Discovery Garden

A year-round educational garden and teaching facility.  

A garden for the community for all ages and abilities. 

A garden to restore and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.

  • Xeriscape
  • Containers and Raised Beds
  • Herbs
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Pruning Demo Garden
  • Compost Area
  • Worm Bins
  • Pavilion
  • Hedge Row
  • Raised Beds (Lilies, Dahlias, Day Lilies)
  • Children's Garden
  • Rose Entry Garden
  • Donor Boards

To find the Discovery Garden, go West from I-5, exit 125 on Garden Valley Blvd. to Old Garden Valley Road and follow the signs to River Forks Park. The Discovery Garden entrance is just before the park's entrance.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is harmony with nature through the use of plants, stones and water.  Serenity and peaceful beauty emerge, offering quiet places to meditate and contemplate.

Important aspects:

  • Use existing landscape as element (i.e., visually frame with archway)
  • Water - ponds, streams, waterfalls (can mimic with rock formation)
  • Bridges - slabs of stone, arches
  • Stone lanterns
  • Stones - used as design element, jutting from water or raked sand garden
  • Sand - raked like flowing water or simple straight lines
  • Pathway - curve around special features, directing visitor through the garden
  • Empty spaces - avoid overcrowding, keep it simple

Suggested Plants:

  • Trees - Japanese Maple, gnarled old pines, Flowering Plum
  • Shrubs - Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas, Wisteria, Bamboo
  • Reeds and grasses