Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Native plant program featured in Best of NW blog

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We’re thrilled that Oxbow’s native plant program was featured by a blog called Best of the Northwest. Bryan visited the farm on one of our restoration volunteer days and interviewed Bridget on the importance of native habitat restoration. The video also talks about the nearby Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

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Native Plant Nursery Open House is June 26th

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Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery will be having an OPEN HOUSE and INFORMATIONAL SESSION at on Friday, June 26th for urban landscape and restoration professionals         Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery will be having an OPEN HOUSE and INFORMATIONAL SESSION at on Friday, June 26th for urban landscape and restoration professionals Oxbow’s nursery is a state-of-the-art native plant propagation and research facility in Carnation. The day will be an opportunity to experience and learn from our unique, organic propagation … read more…

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Native Plant Newsletter: Eat your natives!

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The whole Oxbow team was thrilled with our native and edible plant sale two weekends ago. We learned a lot of valuable lessons in our sale’s inaugural year, one of which was that plants that are both native AND edible are hugely popular. Luckily for us and for our customers, there are plenty of uniquely tasty native plants. In her most recent newsletter, Oxbow’s native plant expert Bridget McNassar offers some information about the edible varieties of native plants existing … read more…

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Know Your Natives…revealed!

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Many thanks to those of you who participated in our Know Your Natives contest a few weeks ago. We had several submissions and a FEW folks who were able to claim a free native plant at our sale this past weekend. For those of you who did participate, here are the answers to the questions:   1. ANSWER: Douglas-fir 2. ANSWER: Bleeding Heart 3. ANSWER: Oregon grape 4. ANSWER: Nootka rose 5. ANSWER: Red huckleberry

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Native Plant Newsletter: Plant Blindness?

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A few weeks ago, Native Plant Nursery Manager Bridget McNassar attended the National Native Seed Conference, a gathering of professionals whose work involves collection, storage, growing, research, and use of seeds of native plants. A rather seedy bunch! Bridget recounts her experience in her most recent newsletter, grappling with a phenomenon experts call “plant blindness:” I was struck by one of the presenters, who brought up the concept of “plant blindness,” a term used to describe the tendency of humans … read more…

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Do you KNOW your natives?

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Think you know your native Washington plants? Prove it to us and you could win a free one at our plant sale! If Native Plant Appreciation Week, or NPAW (pronounced “enpaw” by native plant enthusiasts) wasn’t already on your radar, it should be! Native plants are hugely important players in our local ecosystems, and planting and helping them grow should be a central component to any environmental restoration work. Native plants provide habitat for native animals and forage for native … read more…

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Native Plant Newsletter: Germination!

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It is a magical time and one full of surprises in the nursery. At last, we get to see whether our winter-long seed treatments have been successful in breaking the seeds’ dormancy, and prompting them to germinate. We have made sure the seeds are sufficiently wet, and are sown in a media that both protects them and allows them access to oxygen. Now they (fingers crossed!) begin to come out of dormancy under specific conditions, namely temperatures typical of spring, … read more…

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Oxbow Plant Sale is May 9 and 10

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Oxbow is happy to announce our first-ever Mother’s Day-weekend plant sale. Hayrides on the hour, 11:00 – 3:00 Photography walk with Brittany Wright at 1:30 pm, Saturday Foraging walk with Heidi Bohan at 1:30 pm, Sunday We will be offering both Washington State native plants for landscaping and restoration purposes AND an array of edible plants for your garden. Come on down to the farm from 10-4 Saturday or Sunday to peruse the selection and to get advice from a farmer.

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Native Plant Nursery open on Fridays

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We are excited to announce that our Native Plant Nursery will be open for retail sales on Fridays, from 9 to 4.  At this time, we have a number of native shrubs and flowers available, and are happy to talk to you about which plants would be most successful at your particular site. Come visit us some Friday soon! There are so many benefits to planting natives in your yard!  They are survivors, not needing much care or maintenance once … read more…

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Native Hedgerow Restoration w/ Stewardship Partners: June 14

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Join Stewardship Partners and Oxbow Organic Farm and Education Center on Saturday, June 14 (10-2) for an environmental restoration project! During this event we will begin the first stage of our Native Hedgerow project and remove invasive plant species in an effort to prepare the site for future planting. We will revisit the site and plant native trees and shrubs in the fall of 2014. Light refreshments will be provided, along with tools, gloves and an overview of the restoration … read more…

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Want to stick your hands in the dirt?

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Join us for our Farm and Forest Volunteer Days and learn more about growing with the seasons and native habitat restoration! Who: This opportunity is for advanced learners, 12+ years old. What: Volunteers will help Oxbow farmers and the Native Plant Nursery with sowing, transplanting, invasive species removal, pruning, restoration planting and more! Bring a water bottle, wear close-toed shoes and come prepared to get dirty! We’ll wrap up the Farm and Forest day with a farm tour led by one … read more…

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Photo Album: Native Plant Nursery Goes Up!

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Oxbow is increasing efforts to promote native plant research and land restoration. We have joined forces with the University of Idaho Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research to grow and research native plants. Construction of the Native Plant Nursery began in March 2013 and took two months to build. Here are some photos of the build-out.   For more information about our native plant nursery or to purchase plants, contact Bridget McNassar, our nursery manager at bridget@oxbow.org or 253-653-6165.

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Mountains to Sound Greenway visits Oxbow

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On January 24th Bridget, the Native Plant Nursery Manager, and I hosted a group of 20 Mountains to Sound Greenway staff, when they were out for their valley-wide farm tour.  They hit Camp Korey, Cherry Valley Dairy, and Oxbow. It was a BRILLIANT day!   At Oxbow, they were greatly impressed with our new native plant nursery and the thriving native restoration sites along the river.   We wanted to share their excellent blog post of the day. Check it out … read more…

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