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Kootenay Lake Wildflower Seed Library Collection Manual

Seed Collection Manual download

We all love wildflowers!  They trumpet in the summer with bright blues and yellows and reds, and vibrate with life as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles collect their nectar and pollen.  But we often forget about the amazing cycle of life that continues after the blooms fade.  Seed collection is an opportunity to connect with the world through a different kind of beauty, quiet and unadorned.  It offers another reason to walk or bike or paddle, to get out for the day or just for an hour, to share time with friends or in solitary contemplation, to look closely at things that might otherwise get a passing glance, and to learn new things about the ancient practices of plants and people.  If you are intrigued, download the manual to learn how to collect seeds of local wildflowers

KNPS Plant Salvage Guidelines

The Kootenay Native Plant Society understands that plants are essential to all life and that native plants have dynamic relationships with other living beings above and below ground.  They are part of communities and ecosystems that have taken many thousands of years to develop in place.  These rich and biodiverse communities can be destroyed in an instant. Protecting these communities should take precedence over the ‘salvage’ or moving of individual species.

 Only under extremely rare circumstances should plant salvage be considered.

  • Plant salvage is a last resort for habitats under certain threat of destruction
  • Salvaged plants are not to be sold
  • Plants salvaged locally should be replanted locally

 Additional guidance for salvaging can be found here:  

The Ethics of Plant Rescue

 Native Plant Society of BC Native Plant Salvaging Guidelines


Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas

Common camas

Native Plant Society of BC


Native Plants of British Columbia for the Coastal Grower by Richard Hebda


The Native Plant Network


A few good books about growing native plants

Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia


by Robert Parish, Ray Coupe, Dennis Lloyd

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest


by Arthur R. Kruckeberg

Cultivating the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants of British Columbia’s Southern Interior and Eastern Washington

by Eva Durance

Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants


by Robin Rose

Ethical guidelines