Monday, July 10, 2017

Natural Garden Tour features 15 sustainable gardens to inspire local gardeners


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: July 10th, 2017 12:03 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County residents will get a chance to wander through 15 diverse natural gardens that showcase earth-friendly gardening techniques during the Green Neighbors Natural Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 23.

Booklets with details about the free, self-guided garden tour can be downloaded from or found at:

* Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 N.E. Parkway Drive, #C5
* Bird's English Garden & Nursery, 1296 S. Dolan Road, Ridgefield
* Cascade Greenhouse, 6005 N.E. 139th St.
* Chapman's Greenhouse and Nursery, 14002 N.E. 117th Ave.
* Shorty's Garden & Home, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. and 705 N.E. 199th St., Ridgefield
* WSU Extension at 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St.
* Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
* Yard N' Garden Land, 1501 N.E. 102nd St.

The annual tour is a great way to learn how to make your yard a beautiful, healthy place for pets and children while protecting waterways and wildlife. Methods include:

* Using native plants
* Conserving water with rain barrels
* Attracting ladybugs and other beneficial insects
* Designing alternatives to traditional lawns.

The tour also offers an opportunity to chat with local residents who have learned how to maintain gardens without relying on fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

"This is a great opportunity to see firsthand the astonishing results gardeners can achieve without using chemicals that can harm people, pets and wildlife," said Sally Fisher, environmental outreach specialist.

For more information about the Natural Garden Tour and other environmentally conscious activities, visit

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