Demonstration Gardens

Salkum Library Demonstration Garden  (est. 2004):

2480 U.S. Highway 12
Salkum, WA 98582
The Salkum Demonstration Garden is on the grounds of the Salkum Timberland Library. It features:

  • A “Tough-as-Nails” garden, highlighting plants that are drought-tolerant and deer-resistant.
  • Two gardens offering ideas on interesting trees that stay at manageable heights, and perennials and shrubs that have year-round (and particularly winter) interest.
  • Two raised “Hugelkultur” beds that illustrate the European technique of building waterwise vegetable and herb gardens on a base of logs and other wood waste.
  • A Firewise garden, showing the principles of landscaping to protect your home against wildfire damage.
  • Raised vegetable beds whose interesting crops vary from year to year.
  • Attractive hardscaping that includes grape and kiwi arbors and twig-art trellises.

Features are being updated and added every year. Please visit us often.
Directions: From I-5 take Exit 68 (Morton/Yakima U.S. Hwy 12 West). The library is located at 2480 U.S. Highway 12, approximately 12.5 miles east of I-5. 

Providence Place Demonstration Garden (est. 1998)

Providence Place is a HUD senior residence. Many residents have retired from homes and farms where they actively garden. The residents enjoy gardening in raised vegetable beds that help them overcome physical barriers of gardening with some assistance from Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners maintain various demonstration gardens at Providence Place where visitors can see

  • raised vegetable gardens 
  • rose gardens
  • blueberry path
  • registered Monarch butterfly station and garden
  • sitting garden
  • Japanese style garden
  • Hummingbird garden
  • tiered garden
  • native garden
  • wet area garden
  • patio garden
  • beach theme garden
  • moon garden
  • Hydragea garden 

The West and North street sides of Providence Place host trees planted by Master Gardeners and Youth Outreach Groups. 

Borst Demonstration Garden (est. 1998)

Fort Borst Park is 1 blk. W. of I-5 exit 82, then a blk. S. on Belmont Ave. to the park entrance at 2020 Borst Ave. Among the historic sites here is the Fort Borst Blockhouse, just east of the park entrance; the reconstructed log fort was occupied briefly by troops during the Indian Wars before being sold to Joseph Borst for use as a granary.

The Joseph Borst House, in the southern part of the park, was built in 1864 and is well preserved thanks to wood and joints hand-dipped in white lead to waterproof them.

The demonstration garden features:

  • a Bird and Butterfly garden
  • a Cutting garden
  • a Dahlia Garden
  • a Dye Garden
  • Grape Arbors which include antique varieties
  • a Heirloom Vegetable garden
  • a Herb garden
  • a Honey Bee Good Garden
  • a Hugelkultur
  • a  Lavender Garden
  • a Native Plant Garden
  • a Perennial Garden
  • a Shade Garden
  • a Small Flower Garden
  • a Small Fruits & Berries garden
  • a Special Project Arboretum (identifying trees throughout the garden and park)
  • a Square Foot garden
  • a Winter Garden

Southwest Washington Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden (est. 2016)

A Garden for all Seasons: Year-round interest and beauty to include shrubs, grasses, perrenials, bulb and some annuals.