Westmoreland church offers community herb garden
"Citizens Church" – formerly the Moreland Bible Church, at 1648 S.E. Ellis Street – has developed "environmentally responsible" gardens on either side of its front entry steps. To the East is a community herb garden, and to the west is a rain garden, with a small berm to help recycle rainwater from the roof.
The herb garden, adjacent to S.E. 17th Avenue, invites with a sign, "Please take the herbs that you need for your dinner tonight!" The herb garden includes rosemary, chives, sage, Italian oregano, bay leaves, winter savory, marjoram, lavender, and a few native plants. The garden is constructed on a three-step slope, with the herbs labeled.
On the western side of the church stairs, a rain garden with a raised berm features ferns, reeds, and other wetland plants. A sign posted there explains, "This raingarden removes the majority of chemicals and sediments from our rainwater runoff, and allows for more water to soak into the ground than a conventional lawn."
The two gardens were created by church member Katie Schutz last spring, enabled by a $1,000 grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
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