Monthly Archives: January 2019

Laurel Social Hall garden ready for you to enjoy! July 20th we will have a building clean up day.

Laurel’s Community Garden has wrapped up! We are now in the stage of just keeping it watered, and asking for you to come by and enjoy the space.  Please help us by keeping pets and herbicide sprays out of the garden.  The flowers planted by many hands can not handle urine or sprays :(. Call Debi anytime with questions: 503-858-3636

Your local businesses that have generously donated to the garden:

“Scholls Lawncare and Landscape”our new patio, :

River Oak Farm, a truck load of plants 8335 SW River road, sells retail.

Denfeld Family, the Laurel hedge, and all the smoothing of 4 loads of gravel for parking, the brick for the walkways (from the buildings old chimney), all the nut shells for the walk ways.

Yerbas Buena, all the potting soil, 46 tractor bucket loads and counting…Jake put in the outside water hook up for the garden too.

Chehalem Mountain Pottery, painted the artwork hanging on the building, and truck loads of compost.

Lorence Brothers Construction built the box for the art work.

Miller Paint Co. 6071 SW 185th, (off Farmington), donated paint for the art work

April Flowers: trellis and hidden painted rocks through out the garden

La Grand Petit Jarden, plants and labor,

The Synder’s: Trailer loads of compost, plants, created the caterpillar propane tank, painted the rain barrel, put in all the drip water system for the garden!

Little Red Wagon, 14900 Sw Hillsboro Hwy, plants

Monkey Tree Falling: Cedar Chips

Ellerbrook Nursery, 21 trees (ever green and maples).

Herb Hill Farms, rocks!

Individuals from Laurel: Paul and Cheri Meek, Walt, Debi, Nicole Lorence, Ed and Patty Harty, Carl Denfeld, Paul Denfeld and grand kids, Jake Clubine, Rebecca Snyder, Aprile Penhall, Lehne Family, Becky Curl and kids, Bud Hutchinson, Amy Wachsmuth, Joanna Guzzetta, Ross Romero, Barbie and Jon Ellerbrook, Marcia Loney, Jacob Harkness, and Alan Stohler!

Contact Debi Lorence with an questions: 503-858-3636

 Laurel Community Garden making great progress!

The art in the garden!

The Laurel Hall Board of Directors wrote and received a grant from the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation for $5,000.

Laurel Social Hall located: 30366 SW Laurel Road 


    • Ed and Patty Harty went and picked up the galvanized containers at Wilco for planter boxes.
    • Local Midway Nursery “Little Red Wagon” delivered the plants for the garden boxes(west side of the building).
    • Paul Denfeld brought his equipment over to level the parking lot 2 times before and after the new gravel and filled the new planter boxes too!
    • Bud Hutchinson donated over a dozen Boston Ferns and some Oregon Grape too!
    • Neighbors, from Yerba Buena Preston, Jake, and Steve came over and removed the old nasty wire fence and posts…and random pieces of concrete found too!
    • The backyard space till/plowed by Rick  Rogowski, neighbor.
    • Jake Clubine came back over and created berm areas for the property hedgerows, and brought compost too.
    • Paul and Chris Denfeld will be donating the Laurel Hedgerow plants for the 168-foot east side property line.
    • Becky Snyder delivered a trailer full of compost and will be helping with plant orders and placement. Snyder’s are donating the hedgerow south side.
    • More gravel brought in, 4 truck loads so far!
    • February 23rd, was our first garden meeting. We looked at the design, created a plant list, started to formalize plans and next steps.
    • Debi starts collecting bids and materials lists for signage, fencing, and underlining path work.
    • Debi, painted Garden signs for location.
    • Plant list created, still in need of many more perennials, and fruit trees too!
    • Quilt Block created by Walt Lorence, brought to artist Debi Nelson for painting.
      • Partnering with Miller Paint Farmington road, they donated the primer for the new 5 x 5 garden sign art to be hung Southside. To be hung March 30th.
    • March 25-27 Propane tank painted by local artist: Donna Clark and Becky Snyder.
    • March 28, Carl and Debi relaid out the patio and pathways, moving everything to the south west side of the garden.
    • March 29, the border berm was shoveled in and 60 Oregon grapes planted in the berm, along with ferns too. The ground work for the patio and pathways was dug and shoveled in compost was spread and blend into the berm, and the garden art work was hung. Debi and Larry brought over a truck load of compost.
    • March 28 and 29th, Nathan Vial brought over his equipment, team and resources “Scholls Lawncare and Landscape” to help lay the foundation for the patio and pathways!  HUGE thank you for his expertise and time!
    • March 30th, OFFICIAL Community Garden Day: 90 Oregon natives planted, flowering perennials planted, pavers laid and cut into a circle, south side of building repair painting done, 3 flower boxes put together, bricks from the old chimney brought over from being stored for 2 years, more compost delivered, and everything got watered in!
    • March 31st, sand put into the pavers, extra sand shoveled into garden containers; 30 more plants put in; planted boxes painted; brick pavers put onto three pathways;  9 stumps dug in for outside circle for students.
    • April 8, planted 6 mature snowberry and currant bushes on tree line to start the new woodland area. Looking for “wood chips and pic-nic table benches”for this park setting.
    • April 13 and 14, second Community work day: brick pathways and lining the front mound with bricks (1/2 way done); children garden boxes filled (still need one filled), planted seeds for flowers, trimming winter dead branches off of the plants, 75 more plants donated and purchased and planted, cedar chips brought in for the extended woodland area, Jake brought over 4 tractor loads of potting soil (could not have done this project without him), Laurel kids came and painted signs, filled their garden boxes and planted, neighbor brought by painted garden rocks and secretly hide them for children to find.
    • April 15, five Maples donated and planted, stumps dug in the woodland area, and large branches cut back!
    • April 17th, Debi delivers rain barrel to garden.
    • May 13, Jacob Harkness does rain barrel installation.
    • May 14, Jacob and Debi unload a trailer of hazel nut shells, donated from Denfeld’s.
    • May 15, more trees planted, areas cleaned up, grass cutting Ross Romero and Debi Lorence.
    • Herb Hill Farms rock delivered to finish off parking and behind building.

April 23, 24 more trees planted and bricks placed around mounded plants. Drip irrigation started. rocks to be donated identified and plans are being made to how to get them to the Garden.

Everyone is welcome and needed, if you would like to be involved in any way, contact Project lead Debi Lorence at 503-858-3636

The grant will help support:  Creating an outside habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, community gardens, water-wise landscape, garden boxes and a hedgerow to cover the neighbor’s fence line.

Our focus will be the property lines, creating a natural hedgerow, developing a native garden area in the back 70 ft by 70ft, and some community garden boxes too. If you want to help, have plants, materials or time to donate please let us know. We all want to see this building site improved and used more for your family events! Call for more  information: Debi Lorence: 503-858-3636

Property Dimensions are:
168 feet long east side from the north easement south.
165 feet long west side (by the trees and apartment) measured center of the road.
138 feet east to west long.
75 feet wide from west side building to the trees which is basically the parking area.

The hall building is 35 ft wide and 90 ft long.



IMG_4348IMG_4346IMG_4349hall w: denfeld leveling gravelbackyard to be planned and developed

garden containers
Garden containers west side

screen shot 2019-01-17 at 11.59.12 amlaurel hall building left side to be planted.