Links to Help You Learn!

WSU’s Gardening in Washington State is a great resource for the home gardener. Topics include: How to install a floating row cover, Straw bale gardening, Drip Irrigation, Raised Beds, Vole Management and much more.

Grow Smart, Grow Safe

Thurston County Common Sense Gardening

The Garden Professors is a collection of horticulture faculty from Universities all across the United States that dispel gardening myths/problems and provide the latest gardening updates and helpful tips. They also have a Facebook page, just search for “The Garden Professors”.

Oregon State Monthly Gardening Calendar is filled with lots of helpful reminder and hints.


Great Plant Picks (GPP) is the primary educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden which debuted in 2001 with the first recommendations for a comprehensive palette of outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest. To date over 1,000 exceptional plants have been selected for gardeners living west of the Cascade Mountains from Eugene, Oregon, USA to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

King County Iris Society has lots of helpful information about growing iris.

Northwest Fuchsia Society has lots of great information about growing fuchsias in the Northwest. Check out their site.

Northwest Horticultural Society (NHS) provides inspiration and education to the Northwest gardening community through an ongoing series of lectures, symposiums, workshops and classes.

Plant Lust– Great website for ID and plant needs.

Plant/Insect ID & Keys

Searchable Database of Northwest Plants sponsored by WSU Vancouver. Don’t forget to use the “search” box or click on the “advanced search” link just under the “search” box.

Common Trees of the Pacific Northwest will help you identify common conifers and broadleaves in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to skip through the pages to learn more about specific genera, or to try your hand at identifying a tree specimen with a user-friendly dichotomous key. If you don’t have a specimen handy, go to the mystery tree pages to try to identify the trees pictured. The mystery tree page is super fun!!!

The University of Washington Herbarium The Herbarium collections are an internationally renowned resource for research into the diversity, distribution, and ecology of Pacific Northwest vascular plants, nonvascular plants, fungi, lichen, and algae. They also provide extensive online resources for researchers and members of the public. Use the online ID key to identify your plant/fungi/lichen/or algae.

Everything you wanted to know about Pacific Northwest Moths

Plant & Insect Problems



WSU Puyallup Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory

National Pesticide Information Center-EXTREMELY HELPFUL!! 1-800-858-7378

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels can be bought locally from various businesses including nurseries and hardware stores.

To make your own rain barrel visit:


Washington State Recycling Association

Thurston County Solid Waste Department
Solid Waste Info Line: 360-867-2491

City of Olympia Garbage and Recycling Information

LeMay, Inc.

Silver Springs Organics Composting Facility in Rainier

Thurston County Environmental Health & Hazardous Waste

Worm Composting
Worm Composting Resources for Adults
Worm Composting Resources for Kids

E-Cycle Washington



Thurston County Noxious Weed Department

WA State Noxious Weed Control Board

Weed ID Photos