Starflower Foundation

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The Starflower Foundation was a small non-profit in the City of Seattle funded and led by Ann Lennartz, operating from 1996 to 2007. A wide range of educational resources from the foundation are archived at Washington Native Plant Society.


  • The Starflower Foundation experimented with unprecedented seed-based restoration and contract growing of diverse species with the aim of fully restoring native biodiversity in Seattle parks from ruderal weeds to the canopy.
  • Community groups were identified and cultivated as part of collaboration, along with in-house and pull-out naturalist and gardening programs in nearby schools.
  • Starflower was a strong supporter of Earthcorps crews and focused on restoration of Seattle city parks.
  • Extensive mapping of public lands in the City of Seattle was completed under the foundation, with the mapping groups spinning off to support Earthcorps with the closing of Starflower.