Native Planting 101 Workshop
Native Planting 101 workshop provides participants with benefits and methods of incorporating native plants into their home landscapes.
This free virtual workshop features local plant and natural resource experts and includes:
- Alternatives to lawns
- Pollinator and Wildlife Gardening
- Firewise Landscaping
- Heritage Gardens
Specifically tailored to our lands in Chelan County!
2023 Speaker Schedule:
All held Wednesdays in March at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Mel will describe how to establish eco-friendly ground covers, as an alternative to irrigated lawns in your home landscape, including how to correctly seed native grasses and flowers.
Drought-Tolerant Alternatives to Lawns
by Mel Asher (Derby Canyon Natives- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Native Plant and Seed Sources- https://www.wnps.org/native-gardening/sourcing
USFS Seed Zone Map- https://www.fs.usda.gov/wwetac/threat-map/TRMSeedZoneMapper.php
In this session, Betsy will discuss the elements of a successful habitat, introduce several plants (especially shrubs) that work well locally, and suggest some spots in your yard for transforming into a wildlife oasis.
“Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Home Landscape”
by Betsy Dudash- SeasonsUrbanHorticulture@gmail.com
- “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard,” Douglas W. Tallamy.
- “The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden,” Douglas W. Tallamy and Rick Darke.
- “Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies,” The Xerces Society .
- “Using Native Plants to Preserve Birds and Protect Homes Under a Changing Climate Scenario,” Kittitas Audubon Society.
- Derby Canyon Natives, Peshastin, WA (derbycanyonnatives.com)
- Northwest Meadowscapes . , Port Townsend, WA. Northwestmeadowscapes.com sells native wildflower and grass seeds of the Northwest, including annuals. They even have a section with species for the Inland Northwest.
- Western Native Seed, Coaldale, CO, westernnativeseed.com. Click on the plant name to get detailed information, including water requirements and a map showing its native range.
Al Murphy will discuss the advantages and methods of using native plants to provide a fire-resistant landscape and reduce the potential loss of structures in a wildfire prone environment.
“Using Native Plants in a Fire-Resistant Landscape” by Al Murphy
- World Rangeland Learning Experience- https://wrangle.org/
- Bentler- http://www.bentler.us/
- Flora of the Pacific Northwest
Discover what makes Heritage Gardens of the Columbia Basin unique from other native plant gardens. Liz will describe examples such as; using water-smart techniques, highlighting culturally significant plants, and a plant list that meets the certification criteria.
“Heritage Gardens: What Are They and How to Create One
by Liz Jackson- email@example.com
- Heritage Gardens of the Columbia Basin- https://www.hgcd.info/
- The Heritage Garden Program- https://www.facebook.com/HeritageGardenProgram/
- Washington Native Plant Society- https://www.wnps.org/plants
- UW Burke Herbarium- https://burkeherbarium.org/imagecollection/
- Derby Canyon Natives- https://derbycanyonnatives.com/resources/
The 4 presenters will discuss topics and questions provided by workshop participants.
2022 session recordings:
Native Planting Selection and Care with Mel Asher
Creating a Native Plant Pollinator Garden with Betsy Dudash
Weed Management with Julie Sanderson
Using Native Plants for a Fire-Resistant Landscape with Al Murphy
Questions? Contact KirkB@cascadiacd.org or (509) 436-1601
Thank you to the WA Department of Ecology for funding staff time to host this workshop series!
Check out the resources below for more information on native planting.
- Washington Native Plant Society - www.wnps.org
- WTU Herbarium Image Collection: Plants and Lichens of Washington - http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.php
- USDA-NRCS Plants Database - https://plants.usda.gov/home
- Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board - www.nwcb.wa.gov
- Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board - www.co.chelan.wa.us/noxious-weed
- Washington Invasive Species Council - www.invasivespecies.wa.gov
- The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation - www.xerces.org
- Puget Sound Beekeepers Association - www.pugetsoundbees.org
- Natural Resources Conservation Service Insects and Pollinators - www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/pollinate
- National Wildlife Federation “Garden for Wildlife” - www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife.aspx
- Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides - www.pesticide.org/pests_and_alternatives
- US Forest Service Gardening for Pollinators - https://www.fs.usda.gov/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml
- “Plants for Pollinators in the Inland Northwest” - USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service, Biology Technical Note No. 24
- “Landscaping with Native Plants in the Inland Northwest” - Washington State University Extension https://pubs.extension.wsu.edu/landscaping-with-native-plants-in-the-inland-northwest
- “Basic Bee Biology and Identification” - Presented by Eric Mader, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, July 7, 2011. Courtesy of Amy Hendershot, NRCS
- “Pocket Guide to Identifying the Western Bumble Bee Bombus occidentalis” - Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
“Selecting Plants for Pollinators: A regional guide for farmers, land managers and gardeners in the:”
- “Oregon and Washington Guide for Conservation Seedings and Plantings.” USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
- "Water Wise & Native Plants" from WSU Extension
- "5 Reasons to Start a Pollinator Garden (And 6 Tips to Help You Do It)" from Morning Chores
Fire Resistant Plants for Eastern Washington- Chelan County Master Gardeners- https://extension.wsu.edu/chelan-douglas/gardening/firewise-landscapes/