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Thank you everyone for another successful year!

See you again in 2018!







Open Sale
Saturday, March 24, 2018 9am-2pm
On the Campus of Whatcom Community College
Map to Plant Sale



Order Forms

 Check back in Mid-January for order forms

Pre-Order deadline
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

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Brian Keeley; Fred Tabor; Jason Lindsay and the WCC Grounds Crew; Rob Beishline and Roe Studio instructors and students.



Shady Pond Tree Farm, Plantas nativa, Sunbreak Nursery, Tuxedo Gardens, Namaste Gardens, Cascadia Mushrooms, Kortenhoeven Farms, Nice Nests, Windpoppy Farms, Freeborn Metal Art, Wilma’s Creations

City of Bellingham Public Works Natural Resource Department, Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 
Washington Native Plant Society - Komo Kulshan Chapter, Mt. Baker Beekeepers, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Whatcom Waldorf 8th Graders                                                                                                                                                                


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:

  • 751 wildlife & pollinator habitats installed
  • 439 hedgerows or windbreaks installed
  • 182 buffers installed on small farms to improve water quality
  • 896 general landscaping with native plants
  • 215 forest stand improvement/enhancement
  • 229 erosion control projects installed
  • 132 riparian buffers installed
  • 203 wetlands restored




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.


Plant Slae 09Plant Sale Venue!

The sale will be held on the Campus of Whatcom Community College (WCC).

Driving Directions

Map (PDF) --- Google Maps

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.



ORDER FORMS - Ready In January

See order form for instructions.
Fillable Order Form- Please download pdf.  It may not calculate when opened in a browser (printable/fillable form) ( PDF)
Non-Fillable Order Form (printable) - For those of you that can't use the fillable form - ( PDF)
Full Plant Sale Insert from Newsletter - has plant descriptions

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 13, 2015. Pre-orders are pre-bundled for you and can be picked-up on Friday March 24th, 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 25th, 2015 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



Rain Gardens

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Plant Descriptions - 2017 (2018 Descriptions COMING SOON!)

Click the common name of the plants to get more information and images.
Out of Stock for Pre-Sale = Out of Stock
Wet= Wet, Moist= Moist, Dry= Dry, Well Drained= Well drained
Full Sun= Full sun, Partial Sun/Shade= Partial sun/shade,
Shade= Shade,
= Benefits Pollinators
Note: Plants are native to Whatcom county unless otherwise noted.


Plant Name
common (scientific)
Soil Moisture Tolerance Range Light Tolerance Range



Mature Height in Feet Features
Evergreen Trees:          

Alaska Yellow Cedar
(Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

MoistWell Drained Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun   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.

(Pseudotsuga menziesii)

 MoistDry Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun   >200 Deeply fissured, reddish brown bark at maturity. Green to yellow-green needles. Fast growing.  Does best in dry, sunny sites.  More Info.

Grand Fir
(Abies grandis)

 MoistWell Drained  Full SunPartial Sun/Shade   >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.
Shore Pine
(Pinus contorta)
 WetDry  Full Sun   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.

Sitka Spruce
(Picea sitchensis)


 WetMoist  Full SunShade   >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.
Western Hemlock
(Tsuga heterophylla)
MoistDry Full SunShade  


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.
Western Red Cedar
(Thuja plicata)
 WetMoist  Full SunShade   >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.
Broadleaf Trees:          

(Rhamnus purshiana)

MoistDry Full SunShade 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.
More Info.

Oregon White (Garry) Oak
(Quercus garryana)

MoistDry Full SunShade   35-70 Stout, spreading branches form a wide, round crown. Bark is white and scaly. Leathery leaves are oblong, with round lobes, and are green on top, dull beneath.  More Info.

Pacific Crabapple
(Malus fusca)

WetDry Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun 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.
Paper Birch
(Betula papyrifera)
WetDry Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun   50-75 Orange-brown or white papery bark.  Attractive landscaping tree.  Young seedlings are a favored food of deer.  More Info.
Quaking Aspen
(Populus tremuloides)
WetMoist Full SunPartial Sun/Shade   75  Whatcom County native.  Deciduous. Mature trees have white bark.  Noted for its heart-shaped leaves that flutter in the breeze.  Forms groves.  More Info.
Water Birch
(Betula occidentalis)
WetMoist Full SunShade 10-20 Shade tolerant shrubby small tree .  Common along streams, water bodies or in wet meadows.  Can tolerate a wide variety of soil textures.  Useful in erosion control.  Provides wildlife food and shelter.  Bark does not peel.  More Info.
Black Twinberry
(Lonicera involucrata)
 WetMoist  Full SunShade  9 Also called Bearberry honeysuckle. Yellow, tubular flowers and black fruit, which birds love. Grows rapidly. More Info.

Beaked Hazelnut
(Corylus cornuta v. californica)


MoistWell Drained Full SunShade 6-12 Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Suckering and often forms clumps.  The nut provides food for birds and squirrels. More Info.
(Oemleria cerasiformis)
MoistDry Full SunPartial Sun/Shade 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

Mock Orange
(Philadelphus lewisii)

 Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun  8–10 Sweet smelling white flower in late spring.  Hardy and drought tolerant. Easy to grow. More Info.

Nootka Rose
(Rosa nutkana)



MoistDry Full SunShade 10

Western native rose grows in lower elevations of WA, showy 3-inch pink flowers. Useful for erosion control, wildlife & barrier plantings. More Info.

(Holodiscus discolor)
MoistDryWell Drained Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun 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.
Pacific Ninebark
(Physocarpus capitatus)
Moist Full SunPartial Sun/Shade 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
(Rosa pisocarpa)
Moist Full SunShade 6-8 Western native rose with clusters of pink flowers and small red hips.  Good for erosion control, wildlife, and barrier plantings. More Info.
Red-Flowering Currant
(Ribes sanguineum)
DryWell Drained Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun 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
(Cornus sericea)

WetDry Partial Sun/Shade 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.

(Amelanchier alnifolia)

Moist Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun 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.

(Symphoricarpos albus)

 WetDry Partial Sun/Shade  6 Whatcom County Native. Persistent white fruit provides winter food source for wildlife. Provides good soil stabilization. Tolerates salt spray. More Info.
Vine Maple
(Acer circinatum)
 MoistDry  Partial Sun/ShadeFull Sun  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.
Specialty Plants/Perennials/Groundcovers:       

Blue Eyed Grass
(Sisyrinchium idahoense)

WetMoist Full SunPartial Sun/Shade 2 Clump forming perennial with flattened stems and bluish purple flowers with a yellow center or “eye”.
More info

Coast Penstemon
(Penstemon serrulatus)


Moist Partial Sun/Shade 1-3 Perennial. Single cluster of blue to purple flowers atop a single stem.  Grows in moist meadows, along streams.  Attracts hummingbirds and native bees.   More Info.

Common Camas
(Camassia quamash)

Moist Full Sun 1-3 Perennial, bulbous. Narrow, grass like leaves cluster from base.  Dozens of light to deep blue star shaped flowers atop a single stalk.  Not deer resistant.   More Info.

Deer Fern
(Blechnum spicant)

WetMoist ShadePartial Sun/Shade   3 Whatcom County native.  Medium size evergreen fern with two kinds of leaves. Sterile leaves lie close to the ground and spore bearing leaves grow upward.  More Info.

(Tellima grandiflora)

Moist Partial Sun/ShadeShade <2.5 A Whatcom County native. This lowland perennial does well in moist forests. Lower leaves are very hairy but become less hairy further up the stock. Flowers are fragrant, small and white, becoming pink with maturity.   More Info.

Evergreen Huckleberry
(Vaccinium ovatum)

MoistDry Full SunShade 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.

(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Dry Full SunPartial Sun/Shade <1 Whatcom County native.   Ground-hugging evergreen with white flowers and red berries.  Grows well on rocky, exposed sites.  More Info.

Oak Fern
(Gymnocarpium dryopteris)


WetMoist Shade   1 Small fern spreads quickly and easily from rhizome. Dark to lime-green, triangular fronds can create a lush forest carpet.     More Info.

Oval Leaved Blueberry
(Vaccinium ovalifolium)

Moist Full SunPartial Sun/Shade 3-9 Edible blueberry with pinkish bell shaped flowers occurring in forested and mountainous areas throughout Washington at moderate to fairly high elevations.   Thrives in acidic soils.  Attracts birds and bees.  More Info.

Pink Monkey Flower
(Mimulus lewisii)

MoistWet Full SunPartial Sun/Shade 1-3 Clumping perennial with bright, pink, tubular flowers common in and along streams. Blooms June through September.  Light afternoon shade will prolong the bloom period. Attractive to hummingbirds. More Info.

Pacific Rhododendron
(Rhododendron macrophyllum)

MoistDry ShadePartial Sun/Shade 10 Native to Island, Jefferson, and Clallam Counties. More common along Oregon coast. Blooms in late spring. Large pink to rose-purple flowers.   More Info.

(Gaultheria shallon)

 MoistDry Full SunShade   2–5 Broadleaf evergreen groundcover.  Flowers are white to pink and the edible, berry-like fruit is nearly black when ripe.  More Info.

Sea (Thrift Sea) Pink
(Armeria meritima)

MoistDry Full Sun   1-2 Low maintenance, drought and salt tolerant, perennial. Forms a six- to 12-inch cushion-like, mound of dark-green grass-like leaves. Bright pink, purple, white or red flowers are borne on tall stems.  More Info.

Western Sword Fern
(Polystichum munitum)

Moist Partial Sun/ShadeShade   3-5 Whatcom County native.  A large, tufted evergreen Western Washington native fern.  Easy to grow. More Info.
Wildflower Seed Mix MoistDry Full SunPartial Sun/Shade 2-4 Includes perennials, annuals and biennials in white, yellow, blue, orange, red, purple and pink.
Cascadia Mushroom
Organic Mushroom
        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). Tubes protect seedlings from rodents, mowers & herbicide drift. Also useful for protecting tomatoes & other veggie starts.
18" Norplex Tree Protectors

(Blue Tubes)

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


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