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The popular nursery event takes place twice a year and helps the council support a healthy watershed.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Dana Pricher, coordinator at the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, visits the council's nursery late last year. In an effort to support the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, the spring Native Plant Sale will take place April 10, behind Scappoose High School, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Council restoration project manager Emily Martin says the aim of the council is to promote and support a healthy watershed.

"We also try and work with the public — and essentially helping people to become more aware about the needs of the watershed and how the watershed plays into the greater picture of the community," Martin said.

In describing the council's native plant nursery, Martin said, "The nursery was developed to not only provide members of the public with access to native plants and help teach people about native plants, but it also is a way through which we are able to fund some of our restoration work."

Native plants are sold twice yearly, in the spring and fall. Proceeds help keep the nursery operating and help the council with public outreach events and restoration projects.

This sale is a bit different from before, in that there's an online option.

"We actually have an online store that we just launched this year," Martin said. "We've moved into a new age with technology, which is very exciting."

You can visit the council's website at scappoosebay-wc.org.

Pre-orders will take place until April 3. After that, the website will close and the public will be invited to the April 10 Native Plant Sale.

"If you've ordered already, if you've done a pre-order through the website, you can come pick up your plants," Martin said. "Whether you ordered a pre-order or not, or if you just want to come the day of and shop, we're open to the public."

At the event, you'll receive plenty of help in viewing and selecting plants.

"I'll be there. Some of our volunteers will be there to answer questions," Martin said.

You'll find a number of beautiful plants at the spring sale including snowbrush, ospberry, Helen's flower, black hawthorn and Douglas aster.

As we ease into 2021, Martin is optimistic about her watershed council goals.

"We have some really great projects that we're working on right now," she said, adding, "It's fantastic to get to see how the small projects are slowly building up to a better, more beautiful picture for the health of the watershed."


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