“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
What we offerKinSeed 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.
Native Plant Adoption
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.
Our SeedsWest 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
|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
|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!|
|Canada Goldenrod • Critical late fall food source for bumblebees & migrating monarchs!||Douglas Aster • Critical late fall food source for bumblebees & migrating monarchs!|
|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|
“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 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
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 “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/