The Clark County Conservation District each year holds a Northwest Native plant sale. The way it works is you fill out their order form and mail it with a check to the Clark Conservation district, or you can drop off your order at their office during the work week. The ordering deadline is February 12, 2010 at 4:30pm or while supplies last (I suggest you place your order early, because they run out fairly quickly). You then go to their office and pick up your plants on February 25, 26 or 27, 2010, where people will be available from 9am to 1 pm each of those days to give you your plants.
These plants are typically sold bareroot. What this means is that you will end up with several sticks with roots sticking out of the bottom. But, these bareroot plants take off very quickly once planted. I have had good luck by potting the bareroot plants up first in one or two-gallon containers, and growing them on for a season in the containers. Then, when they have more of a root system in place, I plant them out in the garden, typically in fall when it starts to rain again.
This is certainly the least expensive way to expand your Northwest Native plant collection. The bareroot plants come in bundles of 5, with prices ranging from $3 to $8 dollars per bundle. (My kinda plant sale!) There are a variety of plants suitable for dry or wet growing conditions, full sun or shade.
To get on their plant sale mailing list and receive their plant sale flyer each year, contact the Clark Conservation District office at 11104 NE 149th St., Bldg. C, Suite 400, in Brush Prairie, WA. Their office is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. You can also call them at (360) 883-1987, or visit their website at http://www.clarkcd.org/Plant_Sale.htm for more information.