Ethically propagated native plants of the Pacific Northwest & Columbia River Gorge
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:
The Pacific Northwest Native Plant Primer
We are excited to announce the release of our new book with publisher Timber Press, The Pacific Northwest Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden, which hit the shelves February 28, 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.
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!
Saturday, March 18th. 9am-Noon.
Rheingarten Park, White Salmon, WA.
Join us at Underwood Conservation District's TreeFest in beautiful White Salmon. Preorder bareroot trees and shrubs through UCD by Feb. 28th for pickup at TreeFest. UCD will also be offering bareroot trees and shrubs for sale at the event and we will be there with a booth full of Pacific Northwest native plants and perennials to complement UCD's offerings. We will also have our newly released book, The Pacific Northwest Native Plant Primer, with us and will be signing copies! This is a great event that is full of ways to learn more about native plants and land stewardship and we hope to see you there.
Underwood Conservation District: www.ucdwa.org
APRIL IS NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION MONTH!
This is a great time to learn more about native plants and show your love for them!
Over the course of the month in Oregon and Washington, native plant societies and various organizations sponsor and host a number of events related to native plants. There will be plant sales, lectures, workshops, plantings, and native plant conservation efforts galore to participate in and learn from. Find out what is happening in your state and area, and get out there and appreciate our amazing native flora!
Mosier Spring Fest
Saturday, April 22nd. 11am-3pm. Mosier, OR
Many say that our little community of Mosier is the gem of the Columbia River Gorge, and we agree. Spring is a great time to visit as you pass through to hike the wildflower laden trails at Tom McCall Preserve, and if you come through on April 22nd you will find the community gathered around a number of local growers and artists in the Totem Park and Mosier Company restaurant. In honor of Earth Day, there will also be a river cleanup in the morning. We will be bringing a selection of native plant starts and our new book to the event and hope to see you there!
Wild About Nature lecture series
Fridays, April 7th - May 5th.
Taking place at the White Salmon Library and the Mountain View Grange in White Salmon, WA, this springtime lecture series returns with another round of interesting topics and speakers.
Click here for the full poster and event information: WILDABOUTNATURE
More spring events TBD....stay tuned!
We have more spring events in the works so stay tuned to this website or our facebook page for updates and announcements!
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:
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.