A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace 5or the soul. - Sadi NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL BACKYARDS PROGRAM Earth-friendly gardening in Clark County / / / / Gardening requires a lot o/ water 4 most o/ it in the /orm o/ perspiration. - Sir Walter Scott CLARK COUNTY NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL BACKYARDS THE NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL BACKYARDS PROGRAM teaches us to incorporate nature 9s balance into our gardens and create healthy and productive ecosystems in our yards.
The natural balance of forest and wetland areas can be very hard to duplicate at home. Naturally Beautiful Backyards provides information that can help you achieve this balance and reduce or eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in your yard and garden. Many insects that are killed by commonly-used garden insecticides are actually bene cial to the health of your garden.
By eliminating them, your garden 9s ability to ght pests is compromised. Learning about natural gardening techniques will greatly reduce your need to use chemicals to control disease and pests. You may also discover that a little tolerance for the small imperfections of nature goes a long way toward contributing to your healthy yard and garden, and to the overall health of ... more. less.
our community.<br><br> Take a natural garden tour Beginning in summer 2006, the Naturally Beauti.ul Backyards program will sponsor an annual tour o. homes in Clark County that garden without the use o. chemical .ertilizers or pesticides.<br><br> I. you would like more in.ormation about attending the tour, or would like to be one o. the .eatured gardens, please f ll out the attached card and a sta member will contact you.<br><br> Visit a demonstration garden Coming in spring 2006, drop in on the demonstration natural garden located at H & H Wood Recyclers, Inc., 8401 N.E. 117th Avenue, Vancouver. You 9ll wander through a garden that uses techniques described in our publications and workshops.<br><br> See an active rain barrel and look at a variety o. compost bins and systems. Observe streamside plantings, restoration areas, and climate-.riendly plants as they change through the seasons.<br><br> Read our natural gardening publications Several natural gardening brochures and booklets are available on our Web site or call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to request copies o. our literature.<br><br> THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT NATURAL GARDENING Attend a lecture Attend a series o. in.ormative talks about topics related to natural gardening. Past lectures include presentations about hummingbirds, bats, living with city wildli.e, urban chickens, benef cial insects, and attracting birds to your backyard.<br><br> Join our mailing list i. you would like to be notif ed about upcoming speakers. Attend natural gardening workshops Attend a workshop to learn about various techniques and planning tools to ensure that your journey into natural gardening is success.ul.<br><br> Local experts share their knowledge and answer your questions during these sessions. Workshops will o er in.ormation on various topics such as gardening without chemicals and planning your own home landscape. Enter the natural garden contest Enter our contest .or natural gardeners in early summer.<br><br> I. you have a naturally beauti.ul backyard, please let us know. We 9ll tour your garden and award prizes to yards that represent natural gardening at its best.<br><br> Please return the attached card so we can contact you i. you are interested in participating. Participate in a school program Students can participate in developing onsite gardens, classroom presentations, and f eld trips.<br><br> Teachers and parents can contact us to make arrangements .or any o. these .ree programs. Grant .unds are available to assist in the development o.<br><br> onsite gardens at Clark County schools. Master Composter/Recycler volunteers are available to visit classrooms to provide in.ormation about composting and worm bins. Mother Nature 9s Garden Puppet Show is an assembly program available to groups o.<br><br> 100 kindergarteners through third graders. Growing a naturally beautiful backyard relies on techniques that " Build healthy soil " Plant environmentally friendly shrubs, trees, and ground cover instead of lawn " Locate plants in areas that optimize growth and minimize care " Manage onsite rainwater " Attract bene cial organisms FOR MORE INFORMATION For additional in.ormation about the programs described in this brochure, or i. you have ques- tions about natural gardening techniques, please call (360) 397-6118 ext.<br><br> 4352 or visit our Web site at www.naturallybeautifulbackyards.org YES! I 9m interested in learning more about the Naturally Beautiful Backyards Program. Mark the boxes below i/ you would like to have your garden included on the tour or to enter our naturally beauti/ul backyard contest.<br><br> Name Address City State Zip Phone E-mail Pre/erred contact E-mail Regular mail I would like to receive mailings and notif ca- tions about natural gardening programs I would like to participate in the naturally beauti/ul backyards contest I would like to volunteer my yard /or the naturally beauti/ul garden tour Other / / Naturally Beauti/ul Backyards Clark County Solid Waste Program P.O. Box 9810 Vancouver, WA 98666-9810 NO POSTAGE NECESSARY IF MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES BUSINESS REPLY BY MAIL FIRST CLASS PERMIT NO. 492 VANCOUVER, WA POSTAGE WILL BE PAID BY ADDRESSEE For an alternative format, contact the Clark County ADA Compliance Of/ f/ ice.<br><br> Voice (360) 397-2025 TTY (360) 397-2445 E-mail ADA@clark.wa.gov Recyclable Recycled 4/05 Printed on 100 percent recycled paper containing 50 percent post-consumer waste. The Naturally Beautiful Backyards Program is a partnership of Clark County Public Works Solid Waste Program Clark County Master Composter/Recycler Program Clark County/WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center H&H Wood Recyclers, Inc. <br><br>