The Salish Seeds Project

Bringing Back Island Wildflowers

The Salish Seeds Project is dedicated to restoring native wildflowers and grasses in the San Juan Islands. Plants and seeds of species native to island grasslands, oak savannahs, and rocky meadows are produced at a nursery located at Red Mill Farm in San Juan Valley. The San Juan Preservation Trust owns the property and the Land Bank runs the nursery. Grants and private donations have funded nearly all the nursery infrastructure.

Many of the plants and seeds produced are used on Land Bank preserves, while some are purchased by other organizations for habitat restoration projects. Anyone is welcome to purchase larger quantities of plants by advance order. Occasional sales events offer the general public a chance to buy smaller quantities of select species.

The Salish Seeds Project only grows native, locally adapted plants, including many showy wildflowers. Most require little water or fertilization and provide excellent habitat for native pollinators. Salish Seeds Project staff are available to assist anyone with plant selection and planning for projects including landscaping, habitat restoration, or just growing a few containers on a sunny deck.

Master Gardeners and other volunteers provide valuable assistance running the nursery. Opportunities to get involved include monthly work parties as well as special projects such as nursery construction or collecting wild seed. Contact Tanja Williamson at 360.370.7655 or email to sign up for volunteer announcements, as well as receive notification of upcoming plants sales or other nursery events.