Kootenay Lake Wildflower Seed Library Collection Manual
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
Protecting Pollinators in the Columbia Basin
Interested in learning what you can do to support pollinators in the Columbia Basin? Get a copy of our popular poster. Download here:
Here are some of our resources on Butterflies in our region
KNPS Plant Salvage Guidelines
The Kootenay Native Plant Society endorses and is guided by the Plant Salvage Guidelines of the Native Plant Society of BC, which can be found at http://www.npsbc.ca/pdf/NPSBC_Native_Plant_Salvaging.pdf.
In addition to these guidelines, the Kootenay Native Plant Society adopts the following further salvage guidelines:
- that salvaged plants are not to be sold, and
- that plants salvaged locally should be replanted locally.
The Kootenay Native Plant Society would like to emphasize that native plant salvage operations should be a last resort for lands slated for disturbance. Conservation of habitat is preferred, and conservation attempts should precede and take precedence over any salvage operations. Furthermore, any salvage operation being considered should include linkages to at least one other society objective, such as education, outreach, restoration or research.
Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas
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