Some fun things happening for the rest of March!
AND: St. Patrick’s Day is Friday March 17th!! In honor of the Shamrock, we will be having a one day sale of 10% off all plants orders (based on availability, and cannot be combined with other discounts) at our Bellingham location. So if you think you want some plants, order on Friday March 17th to save 10%.
Also! Store up some water for your garden while the rain is abundant! Your garden will appreciate it when the hot weather comes. To help your garden, for the rest of March, we will give 10% off rainbarrels (while supplies last and cannot be combined with other discounts).
AND! We will be at the Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) Native Plant Sale on March 25th from 9AM-2PM on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The purpose of Whatcom Conservation District Native Plant Sale is to promote the stewardship and conservation of our natural resources.
ALSO! We still have 5 – about 4’x8′ (size may slightly vary) cedar raised beds from last year. Last years supply is on sale at $150 (until supplies last and cannot be combined with other discounts). We also have 11 new cedar raised beds @ $200.
Oxalis oregana is a perennial with preferences to moist soil with full to part shade. It grows easily through the rhizomatous stem. The flowers generally are white and sometimes pink.
Perhaps a Gnome could find a good home with your Oxalis oregana!
Hello Skagit and Island County native plant enthusiasts! We have just restocked our Mt Vernon location at Skagit Buliding Salvage with fresh stock. Species include checker mallow, oxalis, gary oak, madrona, nodding onion, columbine, ferns, slough sedge,wood sorrel, honeysuckle, to name a few, and more coming as spring progresses. Let us know if there are specific plants you are looking for and we can bring them down for you. Yay Spring! ~ Bay
Skagit Building Salvage is located in West Mt. Vernon on West Memorial Hwy, to offer native plants to the Skagit Valley and San Juan islands. We have well over 50 species available here 6 Days a week.
Mt. Vernon Address:
Mon-Sat from 10 to 5:30pm
Thursdays from 12:00 to 5pm
Enjoy some spring pictures! =)
And trees live a few years longer!
Holiday Gift Cards Now Available! Give a gift that keeps on growing with holiday gift cards from Plantas nativa, LLC! The best gift to give your favorite plant enthusiasts. Two holiday themed cards to choose from….Don’t be a Grinch! Make gift giving a cinch!
Contact Bay Renaud for details 360-715-9655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Bellingham is filled with alleys, some more attractive than others. But only one is home to the Alley District. Here you’ll find artists, makers and dreamers who had a vision to work together and create a wonderful community. Whether metal sculptor or wooden bike fender maker, jewelry designer or bicycle mechanic, they seek opportunities to collaborate and support one another’s work.
The Alley District is located in the heart of Downtown Bellingham, between State Street and Railroad Avenue. It starts around the Depot Market Square and continues along the alley that leads to the South Bay Trail, a popular walking, running and biking path to Boulevard Park and Fairhaven. Park your vehicle and head out on foot or bike and get ready to explore.
Sprinkled throughout the alley are diverse artisans, businesses and shops, a community bike shop, a community darkroom and photography studio, and restaurants and bars. Let’s start our tour at the far end, with one of the Alley District’s very first establishments: The Hub.
The Hub, started 13 years ago, is considered a Bellingham institution by bicycle enthusiasts. As a community bike shop, the Hub provides space for folks to fix their own bikes, along with tons of new and used parts for sale. They also sell reconditioned bikes, and service and repair all types of bikes (if, like me, you don’t know how to do it yourself). They also offer free advice and bad jokes, although I heard none of the latter during my visit.
All of their bikes and parts are donated by the community. The space is jammed with tires, rims, chains, grips and gears. Extras that can’t be used are recycled, or end up in the bike-part sculptures that dot the property. The historic Hub building is covered in colorful murals, as is the rest of the Alley District.
Continuing north from the Hub, we find Anderson Intrinsic Wood Work & Design, the woodworking shop of Tom Anderson, the original Alley District resident artist. The shop is home to Creative Openings, his screen door company, as well as Anderson Wood Fenders. These are unlike any fenders you’ve seen, a beautiful and functional combination of woods that are shaped and curved, so they’re actual fenders—not just splash guards.
Anderson Wood Fenders are thin and light, and a gorgeous addition to any townie, road, mountain or commuter bike. Tom’s selling his fenders right here in the ‘Ham, and sending them overseas as well—this week to France and Japan. And Tom’s screen doors grace homes from Bellingham to Costa Rica. After 35 years, Tom estimates he’s made about 5,000 doors.
Ready for an espresso? You’re in luck! The Alley District has its own stand, The Wailing Goat. Owner Megan Wilford serves up the usual choices, including organic (yay!) cappuccinos, Americanos and lattes—as well a most unusual goat milk latte. There’s also hot chocolate and tea, perfect for warming up as you walk the trail to Boulevard Park on these crisp autumn afternoons.
The next stop on the tour is Altility Art Studio, where Aaron Loveitt works with metal, glass and wood to create commissioned mixed media art pieces and architectural products for homes, businesses and public spaces (including the newest piece in the permanent collection at Big Rock Garden Park ).
Inside is some seriously heavy-duty equipment, from an old-fashioned anvil to a huge, 50-ton hydraulic press and jib crane that swings in an arc and spans much of the shop area. It’s amazing how, with such burley tools, Aaron can form metal into sculptural shapes that mimic less-rigid materials. From his central location in the Alley District, Aaron has played a big part in the spirit of collaboration here, as well as with other artists throughout the area.
Across the lot from Altility is Positive Negative, a non-profit led by Jason Bayl that rents dark room and studio space to local photographers. It’s open Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., plus Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Look for events during first-Friday Art Walks, as well. Jason tells me an enthusiastic group of photographers is returning to film and taking Positive Negative workshops to learn how to process and print their photos.
From Positive Negative, turn around and off to the right, you’ll see Plantas Nativas, a nursery owned since 1994 by Bay Renaud, assisted by his dog Benzo (who was too busy chasing sticks to pose for a photo). The nursery is stocked with both common and hard-to-find native plants, trees and shrubs, carefully chosen for hardiness and suitability for our area. In the fall, Bay stays busy collecting and harvesting native seeds for his growers to cultivate, then buys back their plants for nursery stock. It’s a full circle of native life. Bay also repurposes used barrels and food-grade tanks into rain barrels, so his customers can collect and use rainwater in their gardens. Be sure to poke around and check out the way they use scrap metal and found materials to create rain gardens and micro-climate planters.
Leaving this block, you can keep exploring the Alley District by crossing Laurel Street to continue north on the alley. You’ll pass the Green Frog’s deck (perfect for a cold one) as well as Honey Moon meadery and Pepper Sisters restaurant. Grab a pint or a glass of mead and a snack, or a meal of southwest cuisine. If you keep walking a few more yards, you’ll find yourself at Tide Lines, a delightful shop filled with artsy things for you or your home.
Tidelines is owned by Chelsea Jepson, a watercolor and jewelry artist, who had her eye on her space for years. When it became available, she jumped on it and fulfilled her dream of curating a shop featuring artists from within a 100-mile radius of Bellingham.
The final stop on our Alley District Tour is Oyster Creek Canvas Company, where they work with marine-grade canvas, making everything from boat cushions to tote bags. I have no nautical needs myself, but my chicken coop run has been protected for years by a custom-made tarp from Oyster Creek.
I hope I’ve piqued your interest about the Alley District, an amazing little pocket of Bellingham awesomeness! It’s easy to find, so next time you find yourself at the Bellingham Farmers Market, on a Bellingham Brewery Tour, or just wandering downtown, take a little stroll over to the Alley District and check out the artisans who make it their home. You’re sure to find inspiration and a spirit of friendship that will stay with you long after you leave!
When: Thursday Oct. 23rd – Saturday Nov. 1st
Where: Plantas nativa, LLC
Description: Save 25% off all plants in stock! Fall is an excellent time of year for planting, and the best time of year to save on all your favorite native species. Don’t miss this opportunity to get quality native plants at a great price!
When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 04:00PM – 08:00PM
Where: Beer Garden @ Boundary Bay
Description: Join us in the beer garden for our annual Earth Day Community Fair. This fun, informative community affair aims to raise awareness about the numerous resources available to us locally in Bellingham. Several Whatcom businesses will have booths staged in the Beer Garden with representatives on hand to answer questions and showcase samples of their products and services. Plantas Nativa will be there with information regarding growing and restoring native landscapes. We will also be giving away free native plants and seed packets! So come find us!
We are excited to announce a new partnership with our friends at Skagit Building Salvage. Now for sale is an affordable and diverse selection of native plants! Currently over 50 species in stock! Get in here! Special discounts available for quantity purchases. View nursery location information here.
Skagit Building Salvage
Mon-Sat 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm
17994 SR 536
Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Plantas nativa is open and stocked for the spring of 2014.
We are a retail and wholesale native plant nursery located in Bellingham, & Mt. Vernon WA. We specialize in providing over 100 species of Pacific Northwest Native Plants available with delivery to anyone in the Puget Sound Region.
For over 20 years we have been buying the best plants from local native plant nurseries all over the Northwest. That is why we are able to supply so many kinds of plants in sizes from plugs , 4” pots, 1 gallons, 5 gallon, and 15’ balled and burlapped specimens. We are able to fill orders both large and small, and offer quantity discounts. If you do not find what you are looking for on our order page, please feel free to call or email.