Starting in 2010, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District teamed up with the Naito Corporation to rid a portion of the Montgomery Park office grounds of invasive ivy and transform it into a diverse native garden. Throughout the process of installing the garden we conducted numerous volunteer events that engaged various professionals in our office complex including a group from Partners in Vocational Opportunity Training (PIVOT) Job Corps – a no-cost education and career training program that helps young people improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.
Over the years we’ve worked closely with office maintenance staff to provide technical guidance in maintaining this garden. We have used this garden on multiple tours and classes including our Urban Watershed Mentor’s training program. We’ve showcased the pollinator hedgerow that was installed in a sunny section of the garden. It features educational signage about pollinators situated in a highly visible area accessible via NW Vaughn Street as well as from the Montgomery Park parking lot.