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Eileen M. Stark

Landscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design, photographer and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives

Eileen Stark is a Portland-based landscape designer, consultant, and writer whose academic background includes biology, wildlife ecology, and landscape design. She is a deeply committed conservationist who strives to create awareness of the myriad creatures with which we share this fragile planet. Her design company, Second Nature Garden Design, applies permaculture, habitat preservation, and restoration ecology principles. Her book, Real Gardens Grow Natives: Design, Plant, and Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden (Mountaineers, 2014) has received rave reviews and helps guide Pacific Northwest gardeners in designing for both beauty and biodiversity. Other writings and photographs have appeared in local and national publications and her blog is an invaluable resource for those looking to design an ecologically sound, wildlife-friendly garden. She is an avid volunteer and previously worked in the animal protection field.


Garden 101: Paradise Paved – Restoring Vital Habitat for Wildlife

Bees, Birds, and Beyond: Eco-Gardening for Life

Our neighborhoods are getting more crowded. For every open space that is bulldozed, countless numbers of wildlife have lost their home and habitat—their nest, food and water sources, just gone. Gardeners are ‘first responders’ in helping wildlife recover from humankind’s encroachment. Join UW Professor of Wildlife Dr. John Marzluff, landscape designer Eileen Stark and horticulturist Richie Steffen as they share why we need to protect critically vital wildlife, how to get started, and what plants to include, including valuable native plants that not only support a diverse ecosystem but beautify your garden too.

Friday, Feb 24 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow