WHATCOM CONSERVATION DISTRICT'S
25th ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE
11th ANNUAL EXPO
Saturday, March 24, 2018 9am-2pm
On the Campus of Whatcom Community College
Map to Plant Sale
Orders must be received at the WCD office by
Monday March 12, 2018
Pre-order pick ups Friday, March 23rd 9am-3pm
On the Campus of Whatcom Community College
Or Saturday, March 24th 9am-2pm
On the Campus of Whatcom Community College
40+ Tree and Shrub Species Available
Table of Contents
- Purpose of the Annual Plant Sale
- Order Forms
- Two Ways to Purchase
- Rain Gardens
- Plant Descriptions
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNER AND HOST WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Brian Keeley; Fred Tabor; Jason Lindsay and the WCC Grounds Crew; Rob Beishline and Roe Studio instructors and students.
LAST YEARS EXPO VENDORS AND EXHIBITORS
Shady Pond Tree Farm, Plantas nativa, Sunbreak Nursery, Tuxedo Gardens, Namaste Gardens, Cascadia Mushrooms, Kortenhoeven Farms, and Freeborn Metal Art
City of Bellingham Public Works Natural Resource Department, Mt. Baker Beekeepers, WSU Master Gardeners, Master Composters, and Community Gardens.
Interested in having your group as an exhibitor? Give us a call at 360-526-2381
NATIVE PLANTS ARE INSPIRING
We have been surveying our plant sale customers for the last 5 years. Here is what you are telling us about your native plants. The results are inspiring:
- 925 wildlife & pollinator habitats installed
- 372 hedgerows or windbreaks installed
- 222 buffers installed on small farms to improve water quality
- 1,093 general landscaping with native plants
- 265 forest stand improvement/enhancement
- 284 erosion control projects installed
- 152 riparian buffers installed
- 243 wetlands restored
- 25 rain gardens installed (new to survey in 2016)
The purpose of the WCD’s annual plant sale is to promote the stewardship and conservation of our natural resources. The plants sold at this sale are “conservation grade”, which means they are graded on their ability to survive, not on their ornamental value. Seedling plants are not large (generally between 10” and 24” tall), so your order will fit in the trunk or back seat of your car. We will have bags and packing materials available at the sale, or feel free to bring your own.
Planting native trees and shrubs can provide many positive benefits to your property and the natural environment such as improved water quality, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, reduction of wind and soil erosion, cleaner air, reduction of energy costs, and beautification of your property! This sale is a great opportunity to purchase low cost native plants and to get them in the ground before the growing season begins. Experienced conservationists will be available to answer your native plant questions.
The event is a self-supporting program of the Whatcom Conservation District with support by loyal volunteers and local businesses.
The sale will be held on the Campus of Whatcom Community College (WCC).
Whatcom Community College Campus, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. From I-5 take exit 256, head north on Guide Meridian, turn left (west) onto Kellogg Rd and go straight through the roundabout. Then turn right just before the tennis courts and soccer fields at Kelly Hall main parking lot. Plant sale is at the Roe Pottery Studio on campus. Lots of parking is available adjacent to the sale in Kelly Hall main parking lot. An alternate entrance to the parking lot is found by following W. Kellogg as it bends around to the north and becomes Stuart Rd.
See order form for instructions.
Phone: 360 526 2381
Pre-orders: are limited to buyers who purchase $100 or more and a 50% deposit is due upon order placement. Orders must be received at the WCD office no later than Monday March 12, 2018. Pre-orders are bundled for you and can be picked-up on Friday March 23rd, 9am-3:00pm.
If you’d like to pre-order but can’t meet the $100 minimum, try ordering with neighbors, friends, and family, and then split up the order. Use one order form and send in all the payments together.
Open Sale: This sale is for all purchases, other than pre-orders. Plants will be sold individually and will be on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday March 24th, 2018 from 9am-2:00pm.
Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee availability of plants on the list below. We order our plants six months before the sale and uncontrollable situations, such as crop failure, could prevent us from having all species in stock. Information and forms can also be requested from the WCD office at (360-526-2381) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSU Extension Trees of Washington - Download your free copy with this link
Click the common name of the plants to get more information and images.
Out of Stock for Pre-Sale =
= Wet, = Moist, = Dry, = Well drained
= Full sun, = Partial sun/shade, = Shade, = Benefits Pollinators
Note: Plants are native to Whatcom county unless otherwise noted.
|Soil Moisture Tolerance Range||Light Tolerance Range||
|Mature Height in Feet||Features|
Alaska Yellow Cedar
|60-90||Usually not found below 2,000 feet elevation. Its blue-green foliage, pendulous branches & nonsymmetrical shape make it a popular choice for landscaping. Avoided by deer. More Info|
|>200||Deeply fissured, reddish brown bark at maturity. Green to yellow-green needles. Fast growing. Does best in dry, sunny sites. More Info|
|>200||Does best in full sun to partial shade in well-drained areas. Needles lay flat & are dark green above & silvery beneath. Noted for its fragrant scent. Does best in full sun to partial shade in well drained soils. More Info|
|>100||Reddish brown fissured bark when mature. Long green needles in clusters of three. Most common to eastern and central WA it can easily adapt to grow throughout our region. More Info|
|25–40||Usually found locally near saltwater. The deep green needles are twisted – 2 per bundle – and cones are small. Easy and fast growing. Tend to lean over in high wind areas. More Info|
|>100||Found from Alaska to California. Stiff, sharp, blue-green needles. Fast growing tree with light, strong wood used for pianos, ladders, airplanes, etc. More Info|
|One of the most common trees in the Pacific Northwest, a graceful evergreen with a narrow, pyramidal crown; semi-pendulous branches; red-brown, scaly bark; and fine-textured, dark-green needles. More Info|
|Eastern Washington native. Larches are deciduous conifers. Their needles turn yellow before dropping in the fall. New growth in the spring is soft and light green. More Info|
|Western Red Cedar
|>100||Widely distributed native. Yellow-green to red-green scale-like leaves and reddish brown bark. Wood is rot resistant. This versatile tree has many uses. More Info|
|Western White Pine
|>200||Mostly found in the northeast region. Tall, straight bole with narrow, open crown and feathery blue/green needles in bundles of five. Long cones are collected for crafts. More Info|
|12-25||Grows typically as a single trunked tree, but occasionally as a multi-stemmed shrub. Fragrant, white to pinkish flowers bloom in late spring, producing bitter red berries loved by wildlife. More Info|
|12-30||Tree or large shrub with thorns, white flowers and black fruit in August. Excellent wildlife plant - flowers attract butterflies and fruit attracts birds. Forms an impenetrable barrier. More Info|
|30-40||Whatcom County native is used in many stream and wetland restoration projects growing in damp to dry soils in full sun to shade. A small tree, in dry years produces colorful fall foliage. Birds are attracted to fruit and the bark is harvested for medicinal purposes. One tree which beaver avoid.
|75||Broadleaf evergreen. Coppery brown, peeling bark. Flowers and fruit are enjoyed by many different birds. Needs appropriate conditions to grow. More Info|
|75||Deciduous. Grows rapidly. Its light-green, compound leaves turn yellow in fall. Good in wet areas, landscaping, and habitat restoration. More Info|
|20-30||Small tree, usually multi-stemmed. Fruits are oblong and can be used to make jelly if you get them before the birds do. More Info|
|50-75||Orange-brown or white papery bark. Attractive landscaping tree. Young seedlings are a favored food of deer. More Info|
|9-12||Also called Bearberry honeysuckle. Yellow, tubular flowers and black fruit, which birds love. Grows rapidly. More Info|
|10-20||Common east of the Cascades. In Western Washington along forest edges and clearings, often forming thickets. Long clusters of white flowers produce dark red, bitter fruit in the late summer. Wildlife relish the fruit and humans may enjoy jam or preserves. More Info|
(Acer glabrum v. douglasii)
|6-30||A small tree with slender, spreading branches and generally poor form, usually low branching. Smooth, gray bark. Fall foliage varies from yellow to scarlet-red. More Info|
|15||One of first plants flowering in spring. Bark is purplish-brown. Pendulous white flowers bloom in late winter. Leaves have strong cucumber smell when crushed. Fruit enjoyed by birds. More Info|
||8–10||Sweet smelling white flower in late spring. Hardy and drought tolerant. Easy to grow. More Info|
Western native rose grows in lower elevations of WA, showy 3-inch pink flowers. Useful for erosion control, wildlife & barrier plantings. More Info
|8-12||A Western Washington native. Upright multi-stemmed deciduous shrub can form dense thickets that are great at stabilizing soils. Large cream colored flowers have a lilac like appearance. More Info|
|15||Found at low- to mid-elevations throughout Western Washington. A large shrub, it prefers moist soils and often found growing along streams, lakes, and bogs. Long, arching branches; clusters of small, white flowers in the spring; and peeling layers of cinnamon bark are distinguishing features. Long been used as a restoration species because of its dense, matting root system which helps to stabilize streambanks. More Info|
|Peafruit (Cluster) Rose
|6-8||Western native rose with clusters of pink flowers and small red hips. Good for erosion control, wildlife, and barrier plantings. More Info|
|10–15||Late winter to early spring bloomer. Considered one of Western Washington’s most beautiful flowering shrubs with pale-pink to deep-red flowers. Will grow near salt water. More Info|
Red Osier Dogwood
|10–14||White flower cluster producing white or blue fruit. Bright red bark in the winter. Fast growing. Very adaptable to a variety of sites and easy to grow. More Info|
|4-6||Multi-stemmed shrub, found primarily east of the Cascades. Small yellow flowers in spring ripen to bright red berries. Male and female flowers on separate plants-not self-fertile. More Info|
|6-15||Highly adaptable and widespread in Western North America. Spreads by underground runners that can create large thickets. Bark is dark grey to reddish and it has white showy flowers in the spring. More Info|
Shiny Leaf Spirea
|1-3||Small shrub with cinnamon brown bark and dense, flat clusters of white flowers. Favored by bees and other beneficial insects. More Info|
|20-25||A multi-stemmed, thicket-forming shrub, can grow taller in an open site. Not known to be particularly drought tolerant and is useful in erosion control. More Info|
|6||Whatcom County Native. Persistent white fruit provides winter food source for wildlife. Provides good soil stabilization. Tolerates salt spray. More Info|
|<5||Perennial shrub found in wetlands and bogs, nitrogen-fixer. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. Aromatic. Spreads by suckers. More Info|
|15–25||Green bark. Fall foliage varies from yellow to scarlet-red. Grow as a multi-stemmed shrub or as a small tree. More Info|
|<1||Perennial groundcover with showy white bracts and red fruits. Prefers acidic soils. More Info|
|0.5-2||Perennial wildflower with purple flowers whose petals are turned backwards atop a mound of fleshy green leaves. Found along streambanks, wet meadows. Some salt tolerance. More Info|
|<0.5||Very short, creeping, evergreen shrub. Small, tubular, blue to purple flowers among dark green, glossy leaves. An alpine plant that will do well in a sunny, rocky location. More Info|
|6-8||A many branched, evergreen shrub with leathery oval leaves, shiny above & paler beneath. Pink, bell-shaped flowers are followed by dark, edible berries. New growth in the spring is coppery red. More Info|
|2||Perennial, bulbous. Narrow, grass like leaves cluster from base. Long lasting, deep blue, occasionally white flowers top a tall spike. Prefers moist spring soils that dry up by late spring. More Info|
|1-5||Rare perennial with tall spike of purple to pink flowers. Blooms all summer. Some salt tolerance. More Info|
Inside Out Flower
|<1.5||A perennial with multiple delicate leaflets and white flowers whose petals bend so far backward the flowers look like they are trying to turn themselves inside out.
|<1||Whatcom County native. Ground-hugging evergreen with white flowers and red berries. Grows well on rocky, exposed sites. More Info|
|2-5||Low, evergreen shrub typical of acidic, boggy areas. Clusters of white flowers on coppery, reddish branches. Aromatic, glossy leaves, with rusty hairs beneath. Caution plant parts are toxic. More Info|
|1-2||Primarily found growing with mosses on rotting logs or big leaf maples and Garry oaks. Has a fragrant rhizome. More Info|
|<1||Beautiful and delicate fern with contrasting black stems. More Info|
|2–5||Broadleaf evergreen groundcover. Flowers are white to pink and the edible, berry-like fruit is nearly black when ripe. More Info|
Western Sword Fern
|3-5||Whatcom County native. A large, tufted evergreen Western Washington native fern. Easy to grow. More Info|
|Wildflower Seed Mix||2-4||Includes perennials, annuals and biennials in white, yellow, blue, orange, red, purple and pink.|
Made from 100% organic mushroom substrate used to grow mushrooms then allowed to compost down naturally. It contains no animal by-products or additives. Worms do most of the work and each bag is full of red wiggler worms. Basic testing shows good numbers for NPK. It is a bit acidic so it’s great for berries, rhodies, native trees, and many veggie crops.
We will be offering 1 cubic foot bags. 1c.f. bag will cover a 2x2 area 3inches deep, 1x2 area 6 inces deep, 1x1 area 12inces deep.
|48” Bamboo Stakes||stake only||Bamboo stakes are needed for securing “Blue tubes”. We will be offering used blue tubes for FREE at the plant sale (depending on availability).
|18" Norplex Tree Protectors
|tube only||Depending upon availability, we will be offering used "blue tubes" for FREE at the Plant Sale site. Tubes protect seedlings from rodents, mowers and herbicide drift. Also useful for protecting tomatoes and other vegetable starts.|
P = (Plug): Seedling grown in a plastic tube for 1 year. A plant grown as a plug will develop a more fibrous root system than one grown in the field.
BR = Bare root: seedling with soil removed from roots.
1-0: 1 year old BR plant grown 1 year in a seedling bed.
2–0: 2 year old BR plant grown in a seed bed.
2-1: 3 year old BR plant grown 2 years in a seed bed and 1 year in a transplant bed.
P–1: 2 year old BR plant grown 1 year as a plug and 1 year in a transplant bed.
P–2: 3 year old BR plant grown 1 year as plug and 2 years in a transplant bed.
Whip: 36” unrooted cutting
Other helpful Native Plant Sites:
- WSU Plants of the PNW
- Washington Native Plant Society
- The Burke Museum of Hatural History and Culture/University of Washington Herbarium
- Big List of Fact Sheets at Virginia Tech's Department of Forestry
- USDA Plant Database
- Plants of the Wild
- Bosky Dell Natives Nursery
- LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center
- WACD Plant Materials Center
- Fourth Corner Nurseries
- WSU Extension Native Plants of the NW
- Virtual Library of Botany
- Pacific Northwest Native Wildlife Gardening
- Hansen's Northwest Native Plants Database
- Native Plants of the PNW
- E-Flora BC
- Turner Photographics
- Plants for a Future
- USDA Forest Service-Celebrating Wildflowers
- Native Plants PNW
- WSU Extension Coummunity Horticulture