How does this plant sale work?
Check out our How It Works page to find out!
What about COVID-19? Can I still pick-up my plants?
Short answer; yes! But plant pick-ups are postponed until May or June.
As the ground shifts under us, Sparrowhawk owners, community partners, and volunteers are engaged in extensive conversation and deep analysis of our systems. In recent weeks, we developed the strongest, safest plant distribution plan possible (details below).
But on 3/23/20, Gov Brown issued an executive order encouraging all Oregonians to "stay-at-home" except for essential activities. We are also starting to experience challenges with our supply chain as wholesale growers are forced to reduce the scale of their operations and workforce, and potentially close their doors temporarily. We know this will only intensify in the coming weeks.
Above all, our top priority is keeping staff, volunteers and customers safe. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the plant pick-up until May (hopefully) or June. We will continue updating this webpage as the situation evolves and will notify our customers, volunteers, and community partners via email and Facebook about any changes as soon as possible.
**Please note - all spring customers should have received an email on March 24 notifying them of the pick-up change. If you ordered plants for an April pick-up and did not see a notification, please check your spam/promotions folder and save us under your "safe sender" list for future notifications.
We kindly ask you to bear with us during this time. As you can imagine, losing our spring season revenue would be devastating to our new business, would significantly impact our families, and would leave our community partners without their fundraising share after so much hard work.
In the meantime, feel free to read our plant pick-up plan, which we look forward to implementing as soon as possible:
1) Rather than having customers mill about, putting together their individual orders as we typically would, we're implementing a drive-through layout, where customers will stay in their cars and have their plants brought to them.
2) We are eliminating all "day-of" sales as well as the "flash sale", which we would typically hold at the end to sell off over-stock. This will be a scaled-back, simple opportunity to pick-up your pre-ordered plants with no on-site exchange of money, credit cards etc.
3) We will have no more than 10 staff and volunteers onsite at anytime. We are fortunate that your plants will be staged outside, in a spacious parking lot, where we can comfortably move through the space safely.
4) All staff and volunteers will maintain 6ft of social distance from each other, and from our customers, at all times. This protocol will be strictly enforced.
5) Upon arrival, staff and volunteers will be required to leave all personal items in their car and will receive a training in the health and safety protocols. They will receive their clean/sterilized materials (gloves, clipboard, wheelbarrow, sharpie) that they will solely use throughout their shift. Volunteers will be required to wear gloves at all times. All volunteer materials will be disinfected at the start and end of each day and between shifts (except gloves - volunteers on each shift will use a fresh pair and deposit the used pair in a hamper to be washed in hot water that evening, before reuse the next day). There will be a hand-washing station with sanitary paper towels onsite.
6) When you arrive you'll be directed into one of 12 parking spaces. In the event all spaces are full, you will queue up on the street until a space becomes available. Once inside the lot, you can expect to wait 30 min, give-or-take, depending on the size of your order.
7) One volunteer will greet you, through your car window, at 6ft distance. Then they will retrieve all of your plants and place them beside your car to be double-checked by Sparrowhawk staff (without touching them).
8) Once double-checked, we will bid you farewell, walk away, and allow you to get out of your car and self load. Please bring your own gardening gloves and wear them as you load, unload, and plant your plants.
With these measures in place, we hope to share the benefits of getting important habitat plants into your yards and neighborhoods, while contributing to a great cause - which feels more important now than ever before.
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Will Sparrowhawk Native Plants help me get my Backyard Habitat Program Certification?
Yes! The Backyard Habitat Certification Program advocates for native plants that are on the Portland Plant List . Almost all of the plants we will be selling on Sparrowhawk Native Plants website are on the Portland Plant List except for a few: Showy Milkweed, Western Geranium and Goatsbeard, which are all Oregon native.
There are so many options! How do I decide which native plants to buy for my yard?
First, decide where you would like to add a native garden to your yard to welcome local birds and pollinators, and then think about how much sun or shade that area gets and how dry or wet the soil seems. Then, filter the plants by those conditions to find the plants that will likely work best for your new Native Garden.
To benefit wildlife, think about your native garden as a community of plants that live together (like in nature) versus individual stand-alone plants. Planting species in multiples helps make sure there are enough blooms of that plant to attract pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees.
Do you have advice on how to plant my new potted native plant?
First, water the plant thoroughly in its pot and let it sit overnight or at least a few hours so that its roots have a chance to soak up the water. Dig the hole twice as wide as the pot and loosen the soil around the edges. Gently pull the plant out of it's pot. Look for roots that are circling and pull them out so they point outwards away from the stem. Mix some of the soil from the pot with the existing soil and create a little hill at the bottom of the hole. Set the new plant on the hill and arrange the roots heading down away from the stem. Gently fill in the hole with remaining dirt and water deeply all around. Add a top layer of mulch, which could be wood chips, compost and/or fallen leaves.