Get Ready for the 2018 Native Plant Sales

Oregon Grape is both a native plant and the Oregon state flower!

Oregon Grape is both a native plant and the Oregon state flower!

The 2018 winter native plant sales are underway at numerous locations surrounding Clackamas County. Native plants are great for your conservation planting. They are adapted to our climate, making them quite hardy, and they support our native wildlife and pollinators.

While the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District does not host a native plant sale locally, citizens are still able to purchase great plants at a terrific price from the following organizations:

Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Pick up February 3, 2018 at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District Pre-orders begin late December 2017 and plant sale will be held on March 2nd and 3rd, 2018.

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Online orders begin January 17, 2018.

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Save the Date: March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. at Bauman’s Farm in Gervais, OR.

Friends of Baltimore Woods March 31, 2018 at St. Johns Plaza in Portland.

Tryon Creek Watershed Council Early April, 2018 (TBA) at the Trillium Festival in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Flowering red current provides pollen and berries for native wildlife.

Flowering red current provides pollen and berries for native wildlife.

Please note:  This list is not exhaustive, so please check for other native plant sales in the area. Additionally, there are many native plant nurseries that would be more than happy to help you.

Want to learn more about which native plants are right for your property?

The following guides provide excellent information on trees, shrubs, and ground cover for native plants that will not only thrive here in the Pacific Northwest, but will also provide valuable habitat for our native wildlife, including pollinators.

Native Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens

Landscaping with Pacific Northwest Native Plants

Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards

Oregon white oak and camus are both highly valued native plants in Oregon.

Oregon white oak and camus are both highly valued native plants in Oregon.

Check out these quick tips for planting success:

  • Match each plant to a specific location on your property according to sunlight, moisture, and drainage.
  • Keep the roots moist (not in standing water) until planting.
  • Plant as soon as possible and water well. The advantage of winter planing is that the roots have a chance to establish before the hot, summer weather hits.
  • For bare root plants, make sure that the crown (the area where the stem joins the roots) is at the soil level.
  • Dig a large enough hole to ensure that roots are not bent back upwards.
  • When planting a potted plant, make sure the crown is at the soil level, loosen the root ball so the plant’s roots will grow into the surrounding soil, and make sure the hole is at least half again the size of the root ball.
  • Plan on watering plants throughout the first summer, and often if it is a particularly hot or dry season.

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