You Can't Garden Here!
Gardening in the cold, dry, windy interior Pacific Northwest can be challenging. Your friends on the wet side of the mountains in the benign climate along the coast may wonder about your sanity when it comes to gardening. They may even believe it when they say, "You can't garden here!" But you know better. It all comes down to understanding your microclimate, choosing appropriate plants, and putting in a little effort to push the season or your zone.
The Interior Northwest covers the large territory between the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains from the Canadian Okanogan south almost to the Great Basin. It is far from a monolithic area, with numerous microclimates that affect gardening.
From Kamloops to Burns, Ellensburg to Missoula, Bend to Boise gardening in the Interior Northwest is fun, but sometimes challenging. Come back frequently for tips and ideas to spur you on.
Check out the Blog section for information about gardening “East of the Rain and West of the Cold.”
Browse the Photo Gallery for ideas and inspiration from outstanding gardeners with real-world solutions. You'll find photos from all seasons and covering dozens of gardens in many communities large and small throughout the Interior Northwest.
Photographer Mark Turner travels extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest. His garden photography east of the Cascades is on this site. Visit Mark's other websites, Turner Photographics and Pacific Northwest Wildflowers, for more photos.