For a host of reasons, National Audubon and its over 400 chapters are making a special effort to encourage use of locally native plants in landscaping and gardening. These species require less water, do fine without fertilizers and chemicals, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. And that’s just part of the benefits native plants offer. Once the fall rains start conditions are ideal for planting native perennials. They should be either going dormant or slowing their growth, which eases the dramatic change from pot to ground. Rain helps ensure the roots are surrounded by soil and minimizes the loss of fragile root hairs.
The Salal Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society is holding its fall plant sale October 28th from 10 am to noon. Many of the plants were moved into gallon pots back in March and April, so their roots are well developed and vigorous. The sale will be in the nursery behind the native plant display garden, just south of the Master Gardner Discovery Garden along Memorial Drive west of Mount Vernon. The sale will be held rain or shine and please come prepared to pay with cash or check. Credit/debit cards cannot be accepted. For a complete list of the more than 140 species of plants for sale and directions to the nursery visit: http://www.wnps.org/salal/index2.html.