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Native Plant Highlight: Oregon Ash

by Anne Ternes

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants

Oregon ash is a wetland wonder, stabilizing soils, protecting water, housing caterpillars, butterflies, and birds, and providing debris for aquatic habitat.

Native Plant Highlight: Drops of Gold

by Anne Ternes

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants

Drops of gold and Hooker’s fairy bells are apt names for this lily that grows in the shade of trees, often surrounded by water.

Native Plant Highlight: Lady Fern

by Anne Ternes

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants

Lady fern is a tall, broad-leaved fern that grows in the forests and riparian areas of the Pacific Northwest. Lady fern’s spring growth provides food for many insects and snails, while the leaves provide shelter for birds and mammals in the summer and fall.

OregonFlora: A Comprehensive Guide to the Vascular Plants of Oregon

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants, Resources

If you’re interested in learning about plants native to Oregon, OregonFlora is a great resource to support your learning. They’ve assembled a guide to the 4,700+ vascular plants of Oregon which they share through their website, the Flora of Oregon books, and their wildflower identification app.

Native Plant Highlight: Blue Wildrye

by Anne Ternes

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants

Want ornamental grass in your landscape? Wish you could encourage more ground-nesting birds? Just want to know more about native grasses? Come check out our new post, all about blue wildrye.

Summer Partner Events & Classes

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Events

Many of our partners are offering great classes, events, or resources this spring. Check our the list of partner events we know about.

Native Plant Highlight: Suksdorf’s Hawthorn

by Anne Ternes

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants

Suksdorf’s hawthorn is an overstory tree that supports hundreds of species, looks good while doing it, and has a great name.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring MCMGA’s Demonstration Garden

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

This habitat in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood has full sun, part sun, shade, and dry soil.

Plant Sales – Fall 2022

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Plant Sales

We’ll use this post to list some of the local native plant sales happening in the fall of 2022. Fall is the best time of the year to plant native species. Sparrowhawk Native Plants Native Plants for Fall! Leaf buds are getting plump, early nesters are partnering up, and gardeners are itching to get our…

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Char’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Char’s habitat in the Cedar Mill area is full sun to full shade, with dry to wet soil conditions and a slope.

Native Plant Highlight: Oval-leaved Viburnum

by Anne Ternes

Categories: In the Garden, Native Plants

Attracting pollinators and pest-eating insects, supporting over thirty species of butterflies, providing food and shelter for birds and mammals, our native viburnum does it all.

Enjoying Our Backyard Habitats

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Categories: In the Garden

Several St. Andrew Lutheran Church members have certified Backyard Habitats. Each followed the criteria, available on-line, to study their yards. Learn a little about each of them and their efforts to create habitat!

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Amber’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Amber’s habitat in the Cully neighborhood is full sun to full shade, with dry soil conditions and a slope

Helping Birds

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: In the Garden

There are ways we can help birds! The Backyard Habitat encourages folks to keep cats from roaming unsupervised outdoors and implement actions to reduce bird-window collisions. 

Spring Partner Events & Classes

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Events

Many of our partners are offering great classes, events, or resources this spring. Check our the list of partner events we know about.

2022 Certifications and Upgrades

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Certifications

At Backyard Habitats, we not only provide incentives and knowledge to program participants working toward creating wildlife habitats, but we also enjoy recognizing and celebrating all those who met the thresholds of Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications. On our Facebook page, we often share posts of our participants getting certified. Those posts share details about…

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Ruth’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Ruth’s habitat in Vancouver is part to full sun to full shade, with dry to moist soil conditions

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Anne and Gary’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Anne and Gary’s habitat in Garden Home in Washington County is part to full sun to full shade, with dry to moist soil conditions and a slope

Open Gardens Project – Featuring the “Water Wise Garden at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens” Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: The Water Wise Garden habitat is located in Brush Prairie, Washington. It has part to full shade, with moist soil conditions.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Rosewig’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Jane’s habitat in Beaverton has full sun, part sun, and shade light conditions and dry to wet soil conditions as well as a slope

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