Master Gardeners presents native plant sale

  • Fri Feb 1st, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Master Gardeners

There are many wonderful reasons to use Pacific Northwest natives: they are often long-lived and don’t need maintenance, provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought- and heat-tolerant, helpful in a warming climate. And they’re a “welcome mat” for wildlife, providing food and homes for beneficial insects, amphibians, birds and mammals.

This year’s selections include a dozen species of bare root evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials like the ever-popular red-flowering currant and mock orange.

Order plants now; they are due March 1. Order early for best selection, as quantities are limited and often sell out.

There will be many more plants available in containers at the sale, including a large selection of locally grown plants from Salish Seeds.

The Native Plant Sale is presented by the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in Cooperation with Washington State University Extension San Juan County. The sale runs from 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, March 16, at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, 849 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Orcas and Lopez islanders: Pick up orders at the Orcas Island Grange or at Sunset Builders, 10 a.m.–noon.

The WSU Master Gardener Program is a nationally recognized program that trains volunteers to serve their communities through horticultural education and outreach. Once volunteers receive training, they provide research-based, educational information to the public on vegetable and fruit gardening, native plants, ornamentals and landscape maintenance, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and many other concerns. For more information about San Juan County Master Gardeners, visit the website or call 360-378-4414.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact the WSU San Juan County Extension office at 360-370- 7663 or at least two weeks prior to the event.