How It Works
Sink Your Hands in the Dirt
Breath deep. Your new native plants are helping rebuild a better planet, while supporting our resilient communities.
When and how do I order native plants?
We offer plants in the spring and fall, when it's best to plant in our climate. Our fall season is right around the corner and we have four exciting locations and partners in store for you in SW Portland, Milwaukie, Beaverton and North Portland. The complete season schedule will be announced in early August.
Here’s a few tips for placing your online order:
- Some species may sell out on the opening day of sales. Take time in the days (or weeks) leading up to opening day to browse our website and jot down your wish list.
- When planting with herbaceous plants and groundcovers, buying in multiples (i.e. 3 - 5 of the same plant) is preferred by insects and wildlife. Continuous areas of the same plant provide better foraging and other habitat opportunities. Plus it usually looks better from a design perspective!
- Ordering will go live at 8am on the "opening day". Please note, when we publish the “order live” website, it may take a few minutes for the changes to integrate. Reload the page if you’re not seeing options to buy.
- There is a $30 minimum order. This is especially important during COVID when we are obligated to cap the size of our sales, while still wanting our non-profit partners to earn a meaningful give-back. If this presents a hardship for you, please let us know!
- There is no order maximum (previously set at $500). Order away!!
- Want to CHANGE or ADD to your order after it's been placed? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org rather than placing a second order. Placing a second order will require you to select a new check-out date/time, which causes confusion down the road when you have two pick-up dates/times.
Where do I pick-up my plant order?
When you order online, you will select your pickup location, date and time at check-out. In fall 2021, we will host four pop-up weekends in October to pick-up plants; SW Portland, Beaverton, Milwaukie and North Portland. Each event is hosted by a different, rad community partner that will receive a percent of the proceeds!
Our goal is to organize pop-up events that are FUN, efficient, and COVID-safe. It is extremely important for a COVID-safe and pleasurable event that you arrive on the date and time you selected.
After parking, we’ll meet you at the marked check-in tent where you’ll get a list of everything you ordered. Then, you get to pursue the inventory and pick out your new plant babies to take home! Don’t worry, we’ll double-check at the end to make sure they are all there and answer any additional questions you may have.
What Will My Plants Look Like?
We sell plants in the fall and spring when most plants are dormant because our goal is to make you successful. Transplanting plants when they are dormant leads to less shock and greater success. Fall planting is best, but spring is a close second. Here’s a few notes about what to expect from your new Sparrowhawk plants:
- Your new plants will probably not look like the picture (yet). Some may even look like pots of dirt, especially the bulbs. If you are concerned, please check the pot for a rhizome or root structure before leaving the pop-up, or talk to us at checkout.
- Did you know most native bulbs naturally die back and dry out in the summer? By fall, it will appear to be a dry, rootless bulb. But fear not! This is normal - it will put out new roots in the spring and it’s best for it set down those new roots in its new home in your garden.
- If you purchased a small pot, it may take one full season to several years to reach maturity, depending on the species. Keep in mind this gardening axiom; the first years they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap.
- We do not offer a blanket warranty on plants. We partner with reputable growers. The plants are only in our care for a few days and treated with utmost care during that time. That said, if you have any issues or questions please don’t hesitate to let us know; email@example.com