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Native plant, tree sales coming up

Mar 6th, 2015 | Category: Growing

Bunchberry, Pacific Ninebark, Red Flowering Currant, Oregon Grape, Red Osier Dogwood, Indian Plum, Blue Elderberry, Nootka Rose, Hardhack, Salal, Kinnikinnick, Serviceberry, Vine Maple, Snowberry, the list of native plants and trees goes on. They are hardy and drought tolerant and can help with your yard and property’s landscaping from erosion control to attracting wildlife and bees. Following are some of the native plant sales coming up as well as other events.

Red flowering currant (above) has dropping pink flowers and attracts hummingbirds. Oceanspray (below) has fragrant clusters of white flowers and is a great pick for wildlife and pollinators. PHOTOS COURTESY OF WHATCOM CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Red flowering currant (above) has dropping pink flowers and attracts hummingbirds. Oceanspray (below) has fragrant clusters of white flowers and is a great pick for wildlife and pollinators. PHOTOS COURTESY OF WHATCOM CONSERVATION DISTRICT

The Whatcom Conservation District’s 22nd annual Native Plant Sale and 8th Annual Expo will be held Saturday, March 28. The District’s annual sale provides low cost, native plants to the residents and visitors of Whatcom County. Roughly 40 species of native, bare-root, conservation grade trees and shrubs plus potted perennials are available. In addition, local specialty nurseries participate and sell additional native and other unique species as well as provide great information on native plant gardening. Community groups also set up displays on a wide variety of topics including salmon habitat recovery, bees, birds, mushrooms, noxious weeds, local business, and conservation.

This year the WCD is raffling a wheelbarrow filled with garden goodies to local food gifts, including items from: Hardware Sales, Uprising Seeds, Community Food Coop, Elenbaas Country Store-Lynden, Birdhouses by George, Wind Poppy Farm and Nursery, Backyard Bean and Grain Project, Plantas Nativa, Biochar Supreme, Van Wingerden Nursery, Pure Peonies, Appel Farms Cheese Shop, Cascadia Mushrooms, Good to Go Meat Pies, Smit’s Compost and others.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. The pre-order deadline is Monday, March 16. Pre-order pick-up is Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or during sale hours. For more information, see (A full list of plant descriptions is available on the website, including soil moisture tolerance, light, growth and features.)

The Skagit Conservation District Native Plant Sale will also be held on Saturday, March 28. A variety of native trees and shrubs will be available, and most of these plants are bareroot which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags, but are harvested from the field in winter when the plants are dormant and ready to be replanted. The sale takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WACD Lynn Brown Plant Materials Center, 16564 Bradley Road, Bow. Pre-orders are accepted until March 13 and no minimum is required. Pre-order pick up will be Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plant Materials Center.  For more information see or call (360) 428-4313. (A buyer’s guide is also available on the website outlining plant features and varieties.)

The native plants for sale come from the Plant Materials Center (PMC) owned by the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD). The 60-acre bare-root nursery site in Bow produces over 70 species of conservation seedlings and cuttings. The Plant Materials Center provides plants to all the Conservation Districts around the state of Washington.oceanspray web

The Washington Native Plant Society-Salal Chapter’s 16th annual spring sale is slated for May 2. Expect to find a good selection of native trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, ground covers and ferns. No presale is available. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Native Plant Garden area of the Skagit Display Gardens, at WSU’s NW Research and Extension Center, at 16650 State Highway 536 in Mount Vernon. For a list of plants available, contact Brenda at

The Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association Tree Sale is Saturday, March 21 at the Northwest Washington Fair Grounds in the Henry Jansen Agricultural Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Trees are 90¢ each, and include: Sitka Spruce, Giant Sequoia, Fraser Fir, Deodar Cedar, Western Hemlock, Noble Fir, Japanese Larch, Norway Spruce, Grand Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Western Red Cedar, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, and Mugho Pine. For more information, call (360) 671-6988.

The 27th annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale is Saturday, March 28. This Fairhaven Neighbors-sponsored event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at  the Hillcrest Chapel outdoor parking lot at the corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th Street. A variety of plants will be offered, along with expert advice from participating vendors. For more information, including a full listing of participating vendors, visit or contact Thom Prichard at (360) 671-5517.

Additional spring sales, including Master Gardener Sales, will be posted in our calendar and next issue. Send event information to

Published in the March 2015 issue of Grow Northwest

One Comment to “Native plant, tree sales coming up”

  1. Alison Kutz says:

    This is Alison with the Chuckanut Center ( Center for Local Self Reliance)
    and we are trying to consider and nail down our date for a plant sale in May.
    Do you have a list of dates of other sales that you could share with us?We would like to avoid conflicting dates and do something really fun ! Thank you!

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