Extensive urban growth over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. You, as a homeowner, have a unique opportunity to curtail this loss of habitat by creating your own backyard wildlife sanctuary.

NatureScaping of Southwest Washington is a non-profit, all volunteer, educational organization whose goal is to educate and encourage homeowners to make their yards and gardens a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife.

Membership above the $20 level will support maintaining the gardens fencing, irrigation, educational materials and more.

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Entrance Perennial Garden

Welcome Sign

Visitors to the Wildlife Botanical Gardens often comment on the great diversity of plants encountered in these gardens. The Entrance Perennial Garden offers the first taste of this diversity with close to 200 different species and varieties of perennials representing 30 or more plant families.

Entry garden path

In addition to the perennials that are the focus of this garden, trees and shrubs are included in the design to provide ‘layers’ that offer nesting sites for birds that nest at different heights. Trees and shrubs bordered by perennial beds also provide an ‘edge effect’ where one type of habitat meets another, attracting a greater variety of wildlife.

Entry garden gazebo

The garden perennials combine with trees and shrubs to provide valuable habitat in the form of shelter and food for birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife. Food comes from seeds, nectar, pollen and berries. Plant tissue provides a food source for emerging butterfly larvae.

Entry garden creek bed

Many, but not all, of the plants in this garden are water thrifty. Drip irrigation is installed for the plants that do require water during dry spells, bypassing plants that are more drought tolerant and reducing water lost to evaporation.