Spring had a splendid day planned for our Native Plant Sale and Expo this year with an abundant supply of sunshine, happy plant goers, and tons of conservation opportunities! Our annual sale is one of the biggest in the county, offering low-cost, native bare root plants and groundcovers. Over the years, the event has expanded from a small sale at the WCD’s office in Lynden to a large event that includes local plant nurseries and environmental organizations. This year, plant sales and accompanying educational outreach was complemented by face painting and music from our community’s youth, food, and fun – a day the whole family could enjoy.
The past three years we have partnered with Whatcom Community College, holding the sale on campus, at the Roe Studio. We couldn’t make it happen without the help and support of WCC and their grounds crew, local businesses, and the community. The 19th Annual Sale and Expo once again successfully educated the community and promoted stewardship of Whatcom County’s natural resources. This spring, over 16,000 native plants will be planted throughout Whatcom County!
Here’s what you all told us you’re doing with your native plants (from survey):
70 – Wildlife & Pollinator Habitats installed.
33 – Hedgerows and/or Windbreaks installed.
77 – Landscapes enhanced with native plants.
12 – Buffers installed on Small Farms.
23 – Forest stands improved.
17 – Erosion control projects installed or enhanced.
12 – Riparian Forest Buffers installed or enhanced.
14 – Wetlands restored or enhanced.
8 – Other – from replacing blackberries to permaculture
Special thanks to our Partner and host Whatcom Community College
Brian Keeley; Jason Lindsey, and WCC Grounds Crew; and Rob Beishline and Roe Studio instructors and students.
The following list is all who donated time, labor and expertise to help make our native plant sale a success.
- Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA)
- Washington Native Plant Society
- WSU’s Puget Sound Forest Stewardship Program
- Green Power Program (PSE)
- Grow Northwest
- Whatcom County Library System
Native Plant Vendors, selling local native trees, shrubs and perennials during our sale.
- Sunbreak Nursery
- Tree Frog Farm
- Plantas nativa
- Forest Floor Farm
- Namaste Gardens
- Tuxedo Garden
- Cascadia Mushrooms
- Wind Poppy Farm
Thank you for the music and face painting provided by Willow, Teva, and Malia from Pioneer Meadow Montessori School! We also appreciate the Meridian FFA Boosters for providing hot food and snacks.
We greatly appreciate the volunteers who helped pre-pack plants, assisted customers, donated space and gave their time up.
- John Gilles
- Leif Embertson
- Ellen Gehling
- Sonja Wittmier
- Mike McKenzie
- Catherine Harris
- Brandi Cleveland
- Deb Cruz
- Robin and Brenden Brown
- AC Hitch
- Larry Davis
- Lisa Christianson
- George Kaas
- Luanne Williams
- Barbara Curry
- Felice Gallego
- Kevin Robertson
Cub Scout Pack 19
- Ward Naf - Cubmaster
- Robert Wilson
Thanks to those who donated food and refreshments to keep all our hardworking volunteers happy and content.
- Whatcom Educational Credit Union
- The Community Food Co-op
- Trader Joes
- Woods Coffee