September 04, 2013

Fall-flowering native plant sale

Sept 14-15

Swamp milkweed

Autumn Native Plant Sale
September 14 & 15
10 am to 4 pm
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center

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Hawk Mountain Saturday will host a sale of fall-flowering native plants on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 from 10 am to 4 pm. Saturday’s sale coincides with the annual Monarch Migration Day, so attendees can also enjoy a wide variety of information on the importance of native plants to migrating butterflies and other insects. Both days will feature free live raptor programs at 10, noon, 2 and 4 pm.

“Lots of people want to keep the garden going well into autumn, and our sale is great way to help local gardeners introduce plants that benefit wildlife and keep visual interest throughout the year,” explains Sanctuary president Jerry Regan.

“The sale is also a great excuse to get outside and walk to the lookout during the migration season. I hope some of our local gardeners become hawk watchers, too," he adds.

Native plant species available for sale on both days will include asters, goldenrods, milkweed, coneflowers, brown-eyed susans, and a selection of vines, grasses, ferns, trees and shrubs. Along with plants, gardeners may also take home free information on using natives in the home landscape, or get free advice from volunteer experts on what plants work best in wet or dry soil, and which will thrive in sunny or shady spots. In addition, a wide selection of books about native plant gardening are always available for sale in the Mountain Bookstore.

“The staff and volunteers here have me hooked on natives,” says Regan. “They’re low-maintenance, low-cost and they really do attract more birds, butterflies and wildlife to your own backyard.”

The native plant sale is free and open to the public, but a trail fee applies for those who wish to visit scenic overlooks.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve will also offer an Invasive Plant Workshop on Saturday that carries a $35 fee for non-members and requires advanced registration by calling 610-756-6961. This workshop will be held at the Education Building from 1 to 3 pm, and will focus on teaching the most unwanted plants in the landscape, and how to identify them. Invasive species covered will include herbaceous plants such as garlic mustard, vines like the Japanese honeysuckle, and woody plants such as multiflora rose.

The term “native plant” refers to a species that is endemic to a region. Non-native plants, or “exotics,” are species introduced intentionally or unintentionally from other countries or regions after European settlement.

Many exotics leave their natural predators at home and become “invasive;” that is, the exotic plant can spread so vigorously that it displaces native species and impacts the insects and wildlife that feed on them. In fact, invasive plants can push rare and not-so-rare species to the brink of extinction. While native plant gardening has been growing in popularity because it helps to attract more wildlife, seasoned and novice gardeners also are turning to natives for the sheer appreciation of the native plant’s beauty and durability.

The 2,600-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The Sanctuary’s Visitor Center and eight-mile trail system with scenic overlooks are open to the public year-round. Trail fees on autumn weekends cost $8 for adults and seniors and $3 children six to 12. On weekdays, fees reduce to $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children six to 12. Members are always admitted free, and memberships begin at $50 for a family. 
For more information, please call Hawk Mountain at 610-756-6961 or visit
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