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NW Native Plant Journal, April 2016

Read online, download, print a copy for your bookshelf or to share with your neighbor.

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April in the Pacific Northwest is starting with sunny, bright days--makes one want to wander through the garden just to observe: no gloves needed.

The journal this month is aimed at opening our eyes to possibilities for change, most especially extraditing the grass lawn to the compost heap and replacing it with beautiful native groundcovers. Do it!

Calendar 2016: Native shrubs for the NW landscape

This yearís calendar brings 12 landscape shrubs or small trees which are a bit unusual in that each one bears a gift for your garden.

These are easy to grow plants, well behaved, and attractive at different times of the year.

In the mix are edibles for humans and/or wildlife, flowers suitable for cutting; there is blazing fall color and fragrance for the garden; parts of some plants are known for their medicinal qualities; others offer materials for crafts or household uses. And, for the most part, these native plants are rarely found in the ordinary garden.

Take a walk on the wild side the way many of the Original Peoples here still do: invite an old-time visitor to return to your garden. Itís a natural!

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No, 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.

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Notice: Photos on this website, unless otherwise indicated, were taken by me (Jennifer Rehm), by the former nursery's staff photographer, JoAnn Onstott, are licensed via the Creative Commons Share-and-Share Alike, or have been released into the public domain and are free for anyone to use.


(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,

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