The 2017 Washington Native Plant Society calendar, featuring all of this year’s photo contest winners, is now available. Be sure to get one—or several! They make great gifts and supplies are limited.
Entertaining and educational prose from Ellen Kuhlmann, of the Koma Kulshan chapter, accompanies the lovely photos.
The images are generously contributed by Washington Native Plant Society members like you. In fact, the contest for next year’s calendar is now open! The deadline is February 1, 2017.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
The 2017 Calendar is a beauty, with a front cover of brilliant yellow blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata). Ted Alway of Derby Canyon Natives in Peshastin took this picture, sure to combat any seasonal affective disorder that might be troubling you.
The months that follows are sure to inspire and educate, with a nice mix of plant portraits and stunning landscapes
January 2017: Sea Rocket, Cakile spp, introduced. As shown at Cape Alava, sea rockets are fleshy annuals, forming sprawling masses on coastal beaches. Photographer: Donavan Tracy
February 2017: Asclepias speciosa, showy milkweed. Named from Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine. Photographer: Ted Alway
March 2017: Morning mist on a quiet pond. Hardhack, Spirea douglasii and more. Photographer: Steve Webster
April 2017: Close-up of the ball-sized flowers of giant-head clover, Trifolium macrocephalum. Photographer: Don Jacobsen
May 2017: One of the most delicate and graceful ferns in Washington, maidenhair fern, Adiantrum aleuticum. Photographer: Chris Earle
June 2017: A lone Garry oak, Quercus garryana. Photographer: Clay Antieau
July 2017: Bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva, growing in the thin, rocky soils east of the Cascade crest. Photographer: David Hagen
August 2017: The graceful spires of large-leaved lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus attract bees and people. Photographer: Clay Antieau
September 2017: Brilliant yellow blanketflowers, Gaillardia aristata. Photographer: Ted Alway
October 2017: Water birch, Betula occidentalis. Photographer: David Hagen
November 2017: Arctic alpine forget-me-not, Eritrichium nanum, hugs the ground. Photographer: Ted Alway
December 2017: American dunegrass, Leymus mollis, growing at Copalis Beach. Photographer: Steve Webster
January 2018: Catherine Creek, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is a premier early-season wildflower sites. Photographer: Kevin Head
Treat yourself to twelve months of Washington’s native plants and habitats, and don’t forget your family and friends. The calendar makes a great gift. You can buy it online or from your local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society.
Don’t delay! Quantities are limited this year.