Editorial: Photo contest deadline

1Feb
(Date: February 1, 2018 9:00PM)Calendar: Editorial and CommunicationsFree event

Get ready for the WNPS 2018 Photo Contest!
This has been an amazing year for wildflowers and WNPS members have been busy shooting and sharing photos on communications all year long.  Now in these rainy days of winter, it's time to sort and share in the WNPS photo contest.
PHOTO SUBMISSIONS are DUE February 1, 2018.  

The photo contest winners are published in the WNPS Calendar.  Like the beautiful shots in the WNPS 2018 Calendar, you can enter to be a part of our 2019 calendar.
The Grand Prize

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CPS: Witness Tree: What the Life of a Single 110-year-old Oak Tells Us about Climate Change, by Lynda Mapes

1Feb
(Date: February 1, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Lynda Mapes, Environment Reporter at the Seattle Times, describes her year at the Harvard Forest, immersing herself in the life of a single 100-year old oak tree, and how it is shaped by our warming, changing world.

South Sound: Transplanting that Makes Cents

31Jan
(Date: January 31, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: South SoundFree event

Rita Hummel, PhD, Horticulturalist, emeritus Washington State University, brings a broad variety of interests to us. These include developing recycled organic materials as substrates and nutrient sources for nursery and greenhouse container production and landscape use; enhancing water conservation in container production and landscapes; improve longevity of trees and shrubs in the landscape by preventing root structural defects; developing production practices for difficult to grow native

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Attracting Native Pollinators: Gardens as Habitat

27Jan
(Date: January 27, 2018 2:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Master Gardener and Community Habitat Steward, Julie O’Donald, will share a colorful photo display featuring local butterflies, bumble bees and the flowers that attract them. She will describe how to create a garden where pollinators will thrive and will explain ways to incorporate flowering shrubs and wildflowers into the landscape.   We’ll also learn what features promote healthy pollinator populations and provide nest sites.

Julie O’Donald is a Community Wildlife Habitat Steward and Master

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Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting

22Jan
(Date: January 22, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Northeast WashingtonFree event

Each meeting includes an educational program starting at 7PM, followed by a break for informal discussion and those all important refreshments. Following the break, we reconvene for a business meeting that may include discussion of conservation issues, work on special projects, plans for upcoming field trips, and reports from the state-wide Washington Native Plant Society. All our meetings are free and open to the public.

Board of Directors Meeting

20Jan
(Date: January 20, 2018 10:00AM)Calendar: Salal ChapterFree event

Koma Kulshan: Birch Bay and Semiahmoo- Plants and Birds in Winter

20Jan
(Date: January 20, 2018 9:15AM - 3:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

We will take a short walk starting along the shore in Birch Bay State Park to see plants and birds, then see what is happening in the wetlands by Terrell creek (if you attended the Plant Stewards walk with Jim Evans this is the same + birds). Then we will drive up to Semiahmoo County Park and alternately identify plants by their twigs and buds and the marine birds that should be abundant at this time of year. There will be handouts for identifying plants and several scopes and handouts for the

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Koma Kulshan: The Hidden Role of Fungi in Plant Competition

17Jan
(Date: January 17, 2018 7:00PM - 9:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Although mostly hidden from us, the symbiosis that forms between plant roots and soil fungi can influence plant success through direct and indirect effects on plant growth. This symbiosis, known as mycorrhizae, can increase plant uptake of nutrients (a direct effect) as well as provide protection from pathogens (an indirect effect). These are only examples of some of the effects of mycorrhizae on host plants. The kind and strength of effects vary with plant species and with the environment,

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Olympic Peninsula Program: Donovan Tracy

16Jan
(Date: January 16, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Donovan Tracy, a wildflower enthusiast, photographer and hiker, is a volunteer with the UW Herbarium and co-authored the wildflower guide, “Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier” with David Giblin, the herbarium’s collection manager.He recently assisted the Mt. Rainier volunteer rangers , known as “Meadow Rovers” with training on subalpine meadow classification and alpine plant identification of Mount Rainier National Park.
He developed and maintains the web site, Flowers of Rainier

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Research Grant Cycle

15Jan
(Date: January 15, 2018 9:00PM)Calendar: Research and InventoryFree event

Submit Applications for the next open cycle of Research and Inventory Grants by January 15.  2018 brings increased capacity for funding.  $5,000.00 will be awarded in 2018. Grant requests up to $1,500 are recommended, however in special circumstances higher awards could be considered.  

Electronic submissions of proposals should be sent to Pam Camp, Committee Chair, .

Olympic Peninsula: Martin Luthier King Weed Pull

15Jan
(Date: January 15, 2018 12:00PM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Join Us for the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service!

Meet at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Natural History Exhibit


Come help remove invasive dune grass and Himalayan blackberry.  Some tools and refreshments will be provided however, it's appreciated if you bring clippers and gloves.

Sponsored by:
AmeriCorps Washington

Friends of Fort Warden State Park

Washington State Parks
Port Townsend Marine Science Center


RSVP optional to Emilee Carpenter
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CPS: Work Party at Seattle University Ethnobotany Garden

12Jan
(Date: January 12, 2018 10:00AM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is developing a partnership with Seattle University, including work parties in the taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden. Join the 2nd work party on Friday, January 12th 2018, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Garden is designed to help visitors learn more about how the First People of the Puget Sound co-existed with their environment.
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Wenatchee Valley: Seed Banking: an Age-old Art Used for a New Purpose

11Jan
(Date: January 11, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Presenter: Wendy Gibble, Manager of Conservation and Education, University of Washington Botanic Gardens.  A seed is one of nature’s marvelous adaptions. It makes the perfect receptacle for an embryonic plant, providing protection from the elements and transportation to a new home. Early humans took advantage of seeds’ resilient nature, storing them through winter months and transporting them over trade routes. One could argue that without the seed, the course of human society may have taken a

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South Sound: Collecting Rare Plants

10Jan
(Date: January 10, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: South SoundFree event

Collecting Rare Plants for the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.

Steve Hootman is Executive Director & Curator of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and the Co-Executive Director and Curator of the Rhododendron Species Foundation in Federal Way, Washington. He has participated in four plant hunting expeditions into China and the Himalayas which have produced a surprising number of new introductions.

Conservation Committee Meeting

9Jan
(Date: January 9, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM)Calendar: Conservation CommitteeFree event

Meetings are planned every other month, on the second Tuesday.

Location: conference call.

Please contact Becky Cheney for details: 

South Sound: Crown Jewel Wilderness the N. Cascades Natl. Park - Olympia

8Jan
(Date: January 8, 2018 7:00PM - 9:00PM)Calendar: South SoundFree event

Lauren Danner, Ph.D. presents Crown Jewel Wilderness, the North Cascades National Park Just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the North Cascades National Park, this talk will  chronicle the park’s creation. The remote, rugged and stunningly beautiful north Cascade peaks have been protected from development for generations to come.

Lauren Danner, PhD, is a writer and historian based in Olympia, Washington. She focuses on public  lands policy, Pacific Northwest and environmental

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Featured Events

2018 Botany Washington

June 7-9, 2018

Southwestern Washington is a botanically rich area that includes coastal headlands, extensive stretches of dune community, tidal marshes and flats, and lowland coastal forests that continue upward to the montane areas of the Willapa Hills.  The 2018 Event will take place on the Long Beach Peninsula, with base camp in Ocean Park, WA at the Ocean Park Camp & Retreat Center. Registration is now open.

2018 UW Botanical Symposium

March 21, 2018

The Washington Native Plant Society is proud to announce our involvement as a sponsor for the 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium. This program is co-hosted by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum. Photo by Joe Rocchio. Read More.

2018 Study Weekend
Rainbows of Wildflowers

May 4-6, 2018

The Suksdorfia and South Sound Chapters are preparing an amazing Study Weekend event in the Klickitat County area of Washington, including the Columbia Gorge and the heart of the Cascades Mountains.  25 hikes, 2 Key Note speakers and workshops including how to use the new Plant List Database, and more will be a part of this year’s event. Photo by Don Hardin. View updates on registration.