.

Oregon garden clubs have raised more than $37,000 and also are presenting $50 certificates to people who have rebuilt homes after wildfires. Hyde is the Beachie Creek Fire representative for the Promise Trees Project. Santiam Canyon residents who have rebuilt their homes can call or text Hyde at 503-859-2517 or email [email protected] to request a certificate. Certificates can be redeemed at participating nurseries through 2027, or for as long as there is money in the fund.

More information, including links to the participating nursery list and Oregon State University Extension’s publication on fire-resistant plants, can be found at https://oregongardenclubs.org/promise-tree-project. The Canyon Garden Club meets at Santiam Community Gardens, 846 5th St., Lyons, at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be June 12.

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