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Rain Gardens Boost Water Quality

The recent surge in seasonal rainfall in the Pacific Northwest has caught everyone’s attention. Pollutants that are washed into Puget Sound are a real concern, especially because it impacts our marine wildlife.

The good news is that you can make a difference right in your own backyard. By installing a rain garden, you can help filter stormwater runoff before it reaches the Sound. A rain garden is a depression that filters and cleans rainwater as it passes through specialized soils. This article from Urban@UW refers to rain gardens as “tiny water treatment facilities”.


Many of our customers have experienced the fun of watching their rain gardens fill up during a rain event a...


The Power Of Gardens To Restore Wildlife Habitat

Due to habitat destruction, urban sprawl, climate change, pollution etc. wildlife habitat is quickly diminishing. In Washington, we currently have 46 species listed as endangered, threatened, or sensitive, and another 71 are listed as candidates. This list includes iconic wildlife species such as salmon, golden eagles, and several species of whales that visit our area. While this is disheartening, we as gardeners can affect positive change right in our own yards!

temp-post-imageTaylor’s checkerspot (Euphydryas editha taylori) - endangered in our area. Source: Thurston Talk

Gardeners have the power to create habitat by planting the right plants in the right place. We can make smart choices with our wate...