Appreciate Native Plants With A Unique Yard Tour Sunday

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BTB Contributor Jim Branson alerts us that Native Plant Appreciation Week starts Sunday, May 3rd, and Earnie Thompson of Normandy Park will be showing his innovative yard to the public from 10am to 3pm.

Earnie lives at at 625 SW 189th Street, on the north edge of Nature Trails Park, at the corner of 8th Ave SW and SW 189th Street (map below).

Earnie is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, and he is also on the Parks Board of Normandy Park. Over the past three years, he has transformed his property from the standard suburban yard of lawn and shrubs to a lush and vibrant garden of native plants. Over 60 species of native plants now blend into the wild habitat of the Park behind his house.

He uses no chemicals, gave away his lawn mower, and doesn’t need to water any of his plants, which are adapted to our climate. Birds, butterflies, bees, and small mammals make themselves at home in his yard. Right now, the strawberries, elderberry, and twinberry are looking especially good. Later in the year, Collomia and hedge nettle will bloom prominently.

Here’s a photo slideshow of Earnie’s innovative yard:

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The Washington Native Plant Society has many lectures, hikes, and tours to celebrate, culminating in their annual Spring Sale at Bellevue Botanic Gardens.

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