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The Gardens
Basic Wildlife Needs

Wildlife Botanical Gardens

The Wildlife Botanical Gardens are a cohesive blend of twelve separate, but neighboring, specialty gardens. Spread over three acres and open to the public, the Gardens are devoted to demonstrating and teaching gardening concepts which attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to residential gardens. Extensive urban growth over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. You, as a homeowner, have a unique opportunity to curtail this loss of habitat by creating your own backyard wildlife sanctuary. The Wildlife Gardens will serve as a place to demonstrate and showcase plants attractive to birds and wildlife, landscaping for wildlife techniques and serve as models for homeowners planning their own yards.

Wildlife Botanical Gardens
11000 NE 149th St
Brush Prairie, WA
(No Restroom Facilities)

(Main Entrance to Wildlife Botanical Gardens)
Construction and planting began in Fall of '95 and will continue at an on-going basis until complete. The twelve specialty gardens will contain over 500 species and varieties of plants.

The plants will be labeled with botanical and common names as well as having icons indicating the wildlife that they attract, i.e. birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and/or mammals. A semi-completed version of this can be found in the Entrance Garden, an informal area filled with perennials located at the east entrance to the Gardens. Hummingbird Place is rich with nectar-producing trees, shrubs and flowers while the Butterfly Garden will include both nectar and larval host plants. The Native Woodland Garden strives to reproduce and apply the elegance and design of our natural surroundings to a residential landscape.

The Cottage Garden illustrates that even a small yard can support a diverse variety of plants and also encourage birds and other wildlife. The Homestead Garden is an edible plant garden, appetizing not only to our feathered friends but our human ones as well. The Manor Garden, featuring a "secret garden" within its interior, displays non-native plants attractive to birds in a refined "estate" style.

The 4H RCS Food Bank Garden currently uses the Integrated Pest Management Garden as a highly producing vegetable garden for the community and as such uses IPM principals. Additional future gardens in the planning process include a combination hummingbird and butterfly garden to be aptly named Flying Flowers Garden, as well as a second Ornamental garden, a NW Bird Haven Garden and a Native Urban Firewise Garden depicting fire retardant gardening styles for those in high fire risk areas.

Each focus garden is specifically designed to show you how to turn your own yard into a private backyard wildlife sanctuary. Homeowners will now have an opportunity to see firsthand tangible examples of how to attract birds and other wildlife and will also have a place where they can observe and identify them as well. Homeowners can take these concepts demonstrated in the Gardens and apply them directly to their own yards.

You can find other places in Clark County to visit on the Clark County Explorers Map

You Can Turn Your Yard Into A Wildlife Sanctuary
Just a few plants thoughtfully placed in your yard can begin the creation of a wildlife sanctuary - a place not only for wildlife but also for your enjoyment and viewing. While all yards have varying amounts of "nature", every backyard is a habitat manager. When we plant trees, shrubs and flowers around our homes we are also providing homes and food for a whole community of animals.

The things you do or don't do in the vicinity of your home affect dozens of species of our Pacific Northwest wildlife. As homeowners, we need to be conscientious "habitat managers," and remind ourselves that good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards.

Visit other Clark County Cities: Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Camas / Washougal, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Woodland & Yacolt or Portland Oregon
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