A Drought Tolerant Butterfly Garden for the Pacific Northwest

Two things that have been on our minds this August are drought and butterflies (and smoke and fires of course.) In my own garden, plants that have always seemed invincible

Gardiner Middle School Garden

Over the last several months, we have been working with Oregon City’s Gardiner Middle School Green Team to design and install a new garden in a vacant outdoor space between

The Winter Hummingbird Garden

A winter visit from a hummingbird is a rare treat that seems impossible and magical. Yet in fact Anna’s hummingbirds have become common winter residents in the Pacific Northwest. What

Providing for Urban Pollinators

I went to a great talk offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District on pollinators.  The talk I attended was part of a series that are free

The Case Of The Disappearing Insects – And What We Can Do About It

Where have all the insects gone? A recent radio piece caught my attention, describing a German study which documented dramatic declines (80%) over the past 30 years in the number

Why native plants REALLY matter

Gardening and landscaping with native plants is different and sometimes more restrictive than a purely ornamental approach – so having a good reason WHY can be helpful inspiration. For me,