April 29-May 5 has been set aside as Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington state.
This is exciting because it draws attention to and celebrates the great diversity of plants in the state. People throughout Washington can attend events dedicated to native plants and learn about ways they can turn their gardens and landscapes into sanctuaries for these important species, some of which are declining because of habitat loss and other factors.
A major benefit of making native plants the focus of a garden is that they usually require fewer resources. Because they are native to the area, they know how to get by with what the environment provides them.
For more details on Native Plant Appreciation Week, check out the page the Washington Native Plant Society has made for it.