Nursery News & Events
Plant sales, educational events, volunteer opportunities and more.....
We will feature select news & events related to native plants, native pollinators, conservation, and restoration on a seasonal basis here, so keep checking in or follow us on Facebook to stay updated.
Featured news & events:
Fall is a great time to plant native plants!
We encourage Pacific Northwest gardeners to plant native plants in the fall, especially if irrigating new plantings to get them established is difficult. If planted in the fall, native plants can take advantage of wet winter and spring conditions to transition into their new homes and develop their roots. This helps not only reduce water usage for establishing new plants, but also helps ready plants to bloom and grow in the spring.
Plan your fall planting now and take a look at our plant list to see the species of PNW native plants currently in stock at the nursery. We are open by appointment Wednesday through Sunday, so give us a call at 503.449.3694 or email us at email@example.com to set up a time to visit and we will give you directions to our nursery in Mosier, Oregon. You can also call or email us to place an order for pickup. Please note: calling is the fastest way to get a hold of us since we are a small, family-run nursery and we frequently get caught with our hands in the dirt! Happy planting!
Coming in 2023!
The Pacific Northwest Native Plant Primer
We are eagerly anticipating the release of our new book with publisher Timber Press, The Pacific Northwest Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden, which should hit the shelves in spring of 2023! We feel this will be a great resource for regional gardeners, particularly in Oregon and Washington. It contains useful information for both beginning and seasoned native plant lovers and covers more than 225 species as we make suggestions of alternate species for different habitats and ecoregions in many of the plant profiles.
Pre-order now through your local bookseller or online via Powell's or other online booksellers. We will also have copies for sale in the nursery once it is released.
Create nesting habitat for bees and beneficial insects.
When doing any cleanup in the garden, keep in mind that many of our native bees (which also happen to be solitary and stingless) spend the winter underground, in cavities in trees, or the pithy stems of plants. There are many ways to promote, protect, and provide for these vital insect allies, including specific ways of pruning and maintaining your landscape. The Xerces Society provides some great information and online publications which can educate gardeners on how to truly maintain a year-round pollinator-friendly garden.
Learn more about providing nesting resources for pollinators here:
Rogue Native Plant Partnership
If you live in the Rogue Basin we encourage you to check out the Rogue Native Plant Partnership, a group of citizens, state and tribal agencies, federal and non-governmental organizations, local growers, and educational institutions "working together to better meet growing native plant materials needs in the region" since 2016. Sign up for their newsletter to receive updates on events, sales, and volunteer and learning opportunities.
OregonFlora website is a great resource for native plant lovers and gardeners.
OregonFlora has a new, user-friendly website with information on over 4,700 plants that grow in Oregon. This is a great resource for anyone interested in Oregon's native flora and provides identification tools, as well as information on gardening with native plants. It even has a news and events page with interesting articles and links to webinars. In addition to this, the second volume of the Flora of Oregon is now in print! This is the second part of a three part, comprehensive, illustrated guide to the flora of the state. The third volume is expected to be available in 2023. Each volume contains front chapters on a range of topics, including gardening with native plants.
Take a tour of the new website at: oregonflora.org
Order Vol 1 and 2 of the Flora of Oregon or purchase the Oregon Wildflowers app here: oregonflora.org/pages/store.php
Book features Sheila Ford Richmond's home and neighborhood gardens in Hood River
Under Western Skies is a beautifully photographed and written book by Caitlin Atkinson and Jennifer Jewell that showcases innovative gardens in the American West where nature is the inspiration. It features the hard work of Sheila Ford Richmond and our very own An"Drew".
Wildflower hikes, classes and events with NPSO & WNPS
The Native Plant Society of Oregon and the Washington Native Plant Society are always planning and organizing great hikes and events to see and learn about the flora of the PNW. Join them!
Native Plant Society of Oregon npsoregon.org
Washington Native Plant Society wnps.org
The Columbia Gorge is well known for its beautiful wildflowers...
We encourage everyone to take a few steps to help protect the beautiful native wildflowers of the Gorge while out hiking....
*Clean weed seeds from footwear before hitting the trail and use boot brushes at trail heads to help stop the spread of invasive plants that could harm native plant populations.
*Stay on the trail and please don't pick native wildflowers! What looks like a common flower may actually be a rare subspecies or an endemic species and picking them could do more harm to the population than you may think.
*Do not post locations of rare plants on social media.
Independent environmental news for communities throughout the Columbia River Basin.
Current news and podcasts on a range of topics related to life in the Columbia River Basin. Read & listen up!
Check back seasonally for updates. We will also post updates & links to these events and more on our Facebook page.