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 updated Pollinator Plants and Bloom Periods chart for all kinds of ideas.

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.

If you’re interested in establishing or revitalizing a community garden, visit the Community & Demonstration Garden page. Visit our School Gardens page for more information about school-related native or edible gardens.

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.

If you have a specific question about a plant or garden pest, ask a Master Gardener. 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.




Sunstone Montessori School Stormwater & Garden Improvement Project

West Multnomah SWCD is now working with Sunstone Montessori School in the John’s Landing neighborhood on a number of conservation projects.  Sunstone, an Oregon Green School, plans to use the Conservation District’s assistance to install […]

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Soil School

Registration is open for Soil School 2022!  This year’s Soil School is a return to our roots. We’ll explore emerging soil knowledge which turns out to be not-so-new. Soil science can get complex, but the […]

2016-2017 WMSWCD Annual Report

We’re pleased to announce that our 2016-2017 Annual Report is complete and can be downloaded here.   We encourage you to browse through this eye-catching publication to see a snapshot of our activities and accomplishments over […]