Fairgrounds Entrance Gardens

MG Cyndie Shaner shows off the pollinator demo garden (Photo by Brooke Edmunds)
MG Cyndie Shaner shows off the pollinator demo garden (Photo by Brooke Edmunds)
The xeriscape garden showcases drought-tolerant plants (Photo by Brooke Edmunds)
The xeriscape garden showcases drought-tolerant plants (Photo by Brooke Edmunds)

The Benton County Master Gardeners have created two beautiful landscape areas at the Benton County Fairgrounds entrance: A Xeriscape garden and A Pollinator Garden. These two gardens compliment their existing Demonstration Garden and we hope that they can serve as inspiration for your own home landscape. They are located by the south entrance to the Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. in Corvallis.

A Water-wise Home Landscape: A Xeriscape

Water-wise gardening conserves water and helps protect the environment. A xeriscape is a “dry scene” that uses very little water, but a water-wise garden includes any style that is designed to conserve water. Many attractive, flowering plants are drought tolerant. Some are Oregon natives, and others are from drier areas of the world.  Key elements in water-wise design include careful soil preparation, thoughtful plant selection, and efficient watering strategies.

The following resources will help you design a more water-wise garden that still provides beauty in your landscape. 

Remember that you can always get gardening help in Benton County at the Master Gardener Help Desk at the OSU Extension Office and through the Ask an Expert online service. Click here for the main home horticulture page.

Create a Home Landscape for Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds

Pollinator numbers have declined due to habitat destruction and incorrect chemical use. However, you can create a beautiful pollinator paradise in your home landscape by following these planting guidelines. Native plants often provide good sources of nectar and pollen for our native pollinators, so include native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees in your landscape. Provide a source of water with a bird bath, a small muddy area, or a fountain. Allow some areas of unmulched, bare ground. More than 75% of our native bees need these areas for nesting. 

Planting for success:

  • Provide flowers from early spring to late fall
  • Include variety in flower color, shape and size
  • Plant some larger plants to provide shelter
  • Most pollinator plants prefer sunny sites
  • Plant in groups of the same flowering plant
Butterflies prefer:
  • red, orange, yellow and purple flowers
  • flat flowers shaped like daisies, zinnias, and coreopsis
  • small flowers in clusters such as lilac, butterfly bush, milkweed, catmint, verbena, lupine, and goldenrod
Bees prefer:
  • white, yellow, purple and blue flowers
  • flat flowers shaped like daisies, berry blooms, and dahlias
  • tiny flowers in clusters, such as lavender, sedums, catmint, clover, ninebark, spiraea, and milkweed
Hummingbirds prefer:
  • red, pink and orange flowers
  • flowers shaped like tubes in all sizes, such as bee balm, honeysuckle, penstemon, and hardy fushsias
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