In addition to our workshops and events at the Garden, we are dedicated to providing learning opportunities for gardeners, botanists, and anyone else with a green curiosity.
Whether here in the Garden or at home, these online resources are available to you wherever you are.
These resources were created by local organizations around the Pacific Northwest and beyond such as Wilderness Awareness School, Accessible Gardens, and Oregon State University, to name a few. Please use and share these resources according to the copyright guidelines listed on their websites.
Garden Learning Library – This resource database from the National Gardening Association offers countless resources for gardeners across the country including plant care guides, a Q&A forum, and much more!
Soak It Up Rebate Program – The Surface Water Utility offers rebates up to $2,000 for Shoreline home or business owners to install a rain garden or native vegetation landscaping on their property. These features are part of a natural approach to storm water known as low-impact development, which seeks to mimic forested conditions by allowing rainwater to soak into the soil.
Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington – Interested in learning how to make a rain garden? Created by the Washington Department of Ecology, Washington State University, and Kitsap County, this guide has all you need to know to design, install, and maintain your own rain garden.
Online Learning and eCourses
Online Master Gardener Short Course Series by Oregon State University. This series of online course can help you get your garden up and running this spring. Each course is 4-6 hours and is available on demand, to use at your convenience. Check out their free online Vegetable Gardening course.
Community Science Projects
Bumble Bee Watch – help track native bumble bees, one of our most important pollinators, across North America with this fun and easy to use website created by Wildlife Preservation Canada and the Xerces Society of Oregon.
BudBurst – A project of the Chicago Botanic Garden, BudBurst aims to engage citizen scientists in monitoring and tracking the phenology of plants across North America. With multiple ongoing projects, find out how you can get involved today. Many of the projects are suitable for scientists of all ages and skill levels.
The Secret Language of Trees – Just over 4 minutes, this amazing video explores the mycorrhizal network, an underground web of fungi that help trees exchange nutrients and even talk. Created by Suzanne Simmard and Camille Defrenne for TedEd.
Trillium Tour 2020 – This 6 minute video by John F. Williams and Salish Magazine explores the iconic trilliums of the Pacific Northwest.
Nature & Wellness
There is extensive evidence on the benefits of nature on our physical and emotional health. In a recent study, it was found that just 20 minutes outdoors can have a positive impact on our perceived well-being. Now, more than ever, we must look to nature for respite, reflection, and re-connection.
Sowing Seeds of Happiness – As if we needed another excuse to garden! A new study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning concluded that home gardening has a positive impact on well-being (happiness) similar to that of walking, biking, and dining out.
Hike the Rainbow: Get a Flower Show on a Trail Near You – Find wildflower hikes in your area with the Washington Trails Association. For even more hikes, check out their Hike Finder Map.
Tips for Preserving Nature While Hiking by Mark Steele