Registration for the 2016 Yard Tour is now open!

Yard Tour 2016

Registration for our Naturescaped Yard Tour is now open! This free one-day event is limited to 500 people, so sign up soon if you would like to take the self-guided tour! The tour takes place on Saturday, May 14th from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Visit Naturescaped yards that are bursting with color and creativity! Explore a wide variety of yards and chat with the do-it-yourself gardeners who created them. You’ll learn how these low-maintenance, functional landscapes attract wildlife, conserve water, and don’t rely on synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

Getting rid of invasive garlic mustard!

patch of invasive garlic mustard, flowering

Garlic mustard is a very invasive, fast-spreading weed, and Multnomah County has the worst infestation of it in Oregon. The roots produce a chemical that is toxic to other plants, and it can grow in most soil types. It can also grow in full sun or full shade, making it a threat to a wide variety of our native plants and habitats. You can help get rid of it, though – read on for some important tips about pulling up and getting rid of garlic mustard.

Many other plants are often mistaken for garlic mustard, especially before the flowers come up. Control is easiest when garlic mustard plants are in bloom (usually beginning in April), unless you can easily identify the rosettes (leaves) of the plant. Hand removal can be a successful technique in small patches that can be visited often and re-pulled frequently. Learn how to pull up garlic mustard and see more photos after the break! Read more

Upcoming EMSWCD Board and Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), serving all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled Board and Committee meetings at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the month of May 2016. Visit this page to see upcoming meetings.

Spring Workshops are here!

honey bee on red-flowering currant

Our free workshops teach simple gardening practices that will help you create beautiful landscape features that conserve water, reduce pollution and create habitat for birds and pollinators. Learn how to create your own attractive, low-maintenance landscape, how to build your own rain garden and how to handle aggressive urban weeds! We have four topics to choose from this spring:

  • Naturescaping Basics
  • Rain Gardens 101
  • Native Plants Workshop
  • Urban Weeds

We are also offering some special workshops this spring, such as a new Creating Wildlife Habitat Trees workshop!

Space is limited and registration is required – sign up for a free workshop today!
Register today for a Free Workshop!


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