Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Native Plants

Born out of Oxbow’s many years of land stewardship, our native plant nursery aims to grow the highest quality native plants, using ecologically sound practices and local plant material, and to become a facility fostering research and education that contributes to the restoration, landscape, agriculture, and nursery-growing community.

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Bridget McNassar, nursery manager
425.788.1134 ext 4

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Purchase Plants

We grow western WA native trees, shrubs and forbs for restoration and landscaping. We have plants that work well in rain gardens, landscaping for wildlife, and grow many edible natives.

As part of a certified organic farm, we are striving to grow plants using the most sustainable methods. This includes our fertilizer, potting media, irrigation and pest control practices. Established in 2013, we are increasing our offering of plants grown from locally collected seed/cuttings each year.

Wholesale Sales: For businesses, non-profits and government agencies

We can put together an order for your organization via phone or email. Plant pickups are by appointment 8-4, Monday – Friday. We prefer payment by check or cash, but also accept credit cards.

Please view our current wholesale availability and pricing for more information

We’d love to contract grow or take your pre-order!  Please view our plant price list to see species we are currently growing.

Retail sales are by appointment only, please call or email to schedule a time to visit

We will have native plants available at our Oxtober farm stand! The farm stand will be open every Fri – Sun in October, from 10-5.

Get Involved

Spring/Summer/Fall Internships:

Gain experience in native plant production and restoration, with a flexible schedule.  We are able to arrange several different levels of internship opportunities, please contact the nursery if you are interested: bridget@oxbow.org    425-788-1134 ext 4


Restoration Volunteer Work Parties:

Join us this fall to get your hands dirty and help us with our ongoing restoration work, including invasive species removal, planting natives, mulching and weeding. Work from 10-12, then stay for lunch on our beautiful farm!

We meet at the front parking lot promptly at 10:00. Please bring your own gloves, water bottle, close-toed work shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

Work party dates for 2017 will be announced on a rolling basis. Please follow our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute announcements and opportunities, or sign up for our mailing list.

Questions? Send us a message at volunteer@oxbow.org


In partnership with the University of Idaho Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, we are doing research on many aspects of native plant production.

Current topics include:

  • The use of subirrigation as a watering technique, and its interaction with various fertilizer types
  • Seed germination in fall vs spring sowing, and determining optimal seed treatments for different species
  • Organic vs conventional slow-release fertilizers, and their effects on root and shoot growth
  • The composition and effects of farm-generated compost as a media component

The Oxbow Research Fellowship:

Oxbow hosts Master’s students each year in a unique fellowship with the University of Idaho. Students conduct research in native plant production, and gain valuable experience in nursery operations, spending time at both the University of Idaho Pitkin Forest Nursery, and the Oxbow Native Plant Nursery.

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Removing invasive species and planting natives has been an ongoing effort at Oxbow, starting from the earliest days of the farm. Since 2001, we have worked closely with Stewardship Partners to restore much of the land bordering the Snoqualmie River and our namesake Oxbow lake.

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Over the years we have found our restoration efforts to have many benefits, including:

  • Reducing runoff and erosion into the Snoqualmie River
  • Increasing the diversity of wildlife species found on the farm
  • Attracting native pollinators and beneficial insects

Currently, we are working on removing the invasive Himalayan blackberry from a seasonal swale that borders our production barn, children’s farm and living playground and native nursery.

We are also working to create a native Hedgerow, planting natives that will provide a variety of food, shelter and nesting sites for wildlife, as well as serve as an educational tool to showcase the benefits of native restoration to the many visitors to our farm. This project is being completed with the help of many individuals, including Stewardship Partners, volunteer groups and students from local schools.