Over 3,000 native plants contribute to the biodiversity of Washington. They provide habitat and food for critters of all sizes, including us humans.
While you won’t find all 3,000-plus in the 2016 Washington Native Plant Calendar, there’s an excellent array of images for you to enjoy, for the bargain price of $10 each. Every year, I buy two calendars–one for home and one for my office.
At home, the calendar graces our refrigerator and gets marked up with reminders for special and mundane events throughout the year. Dentist appointments, theater tickets, hikes, trips to see family…it’s all there where we both can see it. It’s the easiest way for us to stay synched up.
At work, I keep the calendar above my phone. This one doesn’t get marked up because I keep all my work events in my email program. Events such as board meetings, staff meetings, policy meetings, inter-agency meetings, scientific meetings, phone meetings… And during those phone meetings, I’m frequently staring at the beautiful images on the calendar and reading over the informative commentary by Ellen Kuhlmann.
Aside from the sheer loveliness of the photos in the calendar, I like knowing that all the pictures were taken by members of the Washington Native Plant Society. You, too, can submit photographs; watch for an announcement about the next photo contest. Yes, you have to be a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, but it is so easy to join.
When you buy a 2016 Washington Native Plant Society calendar, you are supporting the work of the society in education, research, and conservation. You can buy a calendar from your chapter and support its programs, or you can order online. All calendar purchases help the Washington Native Plant Society be a better voice of the state’s flora.
Even in this digital age, wall calendars make great gifts. Here’s the list of images you’ll find in the 2016 calendar:
- Western Larch (Larix occidentalis) and Alpine Larch (Larix lyallii) at Mount Stuart. Photographer, Ray Izumi
- Basalt Milkvetch (Astragalus filipes) after a late spring ice storm. Photographer, Kelsey Prickett
- Moss Forest. Photographer, Jon Chalfant
- Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica) east of the Cascade crest. Photographer,Ted Alway
- Vine Maples (Acer circinatum) along the South Fork Skokomish Trail. Photographer, Kevin Head
- Chocolate Lilies (Fritillaria affinis) by the sea on San Juan Island. Photographer, Annie Prevost
- Subalpine Daisy (Erigeron glacialis v. glacialis) along the Naches Peak Loop Trail. Photographer, David Hagen
- Coastal Manroot (Marah oreganus). Photographer, Signe Drake
- Western Pasqueflower (Anemone occidentalis) and lupine near Cispus Basin. Photographer, David Hagen
- Showy Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus). Photographer, Ted Alway
- Bigleaf Maples (Acer circinatum) on Chuckanut Drive. Photographer, Annie Prevost
- Boreal Sagewort (Artemisia norvegica ssp. saxatilis) Elk Mountain, Olympic National Park. Photographer, Donovan Tracy
- Snow Buckwheat (Erigonum niveum) & Bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata). Photographer Susan Ballinger
Buy one (or two!) for yourself, buy a couple for gifts. Click here to order online. Make sure your habitat has pictures of the plants and places you enjoy.