Julia Lakey - Native Plants

 "Woodland (native) Strawberries" presented on 6/13/2022


presented on 4/11/2022

"Only 14% of nurseries grow native plants"

"April is Native Plant Appreciation Month"


There are many beneficial uses for Stinging Nettle

Purple wood violets

Alpine Strawberries


presented on 3/17/2022

"Native Dirt"


Use wood ash as a soil enhancer.


"Soil works for you if you work for the soil."

"Check out my new favorite book!"

- purchased at the Vashon Bookstore.

Dandelion Seeds

presented on 2/14/2022

"Early Spring Blooms"



(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

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Scotch Heather

(Calluna vulgaris)


Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust

Native Plant and Tree Sale!

From Jan 3rd to 30th, 2022

- click here for plant list -

This month we have a unique opportunity to expand our native plantings through the Land Trust’s annual bare root sale.  Such local bargains!  Under $3 a plant typically; nurtured for a year, they would sell for $10 to 15 each.
The key is adequate care: while they may look lifeless, they need to be nestled in soil.  The safest care is to put them in pots where you see them and remember to water during our dry months.  After a season of care, they can be placed in more remote areas of your property. If there are more plants than you need, please consider them as nursery plants and bring them to next year’s Garden Club sale.

The Land Trust Species List has helpful descriptions and photos. (See link above) Natives can be amazingly versatile: my favorite Red Flowering Currant tolerates dry to moist soil in sun or part shade.  Hard to argue with that! The Garry Oak, our only Washington native oak, is drought tolerant and also found along streams.   Each description includes the birds and pollinators that favor it. How about a hedge row with the Currants and tuck some Sweet Gale where you need lower growing plants, such as near a walkway.

Plants can be ordered online now until Jan. 30th.  However, don’t delay because favorites sell out each year. Let’s give our native pollinators and birds a boost by planting natives!
                                                                                                           By: Julia Lakey on Jan. 2022


Pacific Wax Myrtle and Native Huckleberry 

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Mountain Ash and

Red Osier Dogwood

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Julia gives us an update on the development of the Pollinator Garden  and the certification of Vashon Island as a National Wildlife Habitat. Vashon is now a Wildlife Habitat Community with the National Wildlife Federation.  We now join over 260 communities certified nationwide.


Create your own Pollinator Garden as Julia shares with us  the "how to"  steps. Click on the botton below for resources and watch the Presentation.

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