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
NE 149th St
Brush Prairie, WA
(No Restroom Facilities)
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
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.