Go on a virtual tour of native plant gardens across the Rogue Valley
Below are virtual visits to a dozen native plant gardens across the Rogue Valley. On the right are resources on how to support native plants in your garden and where to find them.
If you enjoy the videos, we welcome your financial support. The Jackson County Master Gardeners Association is a volunteer-run non-profit organization. You can make a donation here ($10 recommended donation).
Why native plants?
They need less water and fewer chemicals when established.
They attract native pollinators, birds and other helpful creatures.
They preserve our natural landscape and support a healthy and diverse ecosystem.
They provide critical habitat connections for birds and wildlife.
- PDF download: Where to Buy Native Plants in & around the Rogue Valley
- Website: A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: How to Create Habitat for Birds in Urban Settings
- Klamath Siskiyou Native Seeds (klamathsiskiyouseeds.com) Providing the general public, gardeners, nurseries, habitat restoration practitioners and land managers with wildcrafted seeds from the Klamath-Siskiyou mountains of northern California and southern Oregon.
- Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon (npsoregon.org) To receive E-news featuring community programs and hikes: send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to firstname.lastname@example.org. No subject or message is required. You will get a confirmation email. Facebook page.
- Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships (YouTube presentation)
- PDF download: Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
- PDF download: Gardening with Oregon Native Plants West of the Cascades
- PDF download: Recommended Plants: California Sierra Foothills Region (NOTE: The Rogue Valley and the Sierra Foothills are the same ecoregion with the same flora and fauna)
A forested garden alive with native plants
Vikie Sturtevant and Alan Armstrong moved to their forested lot in Ashland over 20 years ago. They have researched and travelled far and wide to find interesting native plants to add to their collection.
A love of butterflies inspired this native streamside garden
Jim Stumbo has always loved butterflies. When he moved to this Ashland property, his first goal was to plant milkweed to feed the Monarchs.
Many natives thrive in this garden with minimal irrigation
Monette Hoffmeister and her husband moved to their Medford site in 2018. Monette set about sourcing and planting native plants which thrive in our area.
At VerdantPhoenix, native plants provide both food and beauty
Rhianna Simes and Kerrick Gooden have planted and cultivated a permaculture garden on their urban farmstead in Phoenix, Oregon.
Even a smaller city lot can hold many native plants
Viki and Dick Ashford moved to their new neighborhood in Ashland a few years ago. Viki has been persistent in finding and planting native shrubs and perennials.
Getting rid of invasive plants was the first order of business
Darren Borgias and Gaia Layser started with a hillside lot in Ashland that was overgrown with blackberries and non-native grasses. Overtime, they have rooted out the invasive species and have returned the land to its origins as a pine-oak woodland.
High above Medford, a garden welcomes wildlife
Teresina and Paul Christy’s garden in the Medford hills demonstrates how native plants can be integrated into a traditional landscape.
Love your pollinators. Feed them through the seasons
Kristina Lefever at the Pollinator Project in Phoenix have created a street side garden to highlight the native pollinator plants that thrive in our area.
A historic house and a garden to match—links to the past
When John and Bonnie Rinaldi moved to the historic district in Ashland, they inherited an amazing garden developed over many years by Jim Duncan and his wife Elaine Plaisance.
An established garden can include native plants, too.
Maggie and John Felling’s lovely garden in Medford is another example of a traditional garden that also incorporates native plants.
Inspired by Douglas Tallamy, this garden is designed to support native insects and feed the baby birds
Sherri Morgan’s garden in Ashland is relatively new. It now showcases both Mediterranean and native plants and is open to folks strolling by.
Hopefully, the public will be able to visit this garden on Hanley Road soon.
Jackson County Master Gardeners care for over 20 demonstration gardens at the SOREC site in Central Point on Hanley Road. The native plants garden and others will be open to the public when Covid restrictions are eased.
Suzie Savoie of Klamath Siskiyou Seeds took the beautiful photo of Madia elegans that we have used for our graphic.