2017 Native Plant Sale & Expo- Still helping to get native plants in the ground.


Customer Line up 

Link to 2017 Plant Sale


Under threating but mostly cooperative skies the 24th 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 plant sales in Whatcom County. This year’s plant sale and accompanying educational outreach was complemented by WCD’s new mobile watershed explorer, food, and an outstanding raffle– a day the whole family could enjoy. 

The past nine years we have partnered with Whatcom Community College, holding the sale on campus, at the Roe Studio.  Our growing sale and expo wouldn’t happen without the help and support of WCC and their grounds crew, local businesses, and the community.  The 24th Annual Sale and Expo once again successfully helped Whatcom County residents put over 20,000 native plants in the ground. 

 Customer shopping for conifers











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

174 – Wildlife & Pollinator Habitats installed.
65 – Hedgerows and/or Windbreaks installed.
197 – Landscapes enhanced with native plants.
40 – Buffers installed on Small Farms.
50 – Forest stands improved.
55 – Erosion control projects installed or enhanced.
20 – Riparian Forest Buffers installed or enhanced.
10 – Wetlands restored or enhanced.

19 – Other – from replacing blackberries to permaculture


This year’s raffle extravaganza was as popular as ever and gave us a chance to help promote many of the local businesses we love. We had prizes from 13 local retailers, plant nurseries, restaurants, and conservation minded businesses. Congratulation to our winners and a special THANK YOU to all our donors!


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.

Educational Exhibitors

  • Mt. Baker Beekeepers

  • Water Quality Dept. of Whatcom County Public Works

  • WSU Extension – Master Gardner’s, Master Composters, Community Gardens


Local Vendors, selling native trees, shrubs and perennials, mushrooms, and art  during our sale. 

  • Cascadia Mushrooms

  • Freeborn Metal Art

  • Kortenhoeven Farms

  • Namaste Gardens

  • Plantas nativa

  • Shady Pond Tree Farm

  • Sunbreak Nursery

  • Tuxedo Gardens

We also appreciate Mi Casa Catering and Special Events for providing hot food and snacks.

 Pre-order plant packing

We greatly appreciate the volunteers who helped pre-pack plants, assisted customers, donated space and gave up their time.

  • Arianne Blatt

  • Bob Seaman

  • Charlotte Frock

  • Eliza Mae Andrews                                                           

  • Ellen Gehling  

  • Ernie Stone

  • Holly Frock

  • Janet Murray

  • Joan Hong

  • Kasey Clark

  • Lisa Christianson

  • Michelle Turner

    Master Gardeners

  • Alice Wales

  • Brabara Brown

  • Erin Moore

  • Helen Birch

  • Leslie Harrington

  • Lila Muir

  • Louise Granger

  • Marilyn Johnson

  • Marla Rodgers

  • Mike McKenzie

  • Roger Gates

  • Sandy McKenna

  • Urma Gates

  • Vic Knox

    Pre-order plant packing

        NSEA’s Washington Conservation Crew

  • James Van De Voort

  • Christopher Cabello

  • Hailey Reese

  • Joelle Blais

  • Josh Assink

  • Lani Asman


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


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