White Pine Garden Tour June 7

Garden Tours: Visit yards incorporating native plants

Organized by White Pine Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society

We invite you to see examples of local landscaping using native plants. Knowledgeable guides will be available at each of these locations from 4:00-6:00 pm on June 7.

Tour these locations available ONLY June 7th (4:00-6:00 PM)

Brenda Erhardt, Elisabeth Brackney, and Bette Bunzel invite you to see the native plants they have planted in their yards. Elisabeth and her neighbor, Bette, have focused on benefiting pollinators with native plants in a small portion of their neighboring yards. We have all enjoyed adding native plants to our yards to benefit pollinators and birds, conserve water, and add diversity.

Stop 1 (to see the three private yards): Please stop near 1019 S. Lynn St., Moscow anytime between 4 and 6 pm. Someone will meet you there to give you walking directions to the yards. Feel free to start at any of the gardens. Please plan to park on Maybelle or Lynn Streets. It is about a 10-minute walk between homes.

Stop 2 (to see ambitious landscaping project in progress): Palouse Prairie Charter School (406 Powers Ave., Moscow). David Herbold and perhaps others from the Parent group are working to create learning environments as they develop the landscape around this relatively new school building. David has been working with the students to learn while planting and making identifying signs there. This is a large project in its early stages, one that is very exciting for the educational potential. The school has received one of the grants from our White Pine chapter. David will be on site Wednesday to answer questions.

Visit these public spaces at this or other times on your own:

The Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center (2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow) has a collection of native plants from the Palouse. All native plants in the courtyard behind the museum were labeled through a INPS White Pine Chapter grant. Visit the courtyard during the museum’s open hours (see website for current hours) at no charge. Enter into the Museum and then go into the courtyard beyond. Donations are appreciated.

The native pollinator planting at the flagpole at the Moscow Federal Building (220 E. 5th St.) may be accessed at any time. Staff from the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District noticed the lack of native plants around the building and planted the site in 2016. They added topsoil and compost prior to planting to improve the poor soil conditions. The Latah Soil and Water Conservation District staff maintain this site.

Palouse Prairie Charter School (406 Powers Ave., Moscow). Please plan to visit on your own after school hours. The goal of this large project is to create learning environments as part of the landscaping around this relatively new school building. Students have been involved in the planting and in making signs.