Since 2016, the Aloha Garden Club has been working closely with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to combat an infestation of the Japanese beetles in the Cedar Mill & Oak Hills area. If you are new to the Aloha Garden Club you will want to become informed on this tremendous threat to the agriculture of our state as well as the gardening culture that is so important to us here in Oregon. The result is that plant material and soil cannot be removed from that area unless it is disposed of properly. Consequently we cannot accept donated plants for our plant sale from that area.
The following website will give you the background information on the Japanese beetle.
The infestation area in the Cedar Mill - Oak Hills area, north of highway 26, has been expanded from last year. Members of the Aloha Garden Club will be notified if they are within the quarantine area designated by the ODA. Generally speaking, if you are in zip codes 97229 or 97006 and have a Northwest street address and live north of Highway 26, you "might" be in the quarantine area. If your address does not match the criteria just described, then you are probably not within the quarantine area and are free to donate plants. People living within the quarantine area will be notified by the Oregon Department of Agriculture by mail on what to do and what will happen next. If you have questions, please feel free to ask us or you can contact ODA via email or phone as shown below. We will be talking more about this situation at our monthly meeting and we will update you via email as more information becomes available.