In the 1800’s, Lopez Island was a fishing and agricultural area. Apples were an important economic crop in the community. The Master Gardener Foundation is planning a heritage apple orchard in the village center. The project recognizes our past and present agricultural community, will provide visitors and residents access to this important aspect of our history. It would educate the community and visitors alike about the many different varieties of apples, their importance and uses. Lopez Master Gardeners have started apple trees by grafting scion wood from historic Lopez apple trees and locally important heritage apples. We hope to start planting this month.
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, SJC Fairgrounds, Orcas Island Grange, or on Lopez at Sunset Builders Pre-Order Now for Best Selection (Pre-Order Online Here: Native Plant Sale)
— from Master Gardener Jane Wentworth
Happy New Year! It is time again for our Annual Native Plant Sale. The sale is scheduled for March 12, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Islands. Now is the time to think about what to plant in late winter and early spring as we pour over plant and seed catalogs.
This year we offer 20 species of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials including favorites like Red Flowering Currant, Evergreen Huckleberry and some new and noteworthy additions like Pacific Bleeding Heart, Licorice Fern, and Blue Elderberry. Some species have been selected particularly for being somewhat drought tolerant. Native plants are beautiful in the garden and landscape, are beneficial for wildlife, and improve habitat and plant diversity. Once established, native plants tend to require less maintenance and fertilizers than other landscape plants. Detailed Native Plant Descriptions are found here: Native Plant Descriptions
March 12 from 9 a.m. – Noon is the day of the sale on San Juan Island at the Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor, the Orcas Island Grange, and at Sunset Builders on Lopez. A selection of additional plants will available for sale that day on San Juan. And all are invited that day to visit our Native Plant and Gardening Expo sponsored by the San Juan Conservation District.
We are working again with the San Juan Conservation District this year to present a Native Plant Workshop prior to the plant sale. This free workshop will be open to everyone and is co-sponsored by the San Juan Conservation District and the San Juan Master Gardener Foundation. The date and time will be determined, stay tuned for details!
Plant quantities are limited, so order now! The deadline for pre-orders is March 1. Check out our order form on our new website for a complete list of plants and descriptions. This year you can either order online or print out and mail in your order.
For more information and the entire list of plants, to order online or print an order form, go to Native Plant Sale or call WSU Extension at 378-4414.
The Master Gardeners are reaching out to improve and educate our community around gardening