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Philosophy

 

At Kinseed, we honour plants as our family.  We recognize plants as individuals, animate beings with their own needs, behaviours, and intrinsic values.  The western science of ecology acknowledges that all beings are related in this beautiful tree of life; many indigenous worldviews express deep connection and oneness with all life.

The need for native plant conservation is more acute than ever. In the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, many plants are endangered and many more are declining in abundance and numbers. Habitat loss, land conversion and mismanagement, and resource extraction continue to accelerate, crowding out our native plant relatives.

Plants also have complex and intimate relationships with other beings in the tree of life.  Co-evolution with pollinators has driven diversity and specialization of both.  More than 500 species of native bees in British Columbia alone rely on the diversity and availability of a wide assortment of plants, relationships co-evolved over thousands of years.  Declines in plants can mean loss of pollinators.  Similarly, the loss of pollinators jeopardizes plant reproduction.

“Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.”

 

Audobon Society

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What we offer

 

KinSeed is the production branch of the Kootenay Native Plant Society.  We help connect people to the plants of this place, providing a selection of seeds and plants for sale, as well as consultation on native plant gardening, ecologically-based landscaping, and rewilding.

The Kootenay region has a stunning diversity of native plants that provide food and shelter for a wild array of insects, birds, fungi, and bacteria.  Many of them have brought joy and resources to countless peoples over time.  Native plants are the foundation of functional and healthy ecosystems – it’s all connected and we are part of it!

Kootenay Ecotypic Seed:  A selection of ecotypic seeds and plants native to the Kootenay Region.  Seeds are local in origin, ethically collected using Kootenay Native Plant Society guidelines, and bulked (i.e. grown and increased for seed production) in our own gardens.

Consultation to landowners and land managers:  KinSeed provides consulting and educational services to landowners in native plant gardening and landscaping, specializing in single species selection, ethical seed collection, meadowscaping, and rewilding.

Meadowscaping is a landscaping approach that focuses on the planting of a diversity of herbaceous species – in a meadow-like ecosystem – that contribute to building healthy soils and are important for a wide variety of native pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  Meadows can sequester carbon and help to fire smart your property too!

Rewilding is a mindset and a practice – the conversion of your outdoor living spaces into functional, healthy, and flourishing ecosystems.  This requires some letting go of control but, through this release, comes enhanced biological activity in your garden, increased connectivity with other rewilded and naturally-occurring spaces, and the building of vital ecological relationships in which you are an active participant!

KinSeed is proudly affiliated with the Kootenay Native Plant Society, and 20% of seed sales will support the work of the Society.

“Reintroducing layers to residential landscapes is the best strategy for restoring biological function on a vast scale, contributing to habitat and to a wide range of ecosystem services that are broadly beneficial, including replenishment of atmospheric oxygen, carbon sequestration, groundwater recharge and filtration, soil conservation, and moderation of weather extremes.”

Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden (2014).

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Native Plant Adoption

 

Native plants are inspirational, valuable, attractive, and necessary for the continued flourishing of our natural world.

Bringing native plants into your family can happen at many scales.

Scales

Rewilding the garden has benefits that extend beyond the plants themselves.

If you want more pollinator diversity, plant more native plants.

Native bees and butterflies flourish where high quality nectar and pollen are available.

If you want to restore mycorrhizal diversity, plant more native plants.

Plant roots interact with fungi, bacteria, insects and other soil organisms in a complex network of interactions.  A diversity of plants contributes to the ecosystem services provided through this underground network.

 

“Like icebergs in the ocean, there’s as much, if not more, going on beneath the soil in meadows, out of sight, than there is visible above the ground. And because they are filled with a diversity of plants, they support a diversity of life: from the crucial microbial level to birds, bees, and butterflies, all kinds of creatures are found in meadow ecologies.”

John Greenlee,  The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn (2009).

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Our Seeds

West Kootenay Ecotypes

2019 Selection

For 2019, we have chosen plants for their beauty, importance to pollinators, and ease of adoption into your garden or meadowscape.

Easy To Grow Annuals

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Pink Fairies
• Easy to grow
• Self-seeding annual
• Bees love it!
Threadleaf Phacelia
• Easy to grow
• Self-seeding annual
• Bees love it!
Grand Collomia
• Orange trumpet-like flowers
• Reseeds prolifically
Forest Clarkia
• Self-seeding annual
• Rare plant in need of conservation

 

Easy To Grow Perennials

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Silverleaf Phacelia
• Best wildflower for promoting bee diversity!
Hairy Golden-Aster
• Easy to grow
• Drought tolerant
• Metallic green sweat bees
Brown-eyed Susan
• Gaillardia
• leaf-cutter bees love it
Pearly Everlasting
• Host plant for Painted Lady butterfly
• Silver foliage
• Hoverflies!
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Canada Goldenrod
• Critical late fall food source for bumblebees & migrating monarchs!
Douglas Aster
• Critical late fall food source for bumblebees & migrating monarchs!

 

Challenging Perennials

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Showy Milkweed
• Monarch host plant
• Our only native milkweed!
Silky Lupine
• Native lupine
• Soil building capacities
• Soft grey-green foliage
Sitka Columbine
• One of our stunning native columbines
• Hummingbirds
Common Camas
• Slow-growing but worth it!
• Edible bulbs
• A favourite of spring bees

 

Blooming Calendar – Setting the Table for Pollinators!

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Perfect Pairings

 

“A meadow is a symphony of color, light, and texture.”
John Greenlee, The American Meadow Garden

So many beautiful native plants, so little space!  To get you started, here are some suggestions of plant combinations that work together

 


Western monarchs – call to action

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In Southern BC, we urgently need to monitor and restore native milkweed populations. Showy milkweed – Asclepias speciosa – is our only native milkweed species. We have limited quantities of local ecotype seed available. Consider planting important nectar plants – goldenrod, aster, and pearly everlasting – to fuel them on their journey.

Read the call to action at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Download a guide to planting your own Monarch Waystation.


Sunny Annuals: Pink Fairies, Grand Collomia, Threadleaf Phacelia Clarpul_thumbCollgra_thumbphaclin_thumb

Yes!  Pinks and orange do look amazing together!  An easy, unusual combination on native annuals that are happy on a hot-dry site. This trio will self seed and look beautiful throughout the summer.  A funky mix of wildflowers create a whimsical dance of colour, texture, and light in your garden.


Asters and Goldenrod Goldenrod and Aster “That September pairing of purple and gold is lived reciprocity; its wisdom is that the beauty of one is illuminated by the radiance of the other. Science and art, matter and spirit, indigenous knowledge and Western science— can they be goldenrod and asters for each other? When I am in their presence, their beauty asks me for reciprocity, to be the complementary color, to make something beautiful in response.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2013)

Read the whole book! Or read the full chapter here: http://bmccommons.org/goldenrod-and-asters-my-life-with-plants/