Areas of Chelan and Douglas counties along the Columbia River, east of the Cascade Mountains, have arid conditions that create special challenges to gardeners. This region receives less than 10 inches of rainfall each year.
Homeowners who wish to observe how plant varieties respond to these conditions can view and evaluate them in public gardens in the Wenatchee Valley area and Leavenworth, WA.
WSU Master Gardeners Community Education Garden- Wenatchee, WA
The WSU Master Gardeners began developing this Community Education Garden in 2010.
The garden is located at 1100 North Western Avenue in Wenatchee. It is an outdoor learning environment for demonstrating and teaching sustainable gardening practices.
You can usually find Master Gardeners working here Friday mornings during the gardening season. Stop by to talk to us.
Read more about this garden.
Riverfront Park- Wenatchee, WA
WSU Master Gardeners designed, planted and now maintain a xeriscape demonstration garden in partnership with the Chelan County PUD at Riverfront Park in Wenatchee. We are here spring to fall on Wednesday mornings. Stop by to talk to us.
The garden can be accessed by parking at the Fifth Street Ice Rink parking lot and walking south along the Apple Capital Loop Trail. Located between the path and the Columbia River and near the Nile Saunders Miniature Steam Train station, this display includes over 40 different varieties of low-water-use plants.
Visit the Chelan PUD Xeriscape website to learn details about the garden.
Eastmont Community Garden- East Wenatchee, WA
Columbia Valley Community Health provides the space and the WSU Master Gardener program manages this project that rents seasonal vegetable garden plots to Wenatchee valley residents. Participants improve fitness and strengthen families and community as they learn about nutrition, gardening, and develop relationships with other community members in an attitude of fun.
The garden is located adjacent to the Columbia Valley Community Health Center on 9th Street & Eastmont Avenue in East Wenatchee, WA.
Read more about fees and how to apply for a plot.
Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Pollinator Garden- Leavenworth, WA
WSU Master Gardeners help maintain this garden, which was installed in 2016 to create a safe pollinator and monarch butterfly habitat for student and public education. All plants within the garden were chosen to provide nectar, and include over 200 milkweed plants. In 2016 the garden earned Honorable Mention from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Roadside Management Award.
The 2400 square foot garden is in front of the main hatchery building at 12790 Fish Hatchery Road in Leavenworth, WA. Learn more about this garden.
Douglas PUD- East Wenatchee, WA
In 2004, the Douglas Public Utility District planted landscaping showcasing low water use plants at the entrance to the PUD headquarters at 1151 Valley Mall Parkway, at the north end of Parkway, just off Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee, WA. WSU Master Gardeners assisted in the garden design and plant selection.
Visit the Douglas PUD website to view a list and photos of the plants in the PUD landscape.
Fire-Resistant Demonstration Garden- East Wenatchee, WA
WSU Master Gardeners designed and Douglas County Fire District #2 maintains a fire-resistant garden next to the fire station on Eastmont Avenue at 4th Street, East Wenatchee, WA.
Rocky Reach Dam Arboretum
The arboretum includes 40 species of trees in the park of the Chelan County PUD dam located seven miles north of Wenatchee and on the west shore of the Columbia River. The extra value of this arboretum at the Rocky Reach Dam is viewing mature specimens of these tree species. The website includes a brochure that lists the trees and a walking guide.
Bridge of Friendship Japanese Garden- East Wenatchee, WA
This pocket-sized garden at Eastmont Avenue & 9th Street offers a shady spot and reflects the East Wenatchee’s relationship to it’s city sister in Japan. It is part of the city’s park system. It demonstrates how plants respond to shade in this climate.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters- Wenatchee, WA
This garden displays how to use native plants in an urban landscape. Designed in 2009 by the Wenatchee Valley Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society, the garden is at the entrance to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters at 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA.
Read about this resource at Wenatchee Valley Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society