Sustainable Design and Natural Pest Control
- IPMopedia: comprehensive array of Integrated Pest Management information, including Sustainable Garden Design guides and free download of natural gardening fact sheets
- National Wildlife Federation "Garden for Wildlife" program: free download of wildlife-friendly gardening fact sheets.
- Washington Toxics Coalition:
a national leader in keeping toxic materials out of our homes and
gardens, free download of least-toxic building materials and cleaning
products fact sheets, free "pesticide-free garden" signs.
- Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides: free download of natural pest control fact sheets.
- Green Gardening Program, Seattle Public Utilities, Woodinville Water District, City of Bellevue, King County, Saving Water Partnership: fabulous array of natural yard care information for homeowners and landscape professionals, free download of brochures, free classes, and more.
Plants and Gardens
- Garden Hotline: free gardening advice from educated, local professionals.
- Plant Amnesty: free arborist and gardener referral service, and free download of pruning factsheets.
- King Co. Master Gardener Foundation: calendar of free garden classes, lists of free in-person plant clinics and demonstration gardens all over the county, plant tips, and a great links page.
- Seattle Tilth Association: organic food gardening and composting classes, demonstration gardens to visit, and a great monthly garden almanac section.
Nature Education and Family Activities
- Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs: A wonderful variety of affordable, hands-on nature camps, classes, walks, and special events for children, adults, and families.
- The National Audubon Society: great resources on family nature activities, gardening for wildlife, and more.
- Seattle Audubon: check their "get involved" link for lists of free Neighborhood Bird Walks, member field trips, and lots of summer camps.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology: great online bird ID guide, Feederwatch and Nestwatch programs for the whole family.
- Kruckeberg Botanic Garden: great place for a family walk, "garden tots" program, and more.
Referral Services and Websites
- The National Wildlife Federation's Certified Landscape Professional program: local companies who have been certified through the NWF "Gardening for Wildlife" program.
- The EnviroStars program and CoStar partners: easy search for local services with sustainable practices, from dry cleaners to landscape companies.
- Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals (COOL): a local organization whose members are committed to using organic landscaping and maintenance practices.
- Plant Amnesty: free referrals to ISA-certified arborists, qualified gardeners, and designers.
- Garden Hotline: free referrals to landscape professionals that meet Seattle Tilth standards.
- WSNLA (Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association): list of all Certified Professional Horticulturists (CPH) in the state.