The Purple Heart Memorial was created by volunteers to honor Washington’s veterans. Plants native to Eastern Washington, primarily purple sage, were chosen to fill the interior of the heart and symbolize our natural heritage. To “mend” the broken heart, we are accepting donations to replace the plants that were torn out and provide additional signs to describe the purpose of this memorial garden. We will also be looking at ways to make the heart less vulnerable to damage and are considering the addition of a bench.
The project was designed, constructed, and supported by volunteers from the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS). The Society is a non-profit, state-wide organization and is registered with the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3). Members of WNPS work to promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats through study, education and advocacy. You can find out more about WNPS at http://www.wnps.org/.
Personal checks should be made out to "Columbia Basin Chapter, WNPS". Please note "Purple Heart reconstruction" on the check. Mail to:
Columbia Basin Chapter
Washington Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 221
Richland, WA 99352
Jun 01, 2016 6:32 PM PDTUpdated: Jun 01, 2016 6:32 PM PDT; Posted by Chris Luther, Reporter
May 31, 2016, Tri-City Herald
Renae Bobbett, owner of Beaver Bark, was quick to donate plants and send a team after learning of the memorial’s fate. On Sunday night, she and her crew planted more than a dozen May Night salvias, a purple perennial. Someone else — Crediford doesn’t know who because the donor hasn’t come forward to take credit — also came out at some point and planted verbena, another purple flower. The donations meant the plant bed was in bloom on Memorial Day...
One good thing about this tragedy is it's brought awareness to our little memorial.
May 27, 2016
Ernie Crediford, a member of the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society, talks about the shocking discovery he recently made at the natural Purple Heart memorial he helped create just off Columbia Park Trail near the boat launch at the west end of Wye Park. -Bob Brawdy, Tri-City Herald
Ernie Crediford, Washington Native Plant Society Columbia Basin Chapter member, wanted to merge two things he feels deeply about; honoring all veterans for everything they've done for our country and his love of the native plants in our area. With the City of Richland's approval, he has developed and implemented a design for a large purple heart on the slope near the primitive boat launch at Wye Park in the Richland Y. Purple sage (Salvia dorrii), a native plant with lavender flowers, blooms in May, just in time for Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.