How does your garden grow?  We can help make sure that the plants and food you grow in your garden are the best they can be by making sure that your soil is healthy and you’re using just the right amount of water.  When planning your garden, we recommend using native plants because they’re used to our climate and soil and will be much healthier than non-natives and require less maintenance.  They will also support all of our native pollinators and other wildlife that needs healthy habitats to survive.  We can help you find the best native plants for your land, whether it be in sun or shade.

Visit our Invasive Species and Native Plant pages for a whole host of publications and guides to healthy gardening. If your goal is to attract native wildlife to your garden, such as bees, birds and butterflies, visit our Wildlife and Planting for Pollinators pages.

Check our calendar in the spring for Soil School, a great one-day workshop full of educational sessions on a wide variety of topics for gardeners and those tending small farms. In addition, we hold Rural Living Field Day in the fall in an outdoor setting with information on pollinators, invasive weeds, riparian restoration, orchards and forests, septic systems, crops and much more.

If you have a specific question about a plant or garden pest, call the OSU Master Gardeners for Multnomah County (503.445.4608), who are located in our office. You can bring in a specimen and they’ll try to answer all your questions and give growing advice.

Find technical information, articles and publications in our Library. Also check out the Backyard Habitat Certification Program to make your garden the best for wildlife and all living things.




Native Species Spotlight-Pacific ninebark

Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) is a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family and native to the Pacific Northwest. The shrub is erect, but it can spread, and typically grows 8-10 feet tall and 4-7 feet […]

Pollinator Monitoring Community Science Program

The District encourages pollinator conservation by helping residents grow vibrant pollinator habitat on their land. Read more on our Planting for Pollinators and Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping pages. To help you learn more about pollinator habitat […]

Mountain Park Church Native Plant Garden

About 40 years ago, the church grounds were planted with invasive English ivy. Of course, the church didn’t know it was invasive back then.  The church found out and contacted West Multnomah SWCD to help […]