2015 Native Plant Sale & Expo- Still helping to get native plants in the ground

Plant Sale 2015

2015 Plant Sale
 
Under threating but cooperative skies the 22nd Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo went off without a hitch. This year’s sale had plenty of native plant enthusiasts, gardeners, and foresters, as well as tons of conservation opportunities!  Our annual sale and expo offers 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 one of the largest annual plant sale and expos in Whatcom County. This year’s plant sales and accompanying educational outreach was complemented by music from our community’s youth, food, and an outstanding raffle– a day the whole family could enjoy.

The past seven 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 22nd Annual Sale and Expo once again successfully educated the community and promoted stewardship of Whatcom County’s natural resources.  This spring, over 26,000 native plants will be planted throughout Whatcom County.

The purpose of the WCD’s annual plant sale is to promote the stewardship and conservation of our natural resources. 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! Additionally, proceeds from the plant sale support the WCD’s conservation education programs.

 Just look at our recent community outreach efforts with Columbia Elementary!

Bucket of TreesHere’s what you all told us you’re doing with your native plants (from survey):

165 – Wildlife & Pollinator Habitats installed.
65 – Hedgerows and/or Windbreaks installed.
187 – Landscapes enhanced with native plants.
32 – Buffers installed on Small Farms.
40 – Forest stands improved.
51 – Erosion control projects installed or enhanced.
22 – Riparian Forest Buffers installed or enhanced.
32 – Wetlands restored or enhanced.
19 – Other – from replacing blackberries to permaculture

 
Raffle!!

This year’s raffle extravaganza was a brand new edition to annual sale and expo- and what an exciting new edition it was! We had prizes from over 18 local retailers, plant nurseries, restaurants, and conservation minded businesses. Congratulation to our winners and a special THANK YOU to all our donors!

 

Grand Prize Winner 2nd Prize Winner 3rd Prize Winner

Sue Aspelund
Grand Prize Winner

Luna Pahl
2nd Prize Winner
Lisa Christianson
3rd Prize Winner

 

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.

Vendors

 

The following list is all who donated time, labor and expertise to help make our native plant sale a success.

Educational Exhibitors

Native Plant Vendors, selling local native trees, shrubs and perennials during our sale. 

 

Music

Thank you for the music provided by Willow, Teva, Lily, and Caitlin 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.

  • Lisa Christenson
  • Carol Chaudiere
  • Mark Turner

 

Cloud Mountain Farm and Education Center

  • Michelle Turner

Volunteers

 

Master Gardeners

  • Pam Newland
  • Mike Mckenzie
  • Ellen Gehling 
  • Marilyn Johnson
  • Barbara Curry
  • Pat Watkins
  • Jeff Dodson
  • Judy Kasper
  • Dick Kasper
  • Roger Gates
  • Urma Gates
  • Alice Wales
  • Barbara Brown
  • Dakota Stranik
  • Gerald Wayne
  • Linda Burns
  • Jean Anderson
  • Kay Fast
  • Marla Rodgers

 

NSEA’s Washington Conservation Crew

  • Zach Shirk
  • Brady Lester
  • Cassandra Castrejon
  • Annie England
  • Brian Lindsay
  • Riley Hills

Whatcom Community College’s Global Citizens Association

  • Khan Sher
  • Arslan Bhatti
  • Adam Hardi
  • Rishali Srivastava
  • Enny Manthe

Whatcom Conservation District

  • Thank you to all the staff at the WCD who also donate their time on the day of the sale!

 

Thanks to those who donated food and refreshments to keep all our hardworking volunteers happy and content.

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Whatcom Conservation District at our Annual Native Plant Sale or at other events we host throughout the year please contact us at (360) 526-2381 or by email with Aneka Sweeney at asweeney@whatcomcd.org or with Brandi Hutton at bhutton@whatcomcd.org

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