Heritage gardens

A free workshop about heritage gardens is planned March 23 in Yakima. (Benton Conservation District)

A free workshop about low water-use landscaping and heritage gardens is planned March 23 in Yakima.

Heather Wendt and Ann Autrey will introduce the Heritage Garden Program to the Yakima area, according to a news release. The program is dedicated to creating water-wise landscapes and gardens in the arid portion of the Columbia River basin. In addition to water conservation, Heritage Gardens incorporate and honor the natural and cultural features of this area.

The program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive. People should register by Monday by clicking here.

Jeff DeBlasio of HD Fowler Company will present basics on micro irrigation, also called drip irrigation. The method waters with lower pressure and flow than a traditional sprinkler system, using pipe, filters, valves, tubing and emitters.

The program is being offered by the North and South Yakima Conservation Districts in partnership with the Benton Conservation District and the Columbia Basin Chapter of the WA Native Plant Society. Funding is provided by the Department of Ecology through the municipal subgroup of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.