Suggested resources for northwest gardeners



Befriending Bumble Bees: A practical guide to raising local bumble bees. Evans, E.C., Burns, I., and Spivak, M.S. (University of Minnesota, 2007)

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Douglas Tallamy (Timber Press, 2009).

Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants. Kathleen A. Robson (Timber Press, 2008).

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest. Arthur Kruckeberg (University of Washington Press, 1997).

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, 6th ed. Steve Solomon (Sasquatch Books, 2007).

Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Russell Link (University of Washington Press, 2002).

Naturescaping: A Landscaping Partnership with Nature. (Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife).

Real Gardens Grow Natives: Design, Plant, and Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden. Eileen M. Stark (Mountaineers Books, 2014).

The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide: Planning Calendar for Year-Round Organic Gardening. Carl Elliot and Rob Peterson (Seattle Tilth Association, 2000).

 Advocacy organizations, etc.

Friends of Trees: Tree planting organization in the Portland area.

Health Benefits of Gardening for the Elderly

Native Plant Information Network (NPIN): Provides information “that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America.”

Native Plant Society of Oregon: “Dedicated to the enjoyment, conservation, and study of Oregon’s native plants and habitats.”

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides: Pesticide-free solutions.

Oregon Tilth: Supports and promotes biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.

OSU Extension: Guide for pruning fruit trees.

Permaculture Institute: Network of permaculture groups and info on training workshops.

Plant Amnesty: “A 1000-member mock-militant nonprofit organization whose purpose is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs caused by mal-pruning.”

Plant Native: Where to find native plants, and more.

Seattle Tilth: Non-profit dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.

US EPA Greenscapes Program: Cost-effective & eco-friendly solutions.

Washington Native Plant Society: “A forum for individuals who share a common interest in Washington’s unique and diverse plant life.”

WSU Extension: Gardening support.

The Xerces Society: Non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving native invertebrates and their habitat.

 Soil testing

Bunchberry sRGB

A & L Western Laboratories

Earth Fort

Soil sampling techniques