2015 Certifications

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)

2014 Certifications

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)

2013 Certifications

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)

2012 Certifications

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)