Welcome to Koma Kulshan WNPS

Vanilla Leaf
Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)

The Koma Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society invites you to join us as we explore the diversity of plants that live in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. From tidewater to the summit of lofty Mt. Baker, we have many habitats and microclimates that support diverse species — some common and some so rare you’re unlikely to find them without a guide.

Our home territory is Whatcom County, but our chapter meetings and field trips often take us farther afield.

If you have any interest in the plants that grow all around us, please join us. Our meetings and field trips are free and generally open to the public (with very few exceptions). Of course, if you come along a couple of times and find us friendly and the subject interesting we hope you’ll join. Get membership and online payment details on the Washington Native Plant Society state website. Be sure to choose Koma Kulshan as your chapter.

Introductory Native Plant Walks

Join our fun, informal walks and get familiar with plants native to Whatcom County. Sponsored by the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), these introductory plant identification walks feature an easy pace and will each last about two hours. Details are on the Introductory Native Plant Walks page.

Spring 2022 Native Plant Sale

Our spring plant sale will largely be online, but we will also have a smaller quantity of plants that will be reserved for in-person sales on the same day as online orders are picked up. Due to the success of the online sale last year, we hope to offer a wider variety of species. In addition, we are adding a new feature: we will have an online preview of plants to be sold so you can peruse the store at your leisure and plan your purchases before the store actually opens for business. Doing this also means you will be able to choose your plants, put them in the cart, and checkout in less time. This increases your chances of getting what you want because plants remain in inventory and are available to everyone until you have checked out. In past years an insert in the newsletter allowed people to pre-order plants, however, due to the complexity of sourcing and the changes in availability of plants, that is being discontinued. Hopefully, the preview feature and online ordering will help lessen any inconvenience to those who relied on pre-ordering.

All this will be available at: WNPS Koma Kulshan Chapter Native Plant Sale

Here are the dates to put on your calendar:
Online store open: April 18 thru April 27
Pick up day and in-person sale: May 7 at Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, 3057 E. Bakerview Road

Take a Virtual Walk in the Chuckanuts

Spending time outside, by yourself or with small groups, is a good way to help maintain your health and sanity during these chaotic and confusing times. Spring is here and our native flora are blooming. Our chapter field trips are back, with limits on the number of people, no carpooling, social distancing, and other covid-safe precautions in place.

Looking for lists of plants to help you identify what you see along the trail? Grab a plant list from the state WNPS website and make your own trip. There are lots of places to explore for native flora here in Whatcom County.

Chapter E-mail Announcement list

Our chapter has a low-traffic groups.io e-mail list for reminders about upcoming meetings and field trips. To subscribe, send a blank email to wnps-koma+subscribe@groups.io. You’ll be sent a confirmation email from the group. Reply to the confirmation email to activate your subscription. You can always unsubscribe if you find it is not what you want. Or, send list manager Mark Turner an e-mail requesting to join the group.