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Tour to show “earth-friendly” gardens created by local residents


Serena Calder, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 5290

Vancouver, WA – Twelve Clark County gardeners will open their yards on Sunday, July 14, to give the community a peek at environmentally friendly landscapes.

Clark County Environmental Services’ Earth-Friendly Garden Tour showcases yards maintained through natural means including lawn alternatives, native plants, water conservation and composting, along with beneficial insects and wildlife. The tour allows visitors to meet host gardeners and gather ideas to make their own yards beautiful and healthy for pets, children and waterways.

The tour includes a range of lot sizes and rural, urban and suburban locations. Some show use of grass clippings to feed lawns, container gardening, habitat restoration and farming.

Natural gardening reduces the need for chemicals to control diseases and pests. Common yard chemicals may kill insects that are helpful in the garden. They may also pollute rivers, streams and lakes.

Passes and maps for the Earth-Friendly Garden Tour are free and can be picked up at:
• Shorty’s Garden & Home, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. and 705 N.E. 199th St., Ridgefield.
• 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. (Hazel Dell).
• Yard ‘n Garden Land, 1501 N.E. 102nd St. (Hazel Dell).
• Bird’s English Garden and Nursery, 1296 S. Dolan Road, Ridgefield.
• Hidden Gardens Nursery & Landscaping, 4345 N.W. 16th Ave., Camas.
• The Reflector, 20 N.W. 20th Ave., Battle Ground.
• Clark County Environmental Services, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

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