The Columbia Basin
A Landscape with a Unique Story
The Columbia River Basin has been shaped by ancient lava flows, mega-floods and erosion. Learn more about this history. Incorporate geologic features as focal points in your landscape and to produce microclimates to support a wider variety of plant species.
Photo: Basalt Outcrop, Saddle Mt. by Jane Abel
Indigenous Communities & Tribal Nations
Indigenous people have inhabited the American continents for more than 20,000 years. Learn more about the tribes across the region and incorporate culturally significant plants into your garden.
Photo: Terry Richard, The Oregonian
European-American Explorers & Botanists
Our native plants have been systematically collected and documented since the beginning of the 17th century. Glimpse into this history and you will find the people and places associated with the plants and the wildlife in your Heritage Garden.
Image: Washington State Historical Society
Flora & Fauna
Many species are shrub-steppe and sagebrush obligates. Others utilize riparian areas and ecological edges to disperse and survive. Select plants and other features such as water sources that will provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and more.
Photo: Loggerhead Shrike on Sagebrush by Larry Umthun
Background photo of White Bluffs by Donna Lucas