WHATCOM CONSERVATION DISTRICT'S
20th ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE
6th ANNUAL EXPO
Saturday, March 23, 2013 9am-2pm
On the Campus of Whatcom Community College
Map to Plant Sale
Orders must be received at the WCD office by
Monday March 11, 2013
Pre-order pick ups Friday, March 22nd 9am-3pm
Or Saturday, March 23rd 9am-2pm
On the Campus of Whatcom Community College
40+ Tree and Shrub Species Available
Table of Contents
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- 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
Sunbreak Nursery, Tuxedo Gardens, Tree Frog Farm, Namaste Gardens, Clearwater Gardens, Plantas Nativa, Cascadia Mushrooms, and House of Bees
Exhibitors: Washington Native Plant Society, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board, North Cascades Audubon Society, PSE Green Power, City of Bellingham Public Works, ReSources, and Whatcom Land Trust.
NATIVE PLANTS ARE INSPIRING
We have been surveying our plant sale customers for the last 2 years. Here is what you are telling us about your native plants. The results are inspiring:
- 214 wildlife & pollinator habitats installed
- 91 hedgerows or windbreaks installed
- 54 buffers on small farms to improve water quality installed
- 255 general landscaping with native plants
- 68 forest stand improvement/enhancement
- 60 erosion control projects installed
- 51 riparian buffers installed
- 76 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! Additionally, all proceeds from the plant sale support the WCD’s conservation education program. 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 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: 360 354 2035 ext 3
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 11, 2013. Pre-orders are pre-bundled for you and can be picked-up on Friday March 22rd, 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 23th, 2013 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 (360-354-2035 ext. 3) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the common name of the plants to get more information and images.
Out of Stock =
= 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
|70-100||Usually not found below 2,000 feet elevation. Its blue-green foliage, pendulous branches and nonsymmetrical shape make it a popular choice for landscaping. Avoided by deer. More Info.|
|50-60||Austrian Pine is not native to North America, but is highly adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Fairly fast growing; does best in full sun. Its branches can spread to over 20 feet in diameter, providing shade, screening & protection from the wind. 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.|
|>200||Short branches, deeply-fissured bark, blue-green needles, and purplish cones. The largest native true fir. Used for Christmas Trees. More Info.|
|Port Orford Cedar
|<100||Pyramidal shaped evergreen with buttressed trunk. Found on the west coast of Oregon and northern California. Lacy patterned foliage. 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.|
|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||Washington native – mostly found in the northeast region but also along western slope of Cascades and Puget Sound basin. Tall, straight bole with narrow, open crown and feathery blue/green needles in bundles of five. Best suited for well-drained soils. Susceptible to White Pine Blister Rust. More Info.|
|Black (Suksdorf's) Hawthorn
|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.|
(Rhamnus or Frangula purshiana)
|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||Western Washington native. Deciduous. Grows rapidly. Its light-green, compound leaves turn yellow in fall. Good in wet areas. Use for landscaping and habitat restoration. More Info.|
|25-60||Whatcom County native & our only oak. It’s tough & suitable to dry soils. Slow-growing. The shiny leaves are deciduous with 3-7 lobes on each side. Produces a very tasty acorn & is a great wildlife species. Does not do well in heavy shade. 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.|
|35-50||An uncommon Whatcom County native. Prefers planting sites that are moist most of the year, can tolerate drier sites. The small, shiny leaves quiver in the slightest breeze. Fall color is bright yellow. After the leaves fall, the trees show off their bright white bark. Forms small groves. More Info.|
(Corylus cornuta v. californica)
|6-12||Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Suckering and often forms clumps. The nut provides food for birds and squirrels. More Info.|
|9||Also called Bearberry honeysuckle. Yellow, tubular flowers and black fruit, which birds love. Grows rapidly. 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.|
||8–10||Sweet smelling white flower in late spring. Hardy and drought tolerant. Easy to grow. More Info.|
|6-15||Whatcom County native. Shaggy bark; white flowers in a snowball cluster. Its fibrous roots make it ideal for streambank and soil stabilization. Good wildlife species; tends to be avoided by deer. 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.|
|10||Western native rose grows in lower elevations of WA, showy 3-inch pink flowers. Useful for erosion control, wildlife and barrier plantings. More Info.|
|6–8||Western native rose with clusters of pink flowers and small red hips. Good for erosion control, wildlife, and barrier plantings. More Info.|
|3-5||Small native rose with multiple deep-rose flowers. Slender stems are usually covered with long, fine prickles. The most shade tolerant native rose. More Info.|
|6-25||A deciduous shrub or multi-stemmed small tree. A true upland willow that has the ability to rapidly colonize sites. Attractive gray-green bark. Important species for honey bees. 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||Western Washington native wetland, perennial shrub which is an important 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.|
|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.|
|1-2||Whatcom County native. Primarily found growing with mosses on rotting logs or big leaf maples and Garry oaks. Has a fragrant rhizome. More Info.|
|2-3||A large, tufted evergreen Western Washington native fern. Easy to grow. More Info.|
|6-8||A many branched, evergreen shrub with leathery oval leaves, shiny above and paler beneath. Pink, bell-shaped flowers are followed by dark, edible berries. New growth in the spring is coppery red. More Info.|
|<1||Whatcom County native. Ground-hugging evergreen with white flowers and red berries. Grows well on rocky, exposed sites. More Info.|
|<1||Carpet forming groundcover with clover like leaves and white or pink flowers. Does best where the soil is cool and shaded. Can be aggressive. 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.|
|<1||Mat forming perennial with succulent silvery-white leaves occurring in tight rosettes. Star-like flowers are bright yellow, open clusters on flowering stems two to eight inches high. Drought tolerant & thought to be deer resistant. The flowers attract butterflies. More Info.|
|Wildflower Seed Mix||2-3||Includes perennials, annuals and biennials in white, yellow, blue, orange, red, purple and pink.|
|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
|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.|
Main ingredients are dairy manure & wood shaving from stall bedding. The compost is free of weed seeds & pathogens & is virtually odorless. We will be offering 1-cubic foot bags. 1 c.f. bag will cover a •2 x 2 area, 3 inches deep.
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:
- 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
- WACD Plant Materials Center
- WSU Extension Native Plants of the NW
- Virtual Library of Botany
- Pacific Northwest Native Wildlife Gardening
- NW Plants
- Native Plants of the PNW