National Pollinator’s Week 

Spread the news! June 17th thru 23rd is National Pollinator’s Week. Why are pollinators so important? Our pollinators pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants and food crops! We depend on pollinators for our survival.

Our mission is gardening to provide habitat for regional pollinators: birds, bees, bats, beetles, butterflies and other animals. NatureScaping tour guides and garden coordinators are pleased to host these beneficial visitors, as well as human visitors to our beautiful gardens.

National Pollinator’s Week was unanimously approved by the US Senate six years ago. This event was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator’s Partnership. To learn more about this group, and how you can help celebrate our vital pollinators visit

Check out this U.S. Fish and Wildlife web page, dedicated to National Pollinator’s Week. Or visit the Xerces Society to learn more about pollinator conservation.

This summer—have fun, be curious, and enjoy the beauty of our natural world. And thank a pollinator visiting your garden!

Meredith Hardin, President

NatureScaping is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to support our mission to encourage wildlife-friendly gardening are appreciated!

Upcoming Summer Tours of the Gardens: 

  • June 9 Sports Leisure from Sacramento, CA
  • July 13 Hardy Plant Society of OR
  • July 14 Women’s Garden Group
  • July 17 Newcomers Garden Club
  • Aug 3 Hardy Plant Society of Oregon

Garden Tour Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Phillips

Wearing a straw hat, Ruth Phillips, NatureScaping Tour Guide/Plant Identification Consultant, guides the Leisure Sports Club from Sacramento, CA through the Gardens. With a Ph.D in human genetics, Ruth has worked as a research scientist at WSU, NOAA, and other research organizations. A long-time Audubon member, Ruth has raised two daughters, sings in the WSU choir, and is an avid birder and native plant enthusiast. Ruth enjoys hiking the Gorge to view wildflowers and native plants, butterflies, and birds. She believes strongly in restoring habitat for wildlife, and notes that over the past few years, more birds indigenous to California and So. Oregon are expanding their range into SW WA.

Mark your Calendars: Art in the Gardens
Sunday, July 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At Art in the Gardens, the Wildlife Botanic Gardens will feature ten local artists, each displaying their own unique art work, which will be available for sale. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens and find an art treasure for your own garden or home. No cost to attend! Come support our Gardens and local artists.