MONROE — It’s not your typical plant sale.
That’s what Snohomish Conservation District spokeswoman Lois Ruskell has to say about the district’s 32nd annual sale of native plants.
Plants that are native to our region need less tending and create habitat for local wildlife. And they are generally more affordable that what gardeners might find in nurseries.
The deadline to order these plants in advance and take advantage of a better selection is 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.theplantsale.org. The popular sale typically moves more than 60,000 deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and groundcovers, Ruskell said.
Pick-up day and the regular sale event is Feb. 11 on the grounds of the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. In addition to plants, people can buy rain barrel kits, tree protectors and pollinator seed packets. Credit cards will be accepted.
In addition, those who attend can visit number of educational booths run by the Conservation District and other public agencies.
Learn how to plant your new trees and shrubs. Get help picking out plants that work well in a rain garden.
Find red-flowering currant, lady fern, Western trillium, Western white pine, Cascade huckleberry, baldhip rose, Garry oak, slough sedge, soft rush and tufted hair grass.
Also pickup lingonberry starts, common camas, blanketflower, Nootka rose, serviceberry, columbine, echinacea, penstemon, mock orange, lupine, cascara, snowberry, vine maples, red osier dogwood, bunchberry, Western red cedar, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and madrona.
And if you can spare some time, volunteers are needed to help sort the plants before Feb. 11.
“Come join us for a sorting party, make new friends and enjoy coffee, snacks and a volunteer gift for every shift worked,” Ruskell said. Sign up to volunteer at www.theplantsale.org/volunteer.
If you go
Snohomish Conservation District plant sale, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11, commercial building No. 400, Monroe fairgrounds, just off Highway 2.
Order ahead by Jan. 31 at www.theplantsale.org.
More information is available at 425-335-5634, ext. 4.