Resources & Futher Reading
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who can answer questions about plants, plant diseases, and fertilizers and pesticides. Most of the counties in Western Washington have Master Gardeners available for consultation. Information on contacting your local WSU Extension office is available on-line through: Local Opportunites.
Washington Native Plant Society (www.wnps.org) is an organization of people interested in the native plants of Washington, with local chapters throughout the state. For information about the nearest chapter, write to WNPS at 6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 215E Seattle, WA 98115 206-527-3210 or 1-888-288-8022 within WA only. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
County Conservation Districts can provide information on using native plants to stabilize streambanks or create a buffer around a wetland.
Assistance designing your landscape or doing the work can often be obtained from landscapers and landscape designers. However, many of them work primarily with non-native plants and are not very familiar with using plants native to our region. You may be able to find a qualified landscape designer by quizzing local landscape designers, or through a local nursery that carries or specializes in native plants.
Books on Plant Identification
Guard, Jennifer. 1995. Wetland Plants of Oregon and Washington.
Redmond, WA: Lone Pine Publishing. Contains excellent photos for field identification of aquatic and wetland plants.
Pojar, Jim and Andy Mackinnon. 1994. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Redmond, WA: Lone Pine Publishing. A handy, photograph-filled field guide for identifying native plants of our region, including grasses, ferns, mosses, and lichens. Also contains a wealth of information on the use of native plants by our region's indigenous peoples.
Randall, Warren R. 1990. Manual of Oregon Trees and Shrubs.
Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Book Stores, Inc. Handy and very helpful book for doing winter identification. Contains much more thorough plant descriptions than Pojar's work, but only covers trees and shrubs, and lacks photographs.
Books on Gardening with Natives
Kruckeberg, Arthur R. 1989. Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Guide.
Seattle: University of Washington Press. A primary resource on using Northwest natives in the garden.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1993. Naturescaping: a Place for Wildlife.
(Address: PO Box 59, Portland, Oregon 97201 Phone: 503-229- 5410 x432). An excellent and fairly comprehensive resource on creating habitat for wildlife in your yard.
Washington Department of Wildlife. 1993. Landscape Design for Wildlife.
Olympia: WA Dept. of Wildlife. This 12-page booklet describes habitat characteristics important to wildlife, and contains step-by-step instructions on designing a landscape for wildlife. Available from the WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Backyard Sanctuary Program (Address: 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012).
Books on Plant Propagation
Browse, Phillip McMillan. 1988. Plant Propagation: a Step-by-Step Guide to Propagating Seeds, Roots, Bulbs, and Corms; Layering; Stem Cutting; Leaf Cutting; Budding and Grafting. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Hill, Lewis. 1985. Secrets of Plant Propagation: Starting Your Own Flowers, Vegetables, Fruits, Berries, Shrubs, Trees, and Houseplants.
Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, Inc.
Thompson, Peter. 1989. Creative Propagation: A Grower's Guide.
Portland, Oregon: Timber Press.
Spurr, Joy. 1978. Wild Shrubs
Seattle, WA: Pacific Search Press
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