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What's Going On at CHG?

What Is Going On?


If you have visited Connie Hansen Garden recently, you may have noticed colored tags hanging from a number of our larger shrubs. Naturally visitors are asking the purpose of the tags. A bit of explanation is in order. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has been monitoring the spread of a fungal plant pathogen, Phytopthora ramorum, aka “Sudden Oak Death” for many years, since it first appeared along the coast of southern Oregon and northern California. This pathogen has now been found in our area, and consequently testing has been done to determine the locations where it is now active. This pathogen is particularly active on rhododendrons and some other coastal plants.


The colored tags indicate plants that have been sampled and are being tested. Some have been found to be infected, indicating that further testing and action to discourage the spread need to be taken. The exact areas of infection will be mapped and necessary steps taken to treat them.


We have been asked to prevent foot traffic in planted and wet or muddy areas, thus we have marked off all but the driest of our walkways. This is in order to prevent the spread of the pathogen to other local gardens.


If necessary, we may have to take serious steps to remove infected material and treat soil areas, which could result in a closure of the garden. Until that might become necessary, please respect the restricted areas and stay on dry paths when you visit. Thank you for your concern and your patience as we work to resolve this issue.


~~Priscilla Patterson, Head Gardener

CHG Rhodie Crisis - Main Page


CHG Rhodie Crisis - Changes at the CHG


CHG Rhodie Crisis - State and Federal Assistance

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