The late autumn and 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||Preorder Deadline||Sale Date|
|Benton County, OR||March 2, 2019|
|Hood River County, OR||March 22, 2016||April 5-6, 2019|
|Marion County, OR||March 9, 2019|
|East Multnomah County, OR||January 30, 2019||February 16, 2019|
|Yamhill County, OR||March 1-2, 2019|
|Clackamas County, OR||No plant sale in 2019|
|Clatsop County, OR||No dates yet|
|Columbia County, OR||No dates yet|
|Coos County, OR||No dates yet|
|Curry County, OR||No dates yet|
|Douglas County, OR||No dates yet|
|Lane County, OR||No dates yet|
|Linn County, OR||No dates yet|
|Polk County, OR||No dates yet|
|Washington County, OR||No dates yet|
|Sale Location||Host||Preorder Deadline||Sale Date||Website|
|Chelan County||Cascadia Conservation District||No plant sale in 2020||Visit site|
|Clallam County||Clallam Conservation District||January 27, 2020||February 29, 2020||Visit site|
|Island County||Whidbey Island Conservation District||January 31, 2020||February 29, 2020||Visit site|
|King County||King Conservation District||No preorder deadline.||March 14, 2020||Visit site|
|King County||Washington Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound||No preorder deadline.||April 25, 2020||Visit site|
|King County||Go Natives! Nursery||No preorder deadline.||Ongoing||Visit site|
|Kistap County||Kitstap Conservation District||January 31, 2020||March 13-14, 2020||Visit site|
|Lewis County||WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners||No pre-order deadline.||May 16-17, 2020||Visit site|
|Lincoln County||Lincoln Conservation District||No pre-order deadline.||April 2-3, 2020||Visit site|
|Mason County||Mason County Conservation District||February 1, 2020||February 21-22, 2020||Visit site|
|Pierce County||Pierce Conservation District||January 15, 2020||February 28-29, 2020||Visit site|
|San Juan County||WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners||No pre-order deadline.||March 21, 2020||Visit site|
|Skagit County||Skagit Conservation District||March 20, 2020||April 3-4, 2020||Visit site|
|Snohomish County||Snohomish Conservation District||February 21, 2020||March 21, 2020||Visit site|
|Whatcom County||Whatcom County Conservation District||March 16, 2020||March 28, 2020||Visit site|
|Whatcom County||Washington Farm Forestry Association, Whatcom Chapter||No pre-orders.||March 14, 2020||Visit site|
|Clark County||Clark County Conservation District||February 11, 2020||February 22, 2020||Visit site|
|Jefferson County||Jefferson County Conservation District||January 30, 2020||February 29, 2020||Visit site|
|Thurston County||Thurston County Conservation District||No pre-order deadline.||February 29, 2020||Visit site|