Despite spring’s drizzling skies, long lines, and blustery winds the 21st Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo was a success with plenty of 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 music from our community’s youth, food, and fun – a day the whole family could enjoy.
The past six 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 21st Annual Sale and Expo once again successfully educated the community and promoted stewardship of Whatcom County’s natural resources. This spring, over 18,000 native plants will be planted throughout Whatcom County!
Here’s what you all told us you’re doing with your native plants (from survey):
132 – Wildlife & Pollinator Habitats installed.
54 – Hedgerows and/or Windbreaks installed.
146 – Landscapes enhanced with native plants.
38 – Buffers installed on Small Farms.
45 – Forest stands improved.
35 – Erosion control projects installed or enhanced.
27 – Riparian Forest Buffers installed or enhanced.
42 – Wetlands restored or enhanced.
22 – 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.
- City of Bellingham Natural Resource Division
- Washington Native Plant Society, Koma Kulshan Chapter
- PSE Green Power Program
- Whatcom County Library Systems
- Wild Whatcom
Native Plant Vendors, selling local native trees, shrubs and perennials during our sale.
- Plantas nativa
- Sunbreak Nursery
- Tuxedo Gardens
- Namaste Gardens
- Cascadia Mushrooms
- Kortenhoven Farms
- Windpoppy Farms
- Bird Houses by George Van Achte
- Pure Peonies
- Biochar Supreme
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.
- Ellen Gehling
- Leaf Schumann
- Lisa Christenson
- Jennica Kilcher
- John Gillies
- Carolyn Hunt
- Carol Chaudiere
- Katy Burmaster
- Louise Granger
- Marilyn Johnson
- Barbara Curry
- Christa Russell
- Jeff Dodson
- Alasia S. Canares
- Erick Kamisasanuki
- Suneeta Eisenberg
- Alice Wales
- Kate Nichols
- Judy Wayt
- Ayesha Brookshier
- Linda Burns
- Angie Kelly
- Collin McAvinchey
- Elizabeth Orta
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