By using native plants, natural landscapes and environmentally friendly gardening practices, homeowners can create a beautiful backyard oasis and reduce runoff and pollution.

For ideas on how this is possible, the city is hosting a free, four-hour workshop on basic naturescaping. The Southwest workshop will be Oct. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Berry Botanic Gardens.

Those who learn these practices find that they use less water, fewer expensive chemicals and are required to do less maintenance on their yards, according to the city.

The workshop includes cases of naturescaping with before and after illustrations, advice on landscape design and native gardening and a chance to network with neighbors, identify native plants and take a short outdoor field trip to a nearby home or community project to see naturescaping in action.

Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 503-797-1842 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Naturescaping for Clean Rivers program is a partnership of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Environmental Services, the City of Portland and Metro.

Berry Botanic Gardens is located at 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave.

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