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The official publication of the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association features news, trends, and research relevant to the nursery and landscape industry. Learn more at www.wsnla.org


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  • Contents


    8 Not Just Another Native

    Unusual & Underused Native Plants.

    11 Native Plant Resource List

    Expand Your Knowledge.

    12 Native Plants for Screening

    Septic Mounds

    Columns4 From the President

    5 Legislative Update

    6 Executive Director

    18 Bugs & Blights

    Departments7 Member Notes

    16 CPH of the Month

    19 Industry News20 Chapter News

    21 WSNLA Marketplace

    22 Calendar of Events

    ThE Official PUblicaTiON Of Washington State Nursery & landscape association

    July 2014 VOl 66. NO. 7

    Editor breanne chavez

    Published Monthly by:Washington State Nursery & landscape association34400 Pacific hwy S., Suite 2federal Way, Wa 98003800.672.7711fax 253.661.6058

    Subscription Price: $39 annually

    Deadlines: News, Classified ads Advertising5pm the 1st of the month preceding the first-of-the-month publication. To place an advertisement, contact breanne at (800) 672-7711 or breanne@wsnla.org.

    WSNla reserves the right to refuseany ads which are misleading, unethical, contrary to WSNla policy, or which do not pertain to the nursery and landscape industry.

    Executive Directorbreanne chaveze-mail breanne@wsnla.org

    finance & Operations Directorholly Osborne, cPhe-mail holly@wsnla.org industry advancement Jeanne McNeil e-mail jmcneil@wsnla.org

    2014, Washington State Nursery and landscape association

    Vaccinium Ovalifolium. Photo provided by Dana bressette. for more Unusual and Underused natives turn to page 8.

    Dicentra formusa. Photo provided by Walter Siegmund. for more native plants for screanning septic mounds, turn to page 12.

    cover photo: Vancouveria hexandra. Photo provided by Walter Siegmund.

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    interested in sharing your opinions and comments with b&b readers? if you take the time to share your thoughtful comments, WSNla will be sure to share them with b&b readers. Please submit to breanne@wsnla.org or by fax at (253) 661-6058. Deadine: 1st of each month.


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    Megan Pulkkinen, CPH WSNLA President Megan Pulkkinen landscape Design


    [ fROM ThE PRESiDENT ]

    SHARE YOUR CONCERNSOften we only hear from the minority on issues we know the majority is concerned about.

    Native plants have been making the news for a while now. The mainstream media has jumped on the trending topic and people are asking more questions about their appropriate use. Some new voices are mixing it up with long time native plant advocates. a good debate is taking place on expanding the requirement for the percentage of native plants on projects of all types. from small city lots to large public projects, we need to inform policy makers and the public that each site is unique and requires assessment of all the elements and impacts by a

    professional. Sites can be complex and in my opinion inflexible mandates do not always serve the environment we are trying to improve.

    The lively conversation on the required use of native versus adapted species has involved national and local policy makers, researchers, scientists, nursery producers, maintenance professionals, retailers, contractors, garden writers, and designers. Each of them making the case for their own conclusions, and those of their paying clients. Our members who have direct experience with the plant material and its care over time need to educate those involved in the decision making process who have not had that opportunity.

    i know we have members qualified to debate on all sides of any issue, and there are plenty of them facing us right now. how do you feel about proposed regulation on natives, invasive plant listings, neonicotinoid regulation, immigration policy, or state transportation bills? Please take a few minutes to let our staff and board know how you feel on any of these important issues confronting your business. We need to know how to best represent your interests. Often we only hear from the minority on issues we know the majority is concerned about.

    from speaking with many of you, i am confident we have more in common as an organization than some might assume when it comes to the long term strength of our Washington State Nursery and landscape industry.

    Thank you, Your non-native, but regionally adapted President.

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    Legislative UpdateWSNla Works To Protect Your business

    Election season is here. love it or hate it, you will see campaign signs popping up along the road, flags waving in your local parades and candidates smiling faces on brochures in the Republican and Democratic booths at the county fair.

    Getting to know the candidates, and what they believe in, could be one of the most important things you do for your business this summer. The more legislators who understand the challenges of running a small business, especially one that depends on Mother Nature, the more effectively WSNla can be in Olympia.

    Each person is represented by three state legislators, two members of the house of Representatives and one Senator. Every legislators bio is online on the Washington State legislatures website and on his or her campaign website, search by name. Reading their bio will tell you about their family, work experiences and interests. The more you know, the better prepared you will be to vote. This summer, the entire house and half of the Senate are up for election. They will be out at public events as well as fundraisers and candidate forums. This is a great time to get to know them and what their priorities are. if they do not know who you are, or what you need, they cannot help you. candidates are interested in

    what is happening in their district and want to know what their constituents care about, especially those who are creating jobs.

    Think your vote doesnt matter? consider this, currently; the Senate is made up of 26 Democrat and 23 Republican Senators. Two of the Democrats joined with the Republicans in 2013 to form the Majority coalition caucus, leaving Democrats in the minority. as many as ten state Senate districts could be considered swing districts capable of going for either party in the November election. Majority coalition members hold eight of those seats and Democrats hold two. That means if the Democrats win four out of the ten races, they could gain control of the Senate. The districts generally considered to be swing districts are mainly in the greater Puget Sound area, the 26th, 28th, 30th, 45th, 47th and 48th. Other districts that could swing are the 6th in Spokane and northwest Washingtons 35th, 42nd and 44th districts. in those ten districts, every vote counts and control of the Senate hangs in the balance.

    There are four Senators not running for re-election. There are three house members running for Senate seats and an additional three house members not running for re-election for a total of six open seats in the house of Representatives.

    here are the highlights:

    28th District, most of western and southern Pierce County: Senator Steve Oban, R-University Place, and Rep. Tami Green, D-lakewood, will compete for the Senate seat, leaving Greens house seat open. This is considered one of the most evenly contested races in the state and will be a factor in future control of the Senate.

    30th District, northern Pierce and southern King Counties: Democratic Senator Tracy Eide is retiring. Mark Miloscia, a former Democratic state representative, switched to the Republican Party and is running to fill that seat. he has several democratic


    31st District, Auburn, Enumclaw and the 410 corridor: Republican Rep. cathy Dahlquist is running against incumbent Republican Senator Pam Roach leaving her house seat open.

    35th District, Mason plus parts of Kitsap and Thurston Counties: incumbent Sen. Tim Sheldon, D- Potlatch faces challengers from both the Republican and Democrat parties. Sheldon, along with Rodney Tom were the two Democrats that joined Republicans to form the Majority coalition caucus.

    37th District, King County Renton to the Central District, including Rainier Valley: Senator adam Kline is retiring.

    42nd District covers most of Whatcom County. Incumbent Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale faces a Democratic challenger. Rep. Jason Overstreet is not running for reelection.

    44th District, Snohomish County from Lake Stevens to Mill Creek: incumbent Senator Steve hobbs, D-lake Stevens faces a Republican challenger. Rep. Mike hope is not running for reelection.

    45th District, Redmond and parts of Kirkland, Woodinville and Carnation: incumbent Sen. andy hill, R- Redmond, who chairs t