It’s Time for the 2019 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 2019 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:

Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District Currently accepting pre-orders online and plant sale and pick up will be held on March 1st and 2nd, 2019.

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Online orders begin January 16, 2019 at 6:30 a.m. This sale close on January 31, 2019.

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Save the Date: March 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Bauman’s Farm in Gervais, OR.

Friends of Baltimore Woods March 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at St. Johns Plaza in Portland

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

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?

Flowering red current provides pollen and berries for native wildlife.

Flowering red current provides pollen and berries for native wildlife.

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

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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