Local Alaskan Plants Clearinghouse

Country Garden Farms is committed to connecting locally-grown native plants and the people that need them.If you’re interested in producing or purchasing plants in Alaska, reducing invasive species, and supporting local business, you’ve come to the right place.

 

local plant material sources

  • Check out the Plant Material Center
  • Visit Plants Available to see what native plants Alaskans are already growing.
  • See the market growing: check out plants wanted below.
  • For more resources or to find that perfect resource, see our partners and the detailed contact list below.
  • Contact us for anything you don’t see here

 

native plants available

Download the Nurseries and Greenhouses Database here

 

Trapper Creek Farm: Trapper Creek Farm produces a northern latitude grass seed, Arctagrostis latifolia (common name Alyeska polargrass) which is successful in restoration projects throughout the Arctic and Sub-Arctic environments.  Trapper Creek Farm also produces a native sedge, Carex pachystachya for wetlands, marsh areas and lakeshore restoration projects. Carex pachystachya is naturally occurring in Alaska, western Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana.

 

More plant sources coming soon.

 

native plants wanted

Top 11 Most Wanted Local Plants for Revegetation

OBL means Obligate wetland; FACW means Facultative Wetland; FAC means Facultative, i.e., found equally in wetland and nonwetland; FACU means found generally in nonwetland
  • Carex aquatilis: OBL Robust sedge for very wet areas like ditch bottoms
  • Carex utriculata aka C. rhyncophysa and C. rostrata: OBL broader range than C. aquatilis
  • Myrica gale: Sweet gale, for wettest bogs (OBL)
  • Ledum : Labrador tea (FACW); L. groenlandicum, L. decumbens
  • Salix sp.: Willows: for bank stabilization and revegetation along streams
  • Potentilla/Dasiphora fruticosa: Shrubby cinquefoil, drier end of wetland spectrum, some landscaping potential (FAC)
  • Betula nana/B. glandulosa: Dwarf shrub birch (FAC)
  • Spiraea beauverdiana: Some landscaping potential (FAC)
  • Calamagrostis Canadensis: Blue joint reed grass (FAC)
  • Picea glauca: White spruce (FACU), landscaping use
  • Betula papyrifera: Paper Birch (FACU), landscaping use

 

Native trees wanted

Anyone able to produce 1000s of trees w/ 1 yr notice, please contact Patricia Joyner at Patricia.Joyner@alaska.gov.

 

Municipal projects happening now

To explore potential salvaging opportunities on municipal projects,  visit munimaps.muni.org.   Contact the municipal representative for each particular project for more information.

 

Salvage plants wanted

Northwest Landscaping is looking for salvageable native plant materials: contact Bud Hooker at 907-345-4140 or northwestlandscape@alaska.net.

 

anchorage CWMA update

The Anchorage Cooperative Weed Management Area group is very active in preventing the spread of invasive species in Alaska. Participation is open to the public.

Here’s the most recent info from the group, updated June 13, 2015:

June 9, 2015

Minutes – DRAFT

Present: Aliza Segal (BLM), Rob DeVelice (Chugach NF), Beth Schultz (USFS), and Tim Stallard

Notes prepared by Tim Stallard

·       Elodea project updates – Tim

o   Heather needs more input and feedback on the CWMA’s Elodea IPM plan.  She also has two lake-side residents who are reviewing and signing on to the plan.

o   Heather gave a project update earlier in the week to Tim, Allegra, and Mike Buntjer (USFWS).  Krissy Dunker (ADFG) was in attendance to provide her expertise on public process and pesticide applications (related to her invasive pike control projects).

o   DEC Pesticide Use Permit public comment period is closed and being review by Karin Hendrickson.  There were a modest amount of comments received.  The EA is out for public comment.  Other permits (DNR Land Use, ADF&G Fish Habitat, and MOA Health and Human Services are in process and on track).

o   Public Meeting – Wednesday June 17th – 6pm at the Sand Lake Elementary Cafeteria.

§  A representative of the DNR Commissioner will open the meeting and then Heather will present the project.  John Morton (Kenai NWR) will follow to talk about their project (and results thus far), which is one year ahead of Anchorage using similar methods (except no diquat in Anchorage).  Following John will be a panel to answer questions with Andrew Skibo from SeaPro, Michelle a resident on one of the Kenai lakes, Karin Hendrickson (DEC), plus Heather and John.  Allegra will facilitate questions, ask folks to mention their affiliations, and attempt to limit anyone from trying to hijack the meeting.

o   Treatment will likely begin mid-July (determined by EA schedule). Heather is getting all the logistical pieces in place for the treatments.

·       2015 bird cherry projects – Tim gave an update on bird cherry control projects So far Spruce, Winchester, Kobuk, Johns and Mariner Parks have been treated.  Nadine Park is schedule for later this week.

o   Mariner Park had some large ornamental planted bird cherry trees that were treated.  Johns Park had two marginal looking ornamental Prunus virginiana trees that were treated.  Those are scheduled to be cut out in the fall.  Steven Nickel has offered some spruce trees to replace them, but it would also be fun to try some of our new recommended alternative ornamentals.  Tim has a very limited budget for replacement trees and hasn’t researched costs yet.  Park neighbors have asked about donating towards the cost of replacement trees – this can be done via the Anchorage Park Foundation web site – donate now link.  Folks can specify – “post invasive control tree replacement” or similar.

o   Mariner and Johns Parks as well as Winchester and Spruce Parks would be interesting case studies on the local spread of invasive bird cherry trees.  The apparent ornamental source trees can be inferred by the nearby dense infestations.  Farther afield are modest infestations and farther still, newer Prunus colonists are starting to sprout.

·       Discussion of herbicides and a short few sentences (e.g., an “elevator speech”) about why herbicides are appropriate for use in invasive plant control in natural areas.

o   Herbicides are one (essential) tool in the IPM tool box.  And generally a tool of last resort – when nothing else works

o   Low-risk, short term impacts (herbicides) versus long-term, increasing impacts (invasives)

o   The real issue with herbicides is their overuse or misuse (in large-scale agriculture or by homeowners).  Invasive plant control projects are very targeted, typically spot applications and once we get rid of the invasives (generally 1-3 years), we stop the treatments.

·       5th Annual Anchorage Weed Smackdown – July 18th Russian Jack Park

·       Agency updates:

o   Rob DeVelice mentioned that he believes he encountered a large infestation ~100% cover – of orange hawkweed along the powerline near the large new bird creek parking area (rock quarry).  He is planning to revisit to confirm.

For more information, contact Tim Stallard, Invasive Plant Program Coordinator, Anchorage Park Foundation, phone (907) 339-0101, cell (907) 347-2214.

 

local plants calendar

additional resources and partners

Many partners are already part of the native plant conversation: visit these sites for more information and resources.

 

Local resources

Alaska Permaculture Association
Alaska Botanical Gardens
Alaska Native Plant Society
Anchorage Cooperative Weed Management Area
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
Glacier Valley Farms
Green Earth Landworks
King Career Center
Landscape Plants for Alaska site
Municipality of Anchorage
Plant Materials Center
South Anchorage Farmer’s Market
Treerific

 

Alaska Statewide resources

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management
Cooperative Extension Service
Rural Development Project Publications
Department of Transportation
NR Harvest Manual
DNR Native Plant Directory
Division of Agriculture
Division of Forestry
State of Alaska
USDA Forest Service

 

National and International resources

Applied Horticultural Consulting, Inc.
Black Belt Business Solutions LLC, Oregon
The Nour Group Inc, Georgia
Urban Tree Foundation
Trees are Good – find these and many more superb guides from the main page
Buying High Quality Trees
Tree Selection
Pruning Young Trees
CLIMB, Center for Advancement, Oregon
Developing Quality Standards for Nursery Stock, University of Florida
Oregon Association of Nurseries
Digger Magazine, Oregon, Bareroot Liners, August 2010 pp 34-38: article archive here
Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University
Stephen Goetz, Pacific Resources Group, Oregon
Lance Lyon Consulting, Oregon
Bailey’s Nurseries, Inc, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Nursery, Oregon
Purple Springs Nursery, British Columbia
Forest Seedling Network
Fisher Farms LLC, Oregon
Clayton Tree Farm, Idaho
Lawyer Nursery Inc, Montana
American Society of Landscape Architects
Energy Conservation for Commercial Greenhouses by John W. Bartok, Jr.
Greenhouse Energy Cost Reduction Strategies
International Plant Propagators Society
US Green Building Council
USGBC Green Building links
US Forest Service Plant of the Week
Virtual Grower

 

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