What are Native Plants?
Native plants are those that were present in a particular region before the arrival of European Americans. The native plants found in eastern Washington evolved with local microorganisms, insects, and wildlife and are adapted to the local climate and soils.
Why Use Native Plants?
Hundreds of plant species are native to eastern Washington and many are interesting and beautiful enough to be used in garden settings. Using natives can benefit not only your yard or landscape, but can also help maintain the diversity of the local flora and fauna. Although large natural areas are better at supporting diversity, numerous small areas help too.
Get help now from members of our Chapter and the Benton and Franklin Conservation Districts in establishing a Heritage Garden, water-wise landscaping featuring plants that our native to Washington State.
Garden Wise (Eastern Washington Edition) - This booklet offers several non-invasive alternatives for 14 invasive ornamentals and noxious weeds. Included are 26 additional plant recommendations for Eastern Washington gardens.
Garden Wise (Western Washington Edition) - This booklet offers several non-invasive alternatives for 15 invasive ornamentals and noxious weeds.
A Manual of Native Plant Communities for Urban and Disturbed Areas of the Intermountain Northwest - Plant lists and design guidelines for preparing landscaping plans using Intermountain Northwest native plant communities.
Native Plant Gardening Guide (under development)
We have received permission from Rebecca and Sean Currans to modify the "Rugged Country Native Plant Users Guide" as a publication of our chapter. This guide will be an especially valuable tool for the Heritage Garden Program. Donna Lucas has lead.