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Meadowscaping Your Willamette Valley Yard
Heath Keirstead | December 12, 2017

Practical tips for meadowscaping shared by professionals from the Corvallis Plant Materials Center.

A Newbie’s View of the Native Plant Sale
Melissa Medina | March 30, 2017

Just why do we hold the Native Plant Sale, anyway? Find out why this newcomer to Benton County thinks we do it.

Pollinators need nectar plants…and pollen plants
Donna Schmitz | January 5, 2017

Honey bees need more than nectar – they need the protein and fat that pollen provides.

An Afternoon Dig for Duck Potato
Julia Waters | November 29, 2016

Wapato Harvesting for Planting at Collins Bay   On a dry day in late summer, Benton SWCD’s Holly Crosson and Melissa Lemein along with myself, an OSU student volunteer, went to local landowner Marvin Gilmour’s farm to harvest wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) tubers for future planting at Collins Bay. Collins Bay is a side-channel of the

Celebrating Marvin Gilmour – Farmer/Wetland Restorationist/Engineer Extraordinaire!
Melissa Lemein | November 28, 2016

All of us at Benton SWCD would like to say a big Thank You to Marvin Gilmour, who has been the Zone 2 Director of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the past four years! Marvin will be stepping off of the Benton SWCD Board at the end of December, but he

Red-osier Dogwood
Lisa Millbank | November 22, 2016

Not only is Red-Osier Dogwood valuable to wildlife, it’s been used by native peoples across North America.

A Garden Plan for Butterflies
Jenny Brausch | November 14, 2016

We offer you a butterfly garden design to get your creative juices flowing.

Great Camas
Planting Tips for Native Bulbs
Jenny Brausch | August 31, 2016

Once you get home with a bagful of hard-to-find native bulbs, what should you do? This post will help you in your site selection, soil preparation, and bulb placement.

Native Plants for Butterfly Gardening
Bruce Newhouse | July 21, 2016

Many of our native butterflies need specific plants as larval hosts and as sources of nectar. Find out which plants to choose to attract your favorite butterflies.

A Welcome to Spring
Holly Crosson | March 22, 2016

Holly Crosson shares her spring time sojourn into the wilds of Benton County.

Oregon white oak leaves
Oregon White Oak: cherished by human and butterfly alike
Lindsay Willrick | January 29, 2016

You can help keep oak woodlands, one of the most at risk habitats in the U.S., from going extinct.

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