NW Native Plant Garden
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GUIDE TO THE NORTHWEST NATIVE PLANT GARDEN

CHILDREN DISCOVERY GUIDE
A TREASURE HUNT


THE NORTHWEST NATIVE PLANT GARDEN
The Northwest Native Plant garden is an ongoing project of The Tacoma Garden Club. Started in 1963 the garden displays a wide variety of northwest native plants. It is maintained by the Tacoma Garden Club in cooperation with the Metro Parks Tacoma.
The Northwest Native Plant Garden includes plants from the region that ranges from Northwest California to British Columbia, and from the Pacific Coast to the Cascade and Coastal Range Mountains.
The garden is intended to be a retreat from the city and to display techniques for gardening with native plants. We hope you will enjoy spending time in the company of native plants, birds and animals that make their home in the garden.
View a printable map and directions to the NW Native Plant Garden.
TOURING THE GARDEN
Hours:
The NW Native Plant Garden is open every day of the year from sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
Self Guided Tour:
You will find the NW Native Plant Garden Guide inside the gate.
Or you can print it before hand (see sidebar).
Children Tour:
Pick up the guide (The Children’s Discovery Guide, A TREASURE HUNT) at the garden entrance and go on a treasure hunt to find 10 examples of northwest native plants growing in the garden. Look for the birds that use native plants for food and shelter. Along the way discover some interesting facts about these plants and the birds living in the NW Native Plant Garden
After this treasure hunt you will know how to recognize Skunk Cabbage, which plant the NW American Indians used to make diapers, how the robin builds his nest, and much more!
You can also print the guide before hand (see sidebar).
Docent Tour:
From mid-February through mid-November, on the 2nd and last Mondays, 9:30am to noon, Tacoma Garden Club’s members work in the NW Native Plant Garden. At these times, our docents are available to give you or your group a guided tour of the garden. Please contact NW Native Plant Garden Docents to reserve at least 1 week in advance.
Group Tour:
A group tour can also be planned on days of your choice. For information and reservation contact NW Native Plant Garden Docents.
WHAT ARE NATIVE PLANTS?
Native plants are those species that occur or historically occurred within the state boundaries before European contact. The determination is based upon the best available scientific and historical documentation. (Washington Native Plant Society)
Native plants are those species that occur or historically occurred within the state boundaries before European contact. The plants native to a region have evolved with the native insects, fungi, plant diseases, wildlife, for thousands of years. This long-time association has produced a complex web of interrelationships, in which the native plant depends upon numerous other native organisms to survive and flourish. A multitude of native organisms may, in turn, depend upon that native plant to survive.
WHY GARDEN WITH NATIVE PLANTS?
There are many reasons, among which:
  • Native plants require less maintenance (such as watering).
  • Native plants have developed ways to repel or survive organisms that harm them, making them more resistant to plant viruses and munching insects.
  • Native plants provide habitat for animals, insects, and birds. In turn, these creatures pollinate and disperse seeds.
  • Non-native plants, often called “exotic” or “introduced”, can become a problem by spreading aggressively and damaging native plants and wildlife habitat.
For more information on native plants to our region go to:
DONATIONS TO THE NW NATIVE PLANT GARDEN PROJECT
Donations for the care and upkeep of this garden and its renovation are gratefully accepted. Please send to:
The Tacoma Garden Club
Northwest Native Plant Garden Project
P.O. Box 64235
University Place, Washington 98464-0235
The Tacoma Garden Club is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3).
Your donation is tax deductible.
CONTACT US
For questions about the Northwest Native Plant Garden Project:
contact (click on link) NWNPG email
TACOMA GARDEN CLUB
Member of The Garden Club of America, Zone XII
P.O. Box 64235 • University Place, Washington 98464-0235

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