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Volunteer to be a Plant Homestay (Pickup Dates)
Date: June 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location: McAuliffe Park Map it
10824 NE 116th St
Kirkland, WA

Become a Native Plant Homestay!

We have a few good plants looking for a loving home for the summer! If you have an outdoor space (patio, balcony or yard), access to water and a little time then you too can host a native plant at your place!

Why should I host a native plant at my place?

  • Caring for an outdoor plant is a safe, low-key responsibility for young kids and adults alike, requiring much less care than a new puppy, a prancing pony or even a goldfish!
  • Native plants are natural listeners and grow better when talked to and doted upon!
  • You’ll get to see your little one grow and change through the summer. This fall you’ll give your plant a permanent home by joining Green Kirkland at a planting event or at a self-directed, contact-less planting site in a local Kirkland natural area. 

I’d love to be a native plant homestay– how do I get started?

Registration for this program is now closed - thank you for your interest.

Once you complete your registration and commitment form, you’ll receive directions for contact-less pick-up of:

  • native plant in a 1-gallon pot (slightly larger than a typical houseplant)
  • care package with instructions and education materials
  • You’ll sign a pledge that you’ll return to plant this fall at a Green Kirkland site

Contact-less pick-up is open Sat/Sun June 27-28 and Thurs/Fri July 3-4 from ~9am-5pm at McAuliffe Park in Kirkland - more directions will be sent once you register.

You’ll care for your new native plant family member until planting season this fall (after October 15th). In fall you'll receive directions for attending a planting event or a self-directed (no group) planting area at one of our restoration sites. It will be hard to say goodbye to your new friend but remember you can always come to visit and help care for them!

What are the requirements to be a plant homestay?

  • Be local to the Kirkland Area
  • Willing to pledge to care for your native plant and return in the fall to plant.
  • Homestay's should be around most of the summer to care for the plant as you would a planter box, container plant or garden.
  • Have access to an outdoor space to keep and water your plant - patio, balcony or yard. Part shade is best but we can give you tips based on your space. 
  • Care of your plant homestay mostly includes watering when needed, usually only two times per week with a few gallons of water. Your plant will remain in the pot provided. 

We'll provide you with more tips and suggestions and the plant you receive will be a hardy species. 

Have questions about being a plant homestay?

Feel free to email us: greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov

We hope you can welcome a native plant into your home this summer!

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