Online orders for our Winter Bareroot sale are opening soon!

Native Plant Program Overview

Growing native plants helps preserve endangered species and discourage invasives, supports bees and other pollinators, and creates beautiful natural spaces. It’s also fun to get to know the plants you see in natural areas.

    Taylor at the 2014 Native Plant Sale. © H. Crosson
    Taylor at the 2014 Native Plant Sale. © H. Crosson

    Native Plant Sales

    Consider native plants your allies in saving water, attracting birds, bees, and butterflies, and adding curb appeal to your home and garden.

    Benton SWCD’s Bulb & Seed Sale takes place September 24th & 25th at the 2022 Corvallis Fall Festival.

    This Winter, we will host our annual Native Plant Sale event. Order your bare root and potted plants online in late September 2022 for pickup at the Benton County Fairgrounds late February 2023.

    To stay informed about our plant sales and other events, please subscribe to our  electronic newsletter.

     

    An image of this small evergreen shrub with cluster of small, bring white flowers. Photo by Matt Lavin.CC BY SA 2.0
    An image of this small evergreen shrub with cluster of small, bring white flowers. Photo by Matt Lavin.CC BY SA 2.0

    Native Plant Database

    We have a large searchable data base of plants that are native to the Willamette Valley and other parts of Benton County. View images and filter the list by plant characteristics

      swallowtail butterfly drinking from a pink flower while in flight
      swallowtail butterfly drinking from a pink flower while in flight

      Using Native Plants to…

      • Create Prairie Habitat

        According to Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, only 7% of historic oak woodlands and 4% of oak savanna and upland prairie habitats still exist, and most of it is in private ownership. Learn more about prairies and how to create prairies and meadowscapes.

        Meadowscaping

      • Support Pollinators

        60% of all flowering plants species are suffering from a lack of pollination. We can all provide food, shelter, and nesting sites for our native pollinators. Join us in learning about the important insects and birds that pollinate crops and native plants in the Willamette Valley!

        Support Pollinators

      • Support Birds

        Our informative brochures and bird-friendly landscape designs will help you give birds the four basic things they need.

        Learn More

      • Support Ecosystem Services

      Caring for Bareroot Native Plants

      In this video, Nick Cavagnaro discusses where he purchases native plants, how he prepares new garden beds for planting, and how he cares for young, bare root plants until their roots are developed enough for out-planting.

      We also have two handouts to help you care for and plant your native plants.

       

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