Plant sale moves to new venue


If your front yard is like mine, let me first say I'm sorry to hear that.

Let me also suggest that you might find value in installing native plants, which tend to fare better in the blazing sunshine and aggressive aridity of our Valley.

Connoisseurs might wait for the annual sale by the local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society.

In the past, that sale has been held at the Blue Mountain Humane Society, but this year it has a new venue, at Rugged Country Plants, a nursery in Milton-Freewater.

The sale is set for Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Rugged Country, 53671 W. Crockett Road, which is a right turn off Highway 11 if you're headed south from Walla Walla.

Proceeds from the sale help the plant society maintain the landscaping at the Humane Society.

The nursery, which can be reached at (541) 938-3970, also has a Web site that provides a look at available plants as well as useful information about native plants.

You can have a look at


Longer hours and a new eating option are on the menu at Stone Soup Cafe.

On the last day of summer, Sept. 21, the cafe at 105 E. Alder St. will expand its hours to 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday.

"Over the last 10 years, many of our customers have suggested the new hours and the idea finally took hold, we are ready to expand," said cafe owner David Leen.

In addition, the cafe will add a salad bar, which will be open weekdays from 5-8 p.m., Leen said.


Mental health practitioner Oliver von Birkenwaldau has a new place of business, and new services are coming down the pike.

Von Birkenwaldau, who had worked with Palouse Counseling Service, is now a part of Teaming for Success, a practice owned by Chris and Harvey Howell that specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy.

Besides horse-assisted services, the practice will provide mental and behavioral health and outpatient substance abuse evaluation and treatment, according to a news release.

This fall, the practice also will offer free mental health counseling to those who financially qualify, according to the release, as well as a low-cost parenting education and support class.

For more information, call 522-2791.


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