WICD's 2017-18 Native Plant Sale online ordering began November 1, 2017. Our upcoming November 4, 2017 "Paint Your Landscape" native plant workshops are now full. For RSVPed participants, view workshop details here.
How Does Our Native Plant Pre-Sale Ordering & Open Sale Process Work?
From November through January of each year, we accept pre-orders against our native plant inventory. We reserve this inventory from our Conservation District plant grower in Bow, WA and other native plant sources, based on sales from previous years. This is always a competitive process, as other Conservation Districts and vendors are also reserving their inventory for spring sales! The plants are harvested in late winter (while dormant) and delivered to us the last week in February.
During the pre-sale period, as an order is purchased, it is reserved from our inventory. If we run out of a species, we try to increase our order accordingly, but often local growers have pre-sold all of their stock. This is why we encourage our customers to order early – you’re more likely to get everything you want. Plus, if we do run out early, we have a better chance of finding more inventory. There is also always the chance that an unexpected weather event can cause a particular crop to fail. In that case, we do our best to track down replacements or offer suitable substitutes.
Our pre-order sale typically ends on January 30, and we spend February finalizing orders, confirming our inventory, and preparing for the arrival of our plants. In a whirlwind of activity over the course of 2-3 days just before the pickup date, our intrepid volunteers help us bundle the plants into the pre-orders for pickup. There is the possibility that unsold inventory will be available for sale on the Saturday pickup date. So, support your local conservation district, and place your plant order early. Go native plants!
Tell your friends about the Native Plant Sale! Click the flyer below to learn more, visit our Plant Sale Storefront, and be sure to sign up to our Native Plant Sale email list.
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Washington Association of Conservation District Plant Materials Center Brochures
Oregon State University publication on Fire-Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes. Native Plant purchasers should be aware that although specific species of native plants may influence fire different due to a variety of factors, including plant moisture content, age, total volume, dead material, and chemical content, this does not mean that a plant is fireproof. All plants are capable of burning given the right circumstances. Also, see the "Fire-Resistant Plants" brochure in the WACD Plant Materials Center section below. Visit our Firewise Program page to learn more about how WICD and its partners are working with local landowners to promote wildfire preparation at www.whidbeycd.org/firewise.
USDA Plants Database
The USDA PLANTS Database is a comprehensive database that provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. Click the image below to be directed to the FACT SHEET HOMEPAGE where you can look up fact sheets about plants by common or scientific name. Also, you can visit the homepage of USDA PLANTS Database by going to https://plants.usda.gov/
Web Soil Survey
Click the image below to be directed to Web Soil Survey. If you are interested in learning about the soils that comprise your land, and what native plants are best to grow in them? Check out Web Soil Survey, a great soil survey data tool for understanding the soils of your land. There is a free mobile app called "SoilWeb" that you can download to access similar soil survey data as the web-based Web Soil Survey. Look for it on your App Store.
Going Native Brochure
In response to interest at WICD's "Benefits of Native Plants" talk at the 2017 Native Plant Sale on February 25th, linked below and here is the "Going Native" brochure, with lots of great examples of landscape plans using native plants.