"OUR MISSION IS TO SHOWCASE THE WONDERS OF THE PLANET & BEYOND WHILE EMPHASIZING THE NEED TO PROTECT THIS SPECIAL PLACE WE CALL HOME"
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
The Worthy Garden Club is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization based in Bend, Oregon. Founded in 2015, we are a collective of business owners, entrepreneurs, energy specialists, agriculturists, scientists, and astronomers working together to teach our community to respect and protect the beauty of our planet. Through ties with multiple educational institutions and local environmental groups, we are able to participate in important natural science research and deliver those results to the public. Our mission is to showcase the wonders of the planet (and beyond) while emphasizing the need to protect this special place we call home.
The garden club operates with two arms - one on the ground and one in the sky.
Our greenhouse and hop yard serve as a base for all garden-related activities, hosting monthly activities during the summer to discuss everything from bee keeping to composting to native landscaping. Our small but mighty Hopservatory brings the beauty of the cosmos to the public's eye, raising science literacy through tours, educational programs, informal lectures, and night sky and solar viewings. WGC also hosts regular speaking events that spark conversation around conservation issues. All together, we highlight sustainable life practices that help conserve our planet's resources.
All of our events, unless indicated, are open to the public and free to attend. Registration may be required. See our homepage for details and enter your email address below to subscribe to our mailing list. Find and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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As a twenty-year Bend resident, David Blair has had a thirty year, diverse and influential career working on natural resource and environmental policy for members of Congress from Montana, Colorado and Oregon. David's passions include responsible forest management, cycling and cross country skiing. During the winter weekends, he coaches youngsters in cross country skiing while spending plenty of time on the alpine side as well.
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Kody Osborne has nearly a decade of experience as a leader in environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation and non-profit management. Best known for his 8 years of work as Lead Naturalist with the Sunriver Nature Center, Kody currently serves as VP of the Board of Directors at the Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitation Association and is a regular contributor to Bend Magazine, writing about hiking and nature viewing destinations.
Lisa Sanco is our resident horticulturist and beekeeper. She began her career in ornamental horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2011 but has taken on the mantle of hop production, edible gardening and sustainable gardening practice education for WGC. She in especially involved with native pollinator support and water-wise landscaping. Lisa is an avid hiker, camper and lake floater that enjoys spending the weekends exploring all Central Oregon has to offer.
Grant Tandy came to WGC from the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver. His love for astronomy began with his innate curiosity of the natural world, leading to a career in teaching public astronomy programs. He is a volunteer solar system ambassador for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and in this capacity, conducts programs for school groups and other visitors for both solar viewing and night sky viewing. He's our resident 'Sky Guy' that keeps the Hopservatory running.