The Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding its annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newport High School, 322 NE Eads St.
This event is organized each year to help engage the community with their local flora and to provide an educational opportunity focusing on the numerous wildlife and water-saving benefits of using native plants. There will be more than 45 species of plants available during the sale, including numerous flowering forbs, shrubs, and trees.
Native plants allow for low-maintenance landscaping and gardening. Minimal irrigation is needed for native plants beyond the initial plant establishment. But luckily here in the Pacific Northwest, residents are able to utilize the wet winters to establish hearty plants that will then thrive during the drier months of summer and help people save on their water bill.
Native plants provide habitat for countless wildlife species. Using native plants will allow people to have awe-inspiring wildlife viewing opportunities from the comfort of their own home. Native plants provide forage for numerous songbirds, readily support native pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds, and potentially provide habitat for many amphibians, mammals, and reptiles.
Maintaining a high degree of plant diversity on one’s property will provide a beautiful variety of color across seasons due to their natural variety in bloom times. Additionally, some species of native plants are culturally significant resources as historic food staples and for their perceived medicinal properties.
In anticipation of the 2018 Native Plant Sale, Oregon State University Extension Service will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their office (1211 SE Bay Blvd, Newport). The workshop will address strategies for stabilizing stream banks with riparian plantings, as well as selecting the proper plants for your property.
For more information, contact Josh Seekatz, watershed health technician at the Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, at 541-263-2631 or [email protected]