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May 21st 11am: The Many Gardens of David Douglas

posted May 11, 2016, 11:55 AM by Roxie Rochat

The Salal Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society is 25 years old this year! Come help us celebrate at a special meeting and presentation on May 21st. Everyone is welcome, membership is not required.


Event:  Presentation by Spokane Author and Naturalist Jack Nisbet

Some Exceedingly Interesting Things: The Many Gardens of David Douglas


Saturday, May 21, 11 am, WSU Northwest Research Center, 16550 SR 536, Mount Vernon


Optional 10 am tour of the adjacent native plant display garden (at south end of the Master Gardener Display Garden at the WSU Northwest Research Center)

Free and open to the public


Jack Nisbet has written nine books including The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest. Douglas was a Scottish naturalist employed by the Horticultural Society of London who made three trips to the Pacific Northwest between 1825 and 1833. His observations and collections resulted in many plants being named for him (including the Douglas-fir).

Nisbet’s book on Douglas was named by the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association as one of its 2010 Books of the Year.


About the Washington Native Plant Society

This year the Washington Native Plant Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary promoting the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats through study, education and advocacy.


The Salal Chapter of WNPS serves Snohomish, Skagit, and Island counties with quarterly meetings and public events such as lectures and wildflower walks. Upcoming events are listed in its newsletter, which can be accessed at


The Salal Native Plant Garden was developed and built by Salal Chapter volunteers. It is a terrific resource for homeowners who want to learn how to incorporate more native plants into their landscaping.


Brenda Cunningham

Salal Chapter Chair