Our History

Go Natives! Nursery is a small retail native plant nursery in Richmond Beach, north of Seattle in Shoreline. We offer more than 180 species of native plants from throughout the Pacific Northwest.  We grow out most of our plants from bare root and plugs, and scour wholesalers from the Willamette Valley to British Columbia for interesting plants.  Our plants are ideal for rain gardens, creating backyard wildlife habitat, and residential landscaping. Go Natives! Nursery can also broker plant orders for large projects like commercial landscaping and restoration sites. Don Norman started Go Natives! Nursery in 2004.

At the Nursery

Another fall season at Go Natives! finds us scrambling to find many plants due to high demand.  Check our inventory and ask us about plants you want!  We are working on next year’s orders also!

We have installed several more wet beds for rain garden plants and our skunk cabbage, devil’s club, and bog plants are loving the moisture.  We will be heading back to Oregon this month for more plants as many have already sold out!

Our Inventory has recently been updated (It was done on October 15, 2016 – please ask about any plants you want that you do not see or are blank!) and with other arrivals next month.  But ask – we can help you find plants!  We are scouring the area!  Also, if you see something in the inventory you might want for the fall let us know and we can set some aside for you.  We will be around all month to help you get your fall planting project started!

Remember…..We are often around on closed days and always available for appointments!  Expanded hours to 4 days per week.

Our Plants 

Viola glabella flower -by R. Barnhill

Viola glabella by R. Barnhill

Go Natives! Nursery can locate more than 200 species of native plants from around the Pacific NW!  Our inventory includes a wide variety of rain-garden plants like Juncus patens, Kelsey dogwood, Carex obnupta, Labrador Tea , and many others such as skunk cabbage, nodding onion and Myrica gale. We have plugs of Juncus and Carex for raingardens.  Our latest new addition, Curl leaf Mt. Mahogany (Cerocarpus ledifolius) is an evergreen shrub of the southern Willamette valley in Oregon that we have never carried before.  We also were able to locate some large Western White, Jeffrey, and Ponderosa Pines along with Incense Cedars.  Also Silk Tassel.

We believe in plants that are ready for the real world. Plants that are propagated or potted at our nursery are given low amounts of organic fertilizer, mycorrhyzal fungi for healthy root systems and appropriate soil mixes. We practice integrated pest management and don’t rely on chemical treatments that weaken the plant’s natural ability to cope with natural stressors. We use non-chlorinated water.

Go Natives! Nursery works with wholesalers from the Willamette Valley in Oregon to British Columbia, ferreting out small mom and pop operations that are providing quality product with high “in the ground” survival, at excellent prices.

Take a look at our inventory for quantities and pricing.salmonberry flower -by R. Barnhill It’s best to confirm what’s in stock prior to ordering as sometimes things move too fast for us to keep it updated. For large projects, Go Natives! Nursery brokers larger orders than are shown in our inventory. To discuss your project, contact Don Norman at don@gonativesnursery.com.

Visiting the Nursery  by appointment:  To visit and buy plants outside of our public hours, please make an appointment by sending an email to gonatives@gmail.com. The nursery is located in Richmond Beach at 2112 NW 199th St. We are down the hill – not at 199th Place (as some mapping systems have put customers on a wild goose chase!)

If you can, send a list of what you would like to pick up to gonatives@gmail.com  and we can pull the plants ahead of time and have them ready for you to pick up.  Don and his truck are available to help get plants to your place. We offer a consultation with help on a plan, with delivery and placement of plants for $75.