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Are Generous Plant Lovers the Happiest People on Earth?

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Giving Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Giving Tuesday may have come and gone, but opportunities to give abound this time of year. But why give? As Gretchen Reynolds points out in a recent New York Times article , "the scientific evidence that generosity is good for us has been scant, even as the benefits of selfishness are obvious." However, in the same article she cites a study in which half the study subjects agreed to give money away (i.e., be generous) and the other half agreed to keep money fo...
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Yellow Lady's Slipper - Signed Limited Edition Print

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In celebration of the Washington Native Plant Society's 30th Anniversary, we are excited to announce our first limited edition print of a botanical watercolor. The subject of this print is the Washington threatened yellow lady's slipper. The yellow lady's slipper ( Cypripedium parviflorum Salisb.) is a Washington state threatened plant. It is found in wet forests, bogs, and on the periphery of ponds in low moist areas in north central and north-eastern Washington. Most populations in Washington ...
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Send Those Cards and Letters

Send Those Cards and Letters
Long-time readers of Botanical Rambles know how I feel about snail mail . And December is a great month for sending and receiving actual, real, bona fide cards and letters. As my sister Annie says, "Just say yes to the U.S.P.S." Luckily for all of us, the Washington Native Plant Society offers stunning holiday cards that share the magic of Pacific Northwest winters. Each set features 7 images donated by photographer Mark Turner. Note that the images on this page include Mark's colophon, but the ...
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Time to Look Ahead: Get Your 2017 WNPS Calendar

Time to Look Ahead: Get Your 2017 WNPS Calendar
The 2017 Washington Native Plant Society calendar, featuring all of this year's photo contest winners, is now available . Be sure to get one—or several! They make great gifts and supplies are limited. Entertaining and educational prose from Ellen Kuhlmann, of the Koma Kulshan chapter, accompanies the lovely photos. The images are generously contributed by Washington Native Plant Society members like you. In fact, the contest for next year's calendar is now open ! The deadline is February 1, 2017...
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Twenty ideas for the gift-giving season

Twenty ideas for the gift-giving season
Whether you love it or hate it, the gift-giving season is here. And the Washington Native Plant Society is here to help. You can give your sweetheart, pal, family member, friend, co-worker, spouse, in-law, or even yourself, one of these fine WNPS-themed gifts: 1. A WNPS membership and all the stuff that it includes: the quarterly journal, Douglasia , chapter newsletters, programs, field trips, and much more. It's easy to sign up online and there are membership categories for any budget. 2. The W...
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Six Gifts for Plant Lovers

Six Gifts for Plant Lovers
Hanukkah is upon us. Christmas and Kwanzaa are coming up. And New Year's will follow. Which means…ample opportunities to give gifts to those we love and to those who do so much for us throughout the year. What gifts will you give this year? Hey, I have a half dozen ideas for you! Larry Eifert's mural at Fort Townsend State Park has been turned into a 500-piece jig-saw puzzle . The mural shows flora and fauna of old-growth forest. The longer you look at it, the more you see! This education projec...
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2016 Washington Native Plant Calendar Now Available

2016 Washington Native Plant Calendar Now Available
Over 3,000 native plants contribute to the biodiversity of Washington. They provide habitat and food for critters of all sizes, including us humans. While you won't find all 3,000-plus in the 2016 Washington Native Plant Calendar , there's an excellent array of images for you to enjoy, for the bargain price of $10 each. Every year, I buy two calendars–one for home and one for my office. At home, the calendar graces our refrigerator and gets marked up with reminders for special and mundane events...
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Watch Out—Don’t Miss these Opportunities

Watch Out—Don’t Miss these Opportunities
Ready or not, the new year is off to a roaring start. Here are a couple of opportunities with deadlines coming up… 2014 WNPS Photo Contest Photo contest deadline is January 15, 2014. Send in your favorite photos! The Washington Native Plant Society is looking for your great photos of Washington wildflowers and native plant landscapes. Help us show off the beauty of native plants and share information about their ecology and value in our WNPS Photo Calendar . Each year the calendar displays our f...
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Snail Mail: Still Thriving

Snail Mail: Still Thriving
My name is Sarah, and I am a snail mail addict. I love to get paper mail. Personal letters are the best, of course, followed by magazines (especially our Washington Native Plant Society journal, Douglasia ). But as my family will attest, I'm not immune to the charms of catalogs, fundraising appeals, and even the well-crafted credit card offer. Say what you will about the commercial and material excesses of December, it is also a time when snail mail can get really interesting. News and photos fr...
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Enjoy Wildflowers Year Round: Order the 2014 Calendar Now

Enjoy Wildflowers Year Round: Order the 2014 Calendar Now
While Hanukkah is in the rear-view mirror—and its coincidence with Thanksgiving some 70,000 years in the future—the year-end gift-giving season of 2013 is fully upon us. You might be making some late Hanukkah gifts, giving presents for the the Winter Solstice, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, or making your tax-deductible donations. Or all of the above! Last year we took a look at twenty gifts related to the Washington Native Plant Society. If I do say so myself, those are some great ideas, with perennial...
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