2020 EMSWCD Yard Tour
Each year, our friends at East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) host a yard tour to showcase yards that support clean rivers and healthy wildlife. This year, the yard tour is going online!
Instead of our usual yard-visiting tour, EMSWCD is offering you all a chance to show us what’s going on in your landscapes. Share what environmentally-friendly practices and projects you are working on, see what others are doing in their space and get inspired to learn more.
The EMSWCD Virtual Yard Tour is a great opportunity to both share and explore creative naturescaped yards and gardens – all from the comfort of your home!
Browse through galleries of naturescaped yards here!
For example, you can share pictures and thoughts on:
- Native plants as they start to leaf out and flower
- How you’ve grouped your plants using “right plant, right place” (for example: sun-loving
plants in sunny spots and water-loving plants in wet areas)
- How you have created multiple canopy layers (trees, shrubs, groundcovers)
- Rain gardens or other creative stormwater solutions
- Ways you’re creating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife
- Birdhouses or water features that invite birds to your yard
- Natural ways you build healthy soil and get rid of pests without using synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or other pesticides
- Lessons and tips you learned from our free workshops
- Weeds and invasive plants you are working to remove without the use of synthetic chemicals
- Stormwater issues such as flooding and erosion
Here’s how you can join in:
- Connect with us via one or all of our social media pages:
- EMSWCD Virtual Yard Tour Facebook Group
- Use our hashtag #EMSWCDYardTour
- You do not need an account to view content
- Share photos, thoughts and comments as often as you like! (Please keep posts related to Multnomah County, Oregon and EMSWCD’s mission to help people care for land and water)
- If you have any questions about how to participate or about using social media, please contact us! You can reach Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so excited to see everything you’re doing! So, don’t be shy – let’s share some landscaping joy with each other. This is an ongoing event; staff will be actively engaging with this online platform while the statewide Stay at Home Order is in effect, at least through June.Read more