SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR

Standing in line to paySPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE & ENVIRONMEBulb tableNTAL FAIR2015 small Spring Poster

Saturday, May 9, 10-4
Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
(open to members at 9:00, anyone can become a member)
- Ask the Experts
- Theme NATIVE PLANTS for BIRDS and POLLINATORS
- Rain garden plants
- Plenty of free parking
- Decorative potted plants for balconies and patios

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FALL PLANT SALE 

Date Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014
Time

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location 7744 35th Ave NE Seattle, WA Between 75th & 80th

More info about the FALL PLANT SALE:

  • If you’re interested in purchasing some new plants for your garden, Chapter volunteers will hold a Native Plant Sale. 
  • To address your questions about preparing your garden for the fall, native plant experts from WNPS will be on hand.
  • Seeds and bulbs for sale.
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Rain garden plants and information
  • Visit with our partners at the sale to find out what other organizations are doing around the Seattle area to support gardening with native plants. Visit with  King County Noxious Weeds, SPU Water Wise Program, Bats Unlimited, Bert the Salmon and more.  Bring the kids.

More info about the Native Plant sale:

Every year the sale features the largest selection of native trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers plus bulbs and seeds that are ideal for gardens in western Washington.

Choose from a wide range of botanical and gardening books or get gardening advice from native plant experts at the sale.

Attend the workshop on  Creating your own Rain Garden.

Bring your own trays or boxes please! Come early for best selection.

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2014 Spring Sale & Celebration Almost Here!

2014 small Spring PosterMy how time flies.  Our spring sale and Celebration is almost upon us.  It will be from 10-4 on Saturday, May 3rd, and will again be on Mercer Island in Mercerdale Park (77th Ave and 32nd St).  This is just a few blocks off of I90. Easy on and easy off and plenty of free parking.

This year we have over 200 species of native plants for you to select from.  No retail nursery carried the number of native plant species we will have available for you.  To see the species we expect to have, click on the Species List tab above. Lists by Latin names, common names & plant types (shrub, tree, etc.).  Rain Garden plants will be featured.

Plan on coming to our Rain Garden talk at 11:00.  Find out what Rain Gardens are and why you might want one.  Even if you are not ready to add native plants to your yard, you should come and see what plants are available and what they look like.

  • Planted pots for decks and balconies
  • Rain garden plants & talk
  • Ask Experts
  • Environmental Fair
  • Abundant FREE parking
  • Huge Native Plant selection
  • Children’s tables

Enjoy other environmental organizations that will be there to answer your garden and wildlife habitat questions are:

  • KC noxious weeds
  • Seattle Audubon
  • Forterra
  • Garden Hotline
  • Friends of Cedar River
  • Kruckeberg Gardens
  • MI Farmer’s Market
  • Flora & Fauna Books (unless it rains)
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We had a great fall sale with beautiful weather!

Selling Lots of seedsIMG_4596The fall sale was a  great success!  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put the fall sale on and to all our customers who bought our beautiful native plants.

Save the date May 3 for our spring sale on Mercer Island in Mercerdale Park.  Note:  the sale will be one week earlier than our previous sales.

Checking out with the talliers

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We had a great sale, thank you all!

The 2013 fall sale lists of the plants, seeds, bareroot and bulbs are still posted.

The hedgerow below is all native shrubs and trees.

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Fall Native Plant Sale and Celebration at New Location

2013FallSale pumpkinsThis year’s Fall Native Plant Sale and Celebration will be held October 5 at 7744 35th Ave. NE Seattle, WA.  This is the location of Hunter Farms Christmas Tree lot between 77th and 80th Streets.  They will be selling pumpkins in the front and the Fall Sale will be behind.

  • Huge selection of native plants,  seeds and bulbs
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Rain garden plants
  • Propagation information
  • Expert help with your questions and plant selections
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Spring Sale Plant lists now available. Click on “Species List”

The most current Spring Sale Plant lists now available.  Click on “Species List”

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Plant of the Month: Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus)

Plant of the Month: Devil’s Club Oplopanax horridusIMG_0474
By Janka Hobbs

“Because it is such a fearsome plant in the path of the out-of-doorsman, the decided ornamental value of this plant is often overlooked. It merits a place in the garden, in a moist spot, where it can be seen but not necessarily encountered. The fruits are especially attractive” C. Hitchcock, A Cronquist, et al. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Vol.3

Devils club is another iconic Northwest damp forest species, with a range from Southern Alaska to Southern Oregon, and East just into into Montana. It also occurs in a disjunct population on several islands in Lake Superior. Here in the Puget Sound Lowlands, I tend to encounter it on seepy hillsides: shade, damp, and decent drainage.

Oplopanax, a member of the Aralaceae, is related to Panax (ginseng). There are also two species of Oplopanax native to Asia, which were once considered subspecies of O. horridus.  Oplopanax is a highly esteemed medicinal throughout its range, having multiple uses in both Native American and Asian medicine. Nancy Turner states that there are “13-15 separate etymons for it in more than 25 different languages,” showing the plant’s importance to many different cultures.

Perhaps because of its spiny nature and medicinal strength, devil’s club was credited with protective properties, and used for purification and spiritual cleansing.

It was also used to treat rhumatism, as a dermatological aid (including wound care), digestive upset, and tuberculosis. Some diabetics taking the extract have been able to maintain their health without resorting to insulin injections. An extract of Oplopanax japonicus is used in a cough suppressant. The lightweight wood was also made into fishing lures.

The young stalks can reportedly be steamed and eaten; Bears are reported to fancy the berries.

Bibliography:

Turner, Nancy “Traditional Use of Devil’s Club (

Oplopanax horridus; Araliaceae) by Native Peoples in Western North America” in Journal of Ethnobiology v.1-2, 1981-1982

C. Hitchcock, A Cronquist, et al. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Vol. 3, 1961

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oplopanax_japonicus.

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