Wintertime may seem gloomy, but the promise of a new growing season is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to set your plans into motion. Consider beautifying your yard, pollinator garden, or hedgerow with native plants! Several of our local area soil and water conservation districts offer native tree, shrub, and plant for sale each year. Native plants are an excellent addition to your landscape for many reasons:
- Native plants create habitat to support native wildlife including pollinators and beneficial insects
- Native plants require little to no water after they are established besides good, old Oregon rain (environmentally friendly AND less work for the homeowner!)
- Native plants grow happily and heartily in their native soil, reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers
A wide variety of local, native plant species ideal for the Willamette Valley are readily available for a great price from the following soil and water conservation districts. Additionally, you can read up on Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards and Tips for Naturescaping at the links below.
Yamhill SWCD – Order are being accepted now online – the deadline for orders is January 30, 2015. Pick up dates are February 5-7, 2015 at 2200 SW 2nd St. McMinnville, OR.
East Multnomah SWCD – Online pre-orders begin Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and the order deadline in February 4, 2015. Pick up date is Saturday, February 21, 2014 at 5211 N. Williams Avenue, Portland, OR.
Marion SWCD – Come and pick out your plants Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2015, at Bauman Farms, located at 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais, OR. No pre-orders are available for this sale.
Photograph of butterfly and yarrow courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.