We're a nonprofit sale run by the Pierce Conservation District - the mission is to get environmentally friendly native plants to our residents as easily and cheaply as possible!
This is an annual event only. Here's our rough timeline: -Spring: We craft our list of plant offerings and contract nurseries to begin growing a specific amount of them. -Fall: We begin taking pre-orders for our sale. -January: The pre-ordering period closes. -Late February - early March: Over two days (Friday and Saturday), we accommodate customers' pick-up of pre-orders. During the same time we hold a walk-up sale, offering whichever plants were not reserved by pre-orders.
Kinnikinnick berries are great forage for local wildlife, while the plant's structure stabilizes soils.
Native plants have evolved to grow in the soils, topography, and climate of Western Washington. This gives them decided advantages, including greater resistance to pests and better ability to withstand wet winters and dry summers. Uses for native plants include naturescaping (low-water requirement landscapes), rain garden installations, wildlife enhancement, reforestation, wetland and stream enhancement, and erosion control, as well as landscaping around homes and farms. Native plants also serve as a responsible alternative to non-native ones, which are often invasive or otherwise damaging to our lands and ecosystems. These are just some of the reasons that Pierce Conservation District promotes the use of native plants.
The Pacific Rhododendron makes for a beautiful addition to landscaping.
Pre-orders will be taken until January 9, 2019. Plants are sold only in bundles of the listed quantities. Online order payments can only be accepted using credit/debit card. Mail-in payments can only be accepted in the form of cash or check. In the event that we cannot fill all or part of your order, a plant substitution will be offered or a refund will be available.
Native plants purchased through the District’s plant sale are bare root or plug stock, which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags. The plants are harvested from the field in winter when dormant, and at a time when they are ready to be replanted. These conservation-grade plants have well-developed roots and are easy to handle, transport, and plant. We strive to provide you with large quantities of high-quality, affordable bare root trees and shrubs. The plants are primarily grown or brokered from the Washington Association of Conservation Districts’ nursery located in Skagit County. Also be sure and check out Woodbrook Nursery’s selection of potted native plants, available only on the pick-up days.
How to Get Your Plants
Our dedicated Native Plant Sale staff and volunteers will help you find all the right plants for your property.
Sorry, but we cannot ship your plants. Customers must pick-up their plant order on one of two days: March 1 or 2, 2019 at the Pierce Conservation District office located at 308 W Stewart Ave in Puyallup (note this is a new location, map it). Friday pick-ups are staggered by last name: J-R: 12-2 p.m., S-Z: 2-4 p.m., A-I: 4-6 p.m. On Saturday, March 2, anyone can pick up their orders from 9 a.m.-1p.m.
Pre-order customers can also purchase additional plants either day. Orders not picked up by these dates cannot be maintained at our facility, and will therefore be donated to local non-profits on Wednesday, March 6 at 12 p.m. Refunds cannot be offered for orders not picked up. If you experience high mortality with your plants soon after they are picked up, please call to obtain a replacement plant coupon for the 2020 sale.
If you miss the order deadline, you can come to the walk-up sale on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please bear in mind that at the walk-up sale, some items may be sold out or in limited quantities (we order our inventory many months in advance!). The best way to ensure that you get what you want is to order in advance.
Help Us Spread the Word
This is a non-profit sale with the goal of making eco-friendly native plants available to our communities and lands; so please help us spread the word! Tell folks to visit this website.