Interested in using native plants in your landscape? There are many wonderful reasons to use PNW natives: they are often long lived and don’t need maintenance, they provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought and heat tolerant, helpful in a warming climate. And they’re a “welcome mat” for wildlife, providing food and homes for beneficial insects, amphibians, birds and mammals.
This year’s selections include a dozen species of bare root evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials like the ever-popular Red Flowering Currant and Mock Orange.
Order your plants now. Orders are due March 1. Order early for best selection, as quantities are limited and often sell out.
There will be many more plants available in containers at the sale, including a large selection of locally grown plants from Salish Seeds. Full descriptions, cultural requirements, and the order form are located here.
The annual Native Plant Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, March 16 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor. People from Orcas Island can pick up their orders from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Orcas Island Grange, Lopez Islanders can pick up their orders from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Sunset Builders.
The annual sale is presented by the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in Cooperation with Washington State University Extension San Juan County.
The WSU Master Gardener Program is a nationally recognized program that trains volunteers to serve their communities through horticultural education and outreach. Once volunteers receive training, they provide research-based, educational information to the public on vegetable and fruit gardening, native plants, ornamentals and landscape maintenance, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control, and many other concerns. For more information about San Juan County Master Gardeners visit the web site or call 360-378-4414.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact the WSU San Juan County Extension office at 360-370- 7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the event.