Hawk Mountain announces 2021 Spring Native Plant Sale

Posted on April 20, 2021 in Visitors

Shoppers at the Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 15th begins Hawk Mountain’s Native Plant Sale weekend, featuring over 100 species of Pennsylvania native wildflowers, perennials, vines, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees. These native plants can help attract birds, butterflies, and wildlife and create a more natural environment in the local landscape. The sale runs from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday, May 16th.

“We consistently offer a wide selection of natives for a wide range of growing conditions, including many that are not commonly found in the nursery trade,” says garden volunteer Rudy Keller, who encourages visitors with specific plants in mind to arrive early. Plants that attract birds and butterflies, as well as plants in bloom, sell quickly.

Most available plants are grown by the volunteers at the sale, with a few slow-growing plants coming from native plant wholesalers.  Rudy says that these plants which are more difficult to propagate “usually sell fairly quickly, with mountain laurel and the uncommonly offered sweetfern being especially popular, because quantities are limited.”

Attendees can find the perfect plants for outside their home based on habitat, such as sunny, hot, shady, and wet environments, with the help of knowledgeable volunteers who will be ready to answer questions and offer advice.

Funds raised from the Native Plant Sale benefit the Sanctuary’s general fund as well as improve the Sanctuary’s Native Plant Garden and fund future plant sales.

The Sanctuary is following Covid-19 guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing to ensure a safe environment for all volunteers, staff, and visitors to the plant sale. Masks are required, and visitors are asked to maintain a six-foot distance from non-household members.

For more information regarding the Native Plant sale or other upcoming events, visit hawkmountain.org/events