SCD Plant sale preorders are now open!

posted Jan 20, 2021, 4:58 PM by Roxie Rochat

The 2021 Plant Sale will be a preorder, pick-up Event on February 27 and February 28, 2021. Buy your plants now to pick them up later.

Preorders are open!  Preorders will remain open until February 10.

See for all the details.

Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm, Webinar: Native Plants for Problem Spots by Sara Rocero

posted Dec 28, 2020, 5:45 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Dec 30, 2020, 11:24 AM ]

Do you find it difficult to choose the right plant for challenging spots on your property, like really wet spots or dry shade? Or on a slope? Learn more about native plants, their benefits to wildlife, and how they can help us solve landscaping problems in beautiful ways. Sara Rocero, birder, wildlife habitat creator, and native plant guru with the Snohomish Conservation District, will share tips on how to use native plants to your advantage and to beautify and create wildlife habitat on your property.

When: Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Native Plants for Problem Spots by Sara Rocero

Click this link to register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information about the Zoom link to the program or about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.orgcall 360-387-2236, or email

2021 Garden Tour - Cancelled

posted Dec 16, 2020, 2:56 PM by Roxie Rochat

We hope that all is back to normal by June of 2021, but a garden tour requires months of advance planning and the coordination of dozens of people, so we have reluctantly decided that we must cancel our plans for a 2021 tour. 

No Program in December

posted Dec 16, 2020, 2:54 PM by Roxie Rochat

By tradition, we do not have a monthly program in December, but rest assured that we're hard at work securing Zoom presenters for programs in 2021.  If you have suggestions for speakers or topics of interest, please email us at

Creating Wildlife Habitat in the Winter

posted Nov 21, 2020, 1:18 PM by Roxie Rochat

Winter Wildlife Habitat – How To Help Animals In Winter

 is a great article by Mary Dyer that discusses how leaving a few piles of leaves and not trimming perennials will provide food and shelter.

Winter Gardening Dos And Don’ts – What To Do In A Garden In Winter

by Laura Miller cautions that you do need to clean out perennial weeds and deadhead flowers that are invasive.

Do deadhead flowers with invasive tendencies. Seeds from manageable species can be left in place as winter forage for wild birds.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Winter Gardening Dos And Don’ts – What To Do In A Garden In Winter

November 2020 Septic Landscaping Program Follow-up

posted Nov 19, 2020, 11:18 AM by Camano Wildlife Habitat   [ updated Nov 19, 2020, 4:59 PM by Roxie Rochat ]

November 18th, 2020 Camano Wildlife Program
SEPTIC DRAIN FIELD PLANTING IDEAS - Attractive Landscaping Choices for your Septic Tank & Drain Field
Presented by Scott Chase, Sound Water Stewards

The recording of our Zoom Webinar can be found on our new YouTube channel here.

Unfortunately, the slides are blurry because Scott's concern over his home's possibly poor internet connection was justified. He had planned to speak to us from the Camano Multi-Purpose Building, but its doors are once again chained shut. The slides looked perfect in our practice sessions (including one the evening before) so we were lulled into a false sense of security.

Other Resources and links of interest:
Scott's handout

Sign up to get on the email lists for the 2021 Snohomish Conservation District Plant Sale and/or the Salal Native Plant Sale.

Wed, Nov 18, 7pm Zoom Webinar - SEPTIC DRAIN FIELD PLANTING IDEAS by Scott Chase

posted Nov 7, 2020, 8:24 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Nov 12, 2020, 6:41 PM by Camano Wildlife Habitat ]

SEPTIC DRAIN FIELD PLANTING IDEAS: Attractive Landscaping Choices for your Septic Tank & Drain Field presented by Scott Chase, Sound Water Stewards

Proper landscaping choices can protect you from damaging the investment you’ve made in installing and maintaining your septic tank and drain field. This webinar will help you understand:

  • Basic septic system and drain field maintenance
  • Which plants, shrubs and ground covers are best to plant over the drain field, and which ones you should avoid
  • How drought-tolerant native plant choices over your mound or gravity-fed system can provide attractive alternatives to grass

Retired WSU Extension program coordinator Scott Chase has given talks in the past on planting for shoreline stability, wild mushrooms, and rain barrels.

Register for this Zoom event by clicking:


Preregistration is required and is limited to 100 attendees. Please only one registrant per household. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

NEW: View the Septic Landscaping Resources handout for this presentation or download it by clicking on the down arrow on the right side of the file attachment near the bottom of this page.

For information about the Zoom link to the program or about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, visit, call 360-387-2236, or email


No October BWH Program

posted Oct 1, 2020, 1:49 PM by Roxie Rochat

We will not host a program this month.  This is the traditional date for the AAUW's Candidate's Forum.  AAUW Stanwood-Camano co-sponsors this event with the Stanwood-Camano News.   Please vote wisely. 

Update: This year's Candidate Forum is on October 14th.  See for information on how to register for the webinar.

Camano BWH Program Recordings and other Zoom Presentations

posted Sep 9, 2020, 4:44 PM by Roxie Rochat

Recordings of both our May and August Camano Wildlife Habitat Meetings are now available:

May 20, 2020:  Climate Resilience for Rural Properties webinar by Carrie Brausieck, Snohomish Conservation District.
August 19, 2020: Camano Island’s Sound Habitats: In our Backyards and Beyond by Jerilyn Ritzman, Shore Stewards Coordinator

A number of other local groups also provide links to their recorded meetings, so please check out our Zoom Presentation Recordings page for links.

2020 Salal Native Plant Society Fall Plant Sale

posted Sep 4, 2020, 8:26 PM by Roxie Rochat


hosted by the Salal Chapter
of the Washington Native Plant Society


Order starting September 21

Plant Pick Up

October 2 and 3

by Appointment Only

Email from Brenda Cunningham:

You may have noticed that the Display Gardens at the WSU Research and Extension Center are currently closed to public access due to concerns about COVID-19 and the health of visitors and volunteers.

In the spring we hosted a successful plant sale by accepting orders for plants via email and scheduling appointments for curbside pickup of the plants at the garden entrance. Feedback from that event was very positive and we are going to try to do that again, with some improvements at the back end of the operation. We are taking measures to ensure your safety and the safety of our volunteers, while providing you with the opportunity to purchase from a great selection of native trees, shrubs and flowers. 

Proceeds from the sale are important for our chapter's ability to provide scholarships, help local organizations with restoration of habitat and support for the Washington Native Plant Society's many wonderful programs. 

On September 21, I will send out another notice which will include a link to an order form (Excel format). We will accept orders starting at noon on the 21st. Once we have 150 orders we will close the sale since we need time to schedule the curbside pickups.

If you would like to place an order, please download the form (it will be updated daily to reflect the inventory), fill it out on your computer and save it. Then send it back to me via email. I will process the orders in which they are received and send you a confirmation. For those who cannot use an Excel document we have a volunteer available to fill out the form for you over the phone. When you are ready to order, please let me know and I will have that person give you a call.

I will provide you with confirmation of the order and detailed instructions for picking up the plants in a safe manner. Plant pickup will take place at the entrance to the display gardens west of Mount Vernon on October 2 and 3. However, the gardens will not be open to the public at that time, nor will the facilities associated with the WSU Campus be available. 

I hope this notice finds you safe and healthy,
Brenda Cunningham, Garden Manager

This plant list is preliminary, but very close to the final list. The order form will be updated daily to reflect remaining inventory.
Link to 
Plant List for Fall 2020 Sale*

*There may be several minor changes between this and the final order form. We ask that you limit your purchase of each species to 3 plants so that more people can purchase the popular species. In your email order please indicate if you would like to buy more of a species and I am happy to let you know at the end of the sale period if we have any left for purchase.

Click this link to Subscribe to the Salal Mailing List for future updates.
Email Brenda Cunningham <> if you have more questions.

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