May 06, 2009

Native Plant Appreciation Week

Posted by: Karin Hoffman, Communications

Washington is home to over 3,000 native plant species. Could you identify Candystick, Mountain Lady Slipper, Lady Fern and Devil’s Club (an appropriate name for a plant containing brittle yellow spines that easily find their way into your hands,) if you saw it in your backyard or on a hike in the Cascades? This week (May 3-9) is your chance to learn more about the plants that call Washington and the Northwest home - it's Native Plant Appreciation Week!

The Washington Native Plant Society has assembled various non-profit and environmental organizations and governmental agencies to offer a fabulous line-up of hikes, classes and presentations aimed at teaching about native plant species and their habitats and what you can do to help protect them.

Take a tour of the Herbarium at the University of Washington, attend a lecture by Terry Domico about foraging for edible wild plants or participate in a restoration project at Timberlake Park in Sammamish.

Check out the listing of events to see what’s being offered in your area.

In need of a guide to NW plant identification or a book on gardening with native plants? Check out the Burke gift shop.

Photo: Cypripedium montanum, Mountain Lady Slipper

2 comments:

GorDon7 said...

I have many native plants in my yard in Tigard, Oregon. Check out this article on the Top Ten Edible Northwest Native berries http://sn.im/p9yps The company mentioned is a local nursery here in Oregon and they had a display garden at the Energy Trust Better Living Show http://www.betterlivingshow.org featuring most of those plants. We should always think of planting northwest natives first when gardening and enjoy the ones in the wild.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture said...

Thank you for sharing this, GorDon7

Happy planting!

- The Burke Museum

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