Tour Heritage Gardens
Take a tour of certified Heritage Gardens. The diversity is impressive. As these gardens mature, we will post new photos. Our thanks goes to the Heritage Gardeners for sharing their beautiful gardens.
Wall of Fame gardens exceed the basic Heritage Garden requirements. These gardens include features such as a water source and plant species for wildlife, plants of cultural significance, HG-recognized geologic features, informational placards, ten or more species of different plants, and being essentially weed free. See the certification process for details.
INSTRUCTIONS: Click on a photo to bring up a full-screen presentation of each garden. While viewing the slideshow, hover your cursor over the photo to see if additional information is available. Click again to continue. Enjoy!
Pasco First Lutheran
Check out this heavenly Heritage Garden. This little gem is the vision of Valerie a parishioner at the Pasco First Lutheran Church.
Simmons Heritage Garden
Mary Ann convinced her neighbor to convert the shared flowerbed between their driveways into a Heritage Garden focusing on Columbia Basin natives.
Clark Heritage Garden
Paula created this little gem of a garden in her side yard to beautify the space.
Autrey Heritage Garden
When Ann set out to create not one but two Heritage Gardens on her property she became very frustrated at not being able to easily find and secure native plants. So she started her own native plant nursery, Tapteal Native Plants. Heritage Gardens save water and grow local businesses!
Lucas Side Yard Heritage Garden
For Donna, one Heritage Garden is never enough. Pictured above is a third garden she created, this one in her front side yard. The steep slope was terraced with native rock, including a dry creek bed.
Lucas Back Yard Heritage Garden
Bron Heritage Garden
Marten’s vision came to life with a little help from us in the form of a planting plan. He knew many of the plants he wanted to include he just wasn’t sure how to bring it all together.
Wintczak Heritage Garden
Dustin created this beautiful oasis in his front yard much to the delight of his two small children and the family cat.
Carpenter Heritage Garden
Bill & Donna’s garden started when Bill brought home a sagebrush plant his friend had given him. Living on a farm in Franklin County they designated an area between a farm field and their windbreak for their native plant garden. Bill focuses on the “true” natives to our area while Donna brings home regional plants of interest.
Roop Heritage Garden
Joe Roop started his Heritage Garden journey in the Fall of 2015 with a site visit from Heather & Donna. When BCD certified his garden in the spring of 2017 his comment was “I wasn’t expecting my garden to be so ‘lush.’”
WSU Wine and Science Center
This two acre Heritage Garden designed by Gretchen Graber showcases sustainable landscaping techniques, native plants and pollinator habitat.
Branches & Vines
Mary, the owner of Branches and Vines in Benton City wants to promote local small farms and businesses and sustainable products and practices. Heritage Gardens were a perfect way to beautify her landscape while promoting her vision for her community.
Coyote Ridge Corrections Center
Heather taught a Heritage Garden Practicum that kicked off a design competition for the inmates at the Coyote Ridge Correctional Facility. There were two winners of the competition (Mr. Reyes and Mr. Le) who had the opportunity to see their gardens constructed on the facilities grounds. Inmates are responsible for hand weeding and watering the gardens.
Fire Station 5
Benton Conservation District was proud to work with the City of Kennewick Fire Department to include a Heritage Garden at their new Fire Station along with showcasing Firewise Principles.
Crediford Heritage Garden
Ernie’s garden features many unique plants. In fact 100% of the plants featured are native to our area. Ernie’s garden also includes numerous examples of local geology. A true treasure in a small space. (DIY)
Lemar Heritage Garden
The Lemar's took advantage of soil left over from construction of their home to form a berm in their backyard. The berm acted as the perfect planting bed for their low water-use landscape. (DIY)
Unterseher-Dunlop Heritage Garden
Reg and Sheila were serious about converting a corner of their yard to a Heritage Garden. It took them just four short months from our first meeting to the installation on their garden. Their goals were to reduce water consumption, remove overgrown plants and provide a welcoming corner with paths leading from the sidewalk. (Installation by 509 Lawn Care, Kennewick)
City of Connell’s Walking Path
Sharon Sellereite in partnership with the City of Connell developed a second Heritage Garden along the walking path adjacent to HWY 395. Sharon partnered with the high school Ag teacher, Heidi Shaddock, whose class helped by growing and donating plants. (Community Project)
Holloway Heritage Garden
Aaron started his Heritage Garden by rescuing sagebrush from surrounding lots that were slated for development. The plan forward is to thin out some of the sagebrush and to add other native plants for diversity, color and texture. (DIY)
Master Gardener’s Xeric Garden
Conservation District staff worked with volunteers from the WSU Master Gardeners Program and the Washington Conservation Corps. to renovate the Xeric Garden with grant funding from the Dept. of Ecology. A dry river wash made of pea gravel was replaced with a dry river bed constructed of native river rock. The dry river bed provides a backdrop for native grasses that replaced non-native cactus and yucca. (Community Project)
Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Heritage Garden
In lieu of a Spring Heritage Garden Workshop the District capitalized on an opportunity to work with the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser. As part of establishing a Heritage Garden on the premises the District hosted a practicum. The practicum was developed to teach homeowners Heritage Garden design concepts. The practicum included a lecture, hands-on paper design opportunity followed by implementing the Clore Center Heritage Garden. (Community Project)
Cannon Heritage Garden
Cheryl did most of the planning and execution with the help of her handyman on the hardscape. Features include a dry creek bed and the strategic placement of potted plants to provide added color. Instead of removing the existing concrete landscape edging, Cheryl simply covered it up with basalt rocks and backfilled with soil. Cheryl is a meticulous gardener whose passion has turned her garden into a living piece of art. (DIY with a little help)
Graber Heritage Garden
The Graber's wanted to embellish an existing naturalized area at the corner of their property that was dominated by rabbitbrush. They utilized overspray from their vegetable garden and added some drip irrigation to increase the diversity of plants. If you listen closely you can almost hear the buzz of pollinators enjoying this Heritage Garden oasis. (DIY)
Master Gardener’s Native Plant Garden Heritage Garden
Conservation District staff worked with volunteers from the WSU Master Gardeners Program to widen and complete a path in the native plant garden. Crushed basalt native to our region was used to form the path. Larger basalt was used to define the edge of the path to encourage visitors to stay on the path, thus protecting the native plants. Plant ID placards were added to make plant identification easier. Improvements were paid for by a grant from the WildHorse Foundation. (Community Project)
Coker Heritage Garden
Carol's informal HG reminds me of an English garden. Plants are allowed to propagate creating a layered, lush and vibrant landscape. This type of garden does require a little bit more intensive weeding but the result is well worth the effort. (DIY)
City of Connell’s Heritage Garden
Sharon Sellereite worked with the City of Connell to develop two small planting beds adjacent to Town Hall as a demonstration project. These beds made for the perfect location to showcase low water-use landscaping. (Community Project)
Slovic Heritage Garden
Randy's landscape is a great example of a formal Heritage Garden. Randy designed her HG to highlight native low water-use plants. Her garden also showcases several different geologic features including two different sizes of basalt mulch, basalt boulders and a river rock dry river bed to add interest to the garden. (Installation by Cachys Landscaping, Tri-Cities)
Rykiel Heritage Garden
Ed's Heritage Garden takes full advantage of that area we all have in our yards where the grass inevitable does not want to grow. A combination of unrelenting sun and hot pavement from the adjacent sidewalk make this planting strip the perfect location for native, hardy drought tolerant plants. A little overspray from the adjacent lawn sprinklers and voila! A lush, pretty landscape is realized. (DIY)
Lucas-Jensen Heritage Garden
The Lucas-Jensen Heritage Garden has the honorable distinction of being the first certified Heritage Garden! Donna and Louis created basalt pathways to lead the visitor through a labyrinth of different eco-regions from no water-use shrub step to a small riparian area "fed" by a dry river-bed. This garden literally has it all. (DIY)