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

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    When and how do I order native plants?

    We offer plants in the spring and fall in Portland, OR and surrounding communities, when it's best to plant in our climate.

    Online ordering for Fall 2021 is now closed.  Our next series of sales will be Spring 2022 with online ordering beginning in February for April pickup.

     

    Here’s a few tips for placing your online order:

    • Plan Ahead: 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.
    • Buy in Multiples: 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!
    • Buy Early for the Best Selection: 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. Ordering will be open until Sept 15, or until plants sell out.
    • Choose the Closest Location for Pick-up: help us spread out our deliveries, drive less, and support your local community by choosing the location closest to you.  Each location has a fresh delivery of plants from our growers the day before the pick-up so each of the four events will have the same high quality assortment available.
    • Order Minimum: 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! 
    • Order Maximum: 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 customerservice@sparrowhawknativeplants.com 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. Online ordering for spring 2022 will be Feb 15 - March 15 for April pick-up. Exact dates and locations of the pop-up pick-up events will be announced in January 2022. Each event is hosted by a different, rad community partner that will receive a percent of the proceeds!  

    At each event, you will park and meet us 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, many 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; customerservice@sparrowhawknativeplants.com