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Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database



Welcome to 2015



Native Plants

Plant Lists



Field Guide

Garden Chore Calendar

Gardening With Natives


Wildlife Habitats

Red-Osier Dogwood

Cornus sericea ssp. stolonifera

About Wally


Edible/Medicinal Uses for Natives

Green Living

Lacy White Flowers--Good, Bad or Deadly!

Newsletters from Wally

NW Native Plant Journal


Plant Information

Nurseries with Natives

Native Plant Landscapers

Red-Osier Dogwood

Cornus sericea ssp. stolonifera




News from The Wild Garden

From my vantage point, I prefer the New Years customs from childhood. We put a pot of black-eyed peas and rice for "Hoppin John" on the stove around 10 pm. It was important to get them simmering before midnight to bring the blessings of the old year into the new year.

Elsewhere, "January is the quietest month in the garden. ... But just because it looks quiet doesn't mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come." - Rosalie Muller Wright, Editor of Sunset Magazine, 1/99

"More traditionally, on the stroke of midnight, people open the back door (to let the old year out) and ask the first dark haired man to be seen to come through the front door carrying salt, coal and bread. This means that the following year everyone in the house will have enough to eat (bread), enough money (salt) and be warm enough (coal)."

"In São Paulo, La Paz, and other spots, people don brightly colored underpants to ring in the New Year—red if they’re looking for love, and yellow for money."

Happy New Year from around the world

Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun

Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means "Good Parties and Happy New Year"

Chinese: Chu Shen Tan

Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok

Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar

Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta

French: Bonne Annee

German: Prosit Neujahr

Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos

Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu

Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak

Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit

Italian: Buon Capodanno

Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei

Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai

Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku

Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo

Russian: S Novim Godom

Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina

Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo Prospero Ano Nuevo

Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan

Surprise--two free gifts for you from The Wild Garden
Free Calendar 2015

This years' calendar has twelve beautiful photos featuring cones of pines and fir trees, each one is a true native of the Pacific Northwest, and a page for each month. Print a copy or just use it on your computer, give away to friends or family.

Click here!

Free slide show screen saver

The theme of the new screensaver photos is (surprise) pine and fir cones, the "flowers" of these northwest native evergreen trees and shrubs. The array of flower/fruit/seed reproductive "organs" from often quite similar looking plants is bound to grab the attention of those who view it.

Click here

NW Native Plant Journal, 1st quarter, 2015

Your copy of the very first Northwest Native Plant Journal awaits!

Read about --  

Maintaining insect control: Winter in the wildlife garden

A winter-lovely shrub: Bird Cherry

On the wing: Recent visitors at Nona and Don’s

Conifer blooms: Cones of fir and pine

Calendar 2015: A gift for you

Oh those conifers!: Wild winter beauty

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(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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