The Gardens

Basket Garden
This garden will in time provide basketmaking materials.

Laurasian Landscape
North American and Eurasian plant relatives separated by continential drift and submersion of former land bridges.

Longhouse Ethnobotanical Garden
Named “s’ulex” by Upper Skagit elder, Vi Hilbert, this garden refers to gathering and creating possibilities from what nature offers.

Medicinal Herb Garden
An European ethnobotanical garden on the Organic Farm with a Persian design common during the Renaissance.

Native Plant Demonstration Gardens
Demonstrations of beautiful native plants that reduce use of water, pesticides, and fertilizers.

Post-Glacial Forest
A recreation of vegetation as the Vashon glacier receded from its terminus south of Olympia based on pollen core samples ranging in age from 14,000 to 8,000 years old.

Prairie Roof Garden
Indigenous food plants and native medicine plants from local prairies.

Primitive Plant Garden
Adaptive relatives of plants that appear earliest in the fossil records, such as ferns.

Rain Roof Gardens
Impervious surfaces reduction. Unused rainwater drains to the ground nearby recharging groundwater on site. The gardens also reduce energy use by insulating the roof.

Waterwise Pollinator Garden
Drought tolerant plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.

Future Plans
A deer garden that showcases plants less likely to be browsed by deer. Plans for a labyrinth are also in the works.