Need some gardening help? Not sure what types of plants will grow in your yard? Need to know how to get your soil tested or how to create a native landscape that is wildlife friendly and easy maintenance? You need to join a Clark County Gardening Club! These clubs are passionate about plants – from native to exotic – and are ready to help you plant the Clark County garden of your dreams!

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Gardening clubs can help you with types of plants will grow best in your yard, how to keep the plants you have healthy and more. Photo credit: Kristina Lotz

Community Garden Club of Camas/Washougal

The Community Garden Club of Camas/Washougal has been an incredible source of knowledge for over seven decades! The nonprofit works to cultivate the love of gardening by spreading knowledge and environmental stewardship, and producing lots of fun and friendship!

The club has monthly meetings August through May, except in December, at the Camas Community Center. All are welcome at the meeting, whether you are a member or not. Presentations at meetings cover anything under the sun that has to do with gardening. The club also has philanthropic endeavors, including donating time and goods to local charities. They also put on an annual plant sale that acts as their main fundraiser. Annuals dues are just $12. For more information, visit the Community Garden Club of Camas/Washougal website or Facebook page. In both places you can find information on their next classes and presentations. Of course, you are always welcome to contact them with any garden-related questions!

Fort Vancouver Rose Society

Do you love roses? Join the Fort Vancouver Rose Society! They are a member of the American Rose Society and for over 70 years they have helped Clark County citizens grow beautiful roses. They are open to anyone with a love of roses. The Fort Vancouver Rose Society has a lot of educational activities for those wishing to learn more about growing, planting, pruning and more. You can see them at events throughout the year, or attend their meetings! For more information, visit the Fort Vancouver Rose Society website.

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Gardening clubs often go on field trips to nearby famous gardens, like The International Rose Test Garden in Portland. Photo credit: Elizabeth R Rose

WSU Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County

While not technically a club, the WSU Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County is always looking for volunteers and it’s a great way to learn more while also sharing your knowledge with fellow gardeners! Everyone is invited to their events and to become a member. As a nonprofit, your membership is tax deductible! Who knows, you may decide to take the courses to become a master gardener yourself. To learn more about upcoming events and how to get involved, check out the WSU Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County website.

Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs

The Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs has affiliate clubs all throughout Washington State. These clubs hold activities in a wide range of garden-related topics including floral and landscape design, conservation and environmental stewardship, and of course, general garden knowledge. They have events for youth and also scholarship opportunities.

Clark County Newcomers Group Garden Club

The Clark County Newcomers Group has many different clubs to help residents get plugged in and meet others who share the same interests. One of these groups is their garden club. Monthly meetings include garden tours, talks and just general get together time where gardeners can share tips and tricks, as well as their latest plant purchases or harvest news! Anyone can join, whether you just moved to Clark Country or lived here all your life. You can find out more at the Clark Country Newcomers Club website.

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The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon has a Clark County chapter with many fun activities throughout the year. Photo courtesy: Hardy Plant Society of Oregon

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon – Clark County

The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon has over 2,900 members, making it one of the largest west coast gardening clubs! They do have a Clark County Region group, which is great news for those north of the Columbia River that want to participate in all the club has to offer! The nonprofit shares gardening ideas, plants and friendships, says Vicki Green, first vice president for the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and a participating member of the Clark County Regional group. “Our focus is on education whether it be a formal presentation, timely articles in our monthly newsletter or simply gardener to fellow gardener,” she adds. “We maintain the Grant House Gardens on Officers Row in Vancouver in cooperation with the Fort Vancouver Historical Trust. We also plan occasional field trips to area nurseries and we encourage our members’ participation in HPSO events. Connecting gardeners who often form lifelong friendships is perhaps the best perk of membership in HPSO-CC.”

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each Month from March through October. To join, you must first become a member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, which costs $40 for one person or $50 for two people in the same household. They also have a student member for $25. Learn more and join by visiting the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon website.

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