Get a look behind the scenes at naturescaped yards and gardens on this free, self-guided tour! Yard Tour is a great opportunity to explore colorful naturescaped yards and gardens that feature native plants and attract wildlife, and meet the gardeners who created them.
Tour Date: May 16th, 2020
Tour Hours: 10 AM to 3 PM
About the Tour:
When is the Tour?
This year’s tour will take place on May 16th, 2020, and will go from 10 AM to 3 PM.
How can I apply to have my naturescaped yard on the tour?
To apply, fill out our online questionnaire here so we can learn about your yard. Applications are due on Monday, March 16th at 9 AM. If your garden is selected as a potential stop on the tour, our Yard Tour Organizer Monica will contact you in mid-March to schedule a visit to your yard.
As EMSWCD prepares for this year’s Yard Tour, we are actively monitoring public health guidance related to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Oregon Health Authority.
At this time, we are still planning to hold Yard Tour on May 16th but limiting the number of attendees. As the situation evolves, EMSWCD will do its best to adapt to the situation. This may include investigating options to work with Yard Tour Hosts to create an online/virtual version of the event for the community. Safety is our first concern for event hosts, volunteers, and attendees.
An update to this announcement will be made prior to the end of the month of March.
Additional information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority, and the World Health Organization (WHO):
How do I attend the Tour?
Advanced registration is required to attend. Registration opens on Friday, May 1st.
Is there a start location?
No. This is a self-guided tour. There is no set schedule so you can visit the gardens in any order you wish between the hours of 10 AM – 3 PM on tour day.
Where are the gardens?
The yards are located throughout the east side of the Portland Metro Area. To respect the privacy of the Tour Hosts, we do not post their addresses here. When you register for the tour, we will send a link to the Yard Tour guide with garden addresses, maps and other tour details.
How many gardens should I visit?
We suggest visiting just a handful of sites, rather than rushing to see as many as possible in 5 hours. You can use the Tour Guide to learn about each yard, and then chart a course that allows you to enjoy the tour at a leisurely pace.
We feature a variety of yards with varying levels of ADA access. The Yard Tour guide will detail each site’s level of ADA access so that you can plan ahead. There will be one ADA parking spot reserved at each stop. Look for the orange cones. If you have any questions or require special accommodations, please contact Monica at (503) 935-5371.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! Guests are always welcome. There will be a guest roster for them to sign in on.
I am interested in volunteering!
Volunteering at the Yard Tour is a fun way to connect with other gardeners. We need help with day of tour preparations, greeting visitors, and post-tour cleanup.
Click here to learn more and register for a volunteer shift.
Give us a call at (503) 935-5371.