The winter wet season in the Pacific Northwest is an ideal time to plant young trees and native shrubs!
Planting native trees and shrubs enhances forest biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife and forage for pollinators. It’s also a great way connect to the land and increase your aesthetic and recreational appreciation for the forest.
Also, as you select plants for your forest – keep these guiding thoughts in mind:
- Right tree, right site. Make sure the tree and plant species are well-matched to the soil type and environmental conditions. Vegetation that may have held its own on a marginal site during normal climatic conditions is less likely to survive in hotter and drier conditions. For instance, on dry, gravelly soils – drought-tolerant species are needed.
- When it comes to planting, timing is important. Planting before the start of the spring growing season helps ensure survival. It give small plants time to recover from the shock of transplanting. During the winter months when there is less daylight, plants direct their energy into growing their roots so they can connect to nutrients and water in the soil. They’ll tap into these resources during the growing season as well as to survive the hot and dry times of late spring through early autumn.
- At lower elevations, planting in late fall or early winter gives plants a head start.
- In mid-elevation areas, late winter and early spring is the time to put new trees and shrubs in the ground.
Find a native plant sale near you for a diverse array of seedlings and shrubs suited to your region. Make sure you pre-order as soon as possible to get the plants you want!
|Sale Location||Host||Preorder Deadline||Sale Date||Website|
|Benton County||Benton County Soil & Water Conservation District||Pre-orders closed||February 4-6, 2022||Visit site|
|Hood River County||Hood River County Soil & Water Conservation District||April 1-2, 2022||Visit site|
|Marion County||Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District||February 21, 2022||March 11-12, 2022||Visit site|
|East Multnomah County||East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District||No plant sale noted for 2022. See nearby counties.||Visit site|
|East Multnomah County||Friends of Baltimore Woods||March 15, 2022||March 30 – April 1, 2022||Visit site|
|Multnomah County||Sparrowhawk Native Plants||Ordering starts February 15, 2022||Visit site|
|Yamhill County||Yamhill County Soil & Water Conservation District||February 11-12, 2022||Visit site|
|Clackamas County||Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District||No plant sale noted for 2022. See nearby counties.||Visit site|
|Columbia County||Scappoose Bay Watershed Council||No pre-order deadline||April 9, 2022||Visit site|
|Columbia County||Columbia County Small Woodlands Association||No pre-order deadline||March 12, 2022||Visit site|
|Lincoln County||Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District||Ongoing||Visit site|
|Lane County||Oregon Small Woodlands Association Lane County Chapter||February 5, 2022||Visit site|
|Linn County||Linn County Soil & Water Conservation District||No plant sale noted yet. See nearby counties||Visit site|
|Polk County||Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District||No pre-order deadline||March 3-5, 2022||Visit site|
|Washington County||Washington County Small Woodlands Association||March 12, 2022||Visit site|
|Sale Location||Host||Preorder Deadline||Sale / Pickup Date||Website|
|Chelan County||Cascadia Conservation District||No plant sale in 2022||Visit site|
|Clallam County||Clallam Conservation District||January 23, 2022||First week of March, 2022||Visit site|
|Ferry County||Ferry Conservation District||April 15-16, 2022||Ferry County|
|Island County||Whidbey Island Conservation District||January 31, 2022||February 26, 2022||Visit site|
|King County||King Conservation District||No preorder deadline.||March 12-13, 2022||Visit site|
|King County||Go Natives! Nursery||No preorder deadline.||Ongoing||Visit site|
|Kistap County||Kitsap Conservation District||No pre-order deadline.||March 11-15, 2022||Visit site|
|Klickitat County||Underwood Conservation District||February 28, 2022||March 19, 2022||Klickitat County|
|Lewis County||WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners||May 21-22, 2022||Visit site|
|Lincoln County||Lincoln Conservation District||No pre-order deadline.||March 31-April 1, 2022||Visit site|
|Mason County||Mason County Conservation District||February 1, 2022||February 25-26, 2022||Visit site|
|Pierce County||Pierce Conservation District||January 15, 2022||April 15-16, 2022||Visit site|
|San Juan County||WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners||Pre-orders open January 2022||March 2022||Visit site|
|Skagit County||Skagit Conservation District||No plant sale scheduled yet.||Visit site|
|Snohomish County||Snohomish Conservation District||February 4, 2022||March 5-6, 2022||Visit site|
|Stevens County||Stevens County Conservation District||April 1-2, 2022||Stevens County, WA|
|Whatcom County||Whatcom County Conservation District||March 7, 2022||March 19-20, 2022||Visit site|
|Whatcom County||Washington Farm Forestry Association, Whatcom Chapter||No pre-orders.||March 19, 2022||Visit site|
|Clark County||Clark County Conservation District||February 18, 2022||February 19, 2022||Visit site|
|Jefferson County||Jefferson County Conservation District||January 28, 2022||February 26, 2022||Visit site|
|Thurston County||Thurston County Conservation District||March 3-5, 2022||Visit site|