News from The Wild
interest, even passion, in the magnificent native plants
of the Pacific
Northwest through information and illustration.
native plant lover
Keeping alive the vision of
Wallace W. Hansen Ė a dedicated grower, aficionado and
passionate lover of Northwest Native Plants.
Hello, gardening friends and native
I am knee deep in an
exciting new project: I'm converting this website into a book
--a very large book--
will be available in print or ebook.
This is a massive
undertaking; it will consume months. I will spend my 75th year
taking Wally's knowledge into a new dimension. I hope to find
completion before I turn 76 next February.
Until the book is done, this website will be here
for you. I will post information as it arises.
Although I'm no longer creating our emag, the
Northwest Native Plant Journal, all the previous issues are still here. Read online, download, print a copy for your
bookshelf or to share with your neighbor.
here to go.
luck, good gardening!
Did you know there
are over 26,000 photos of northwest native plants in our
graphics library that you may use at no charge?
How do we do that?
Simple, Thanks to a non-profit organization, Creative Commons,
there are now licenses that a human can read and understand
allowing anyone with photos of a number of topics that may be
used by anyone for any purpose for free as long you give credit
to the photographer. Also, if you "remix, transform or build
upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under
the same license as the original." Below is one of the licenses,
this is the one we use. All the details can be seen at
www.nwplants.com, and the
online magazine are both created by me. Photos you see on these
two publications are either from our in-house photo library or
are used with permission of the owner. I do not identify
photographers from our library, but do give credit to the owners
of outside pictures.
So--if you see a
picture you'd like to use, take a copy. On the species pages,
I've shown thumbnails for our library photos so you can download
I like to enter
whatever description is needed and then add the creditation.
When you use any of our pictures, add: "Photo credit: The Wild
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Good stuff to
know (Our most often- asked questions)
we are not a nursery Originally
our website was all about a native plant nursery, Wallace W
Hansen Northwest Native Plants. But in 2011, all that changed
when the nursery closed its doors for good. We felt it was imperative
to preserve the vast amount of native
plant information, so the website morphed from a commercial
entity into what you see today: an ever-expanding non-profit
repository of information about plants native to the Pacific
Northwest. We donít have plants, we donít sell anything, we
do share everything we know about native plants.
you have questions about native plants, if thereís a plant you
want help identifying, if you have thoughts or photos youíd
like to share, hereís how to contact us:
that have native plants
designers that use natives
for plant info
(How I met the garden's master)
Once upon an autumn weekend (I think it was around
1995), a fellow gardener and I planned to visit a
nursery close to Salem, Oregon. I'd found a small ad
in the local newspaper's classifieds offering native
plants for sale. The idea of including natives in
our gardens was novel and intriguing. I was sparsely
acquainted with this genre,