August 30, 2014

Fall native plant sale: Sept 13-14

Great time to go native

Swamp milkweed photo courtesy of Mary Linkevich

Visit the Native Plant Garden and Sale page

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host its annual Autumn Native Plant Sale on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14 outside the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and featuring a wide selection of native trees, grasses, vines, shrubs and flowering plants. Saturday’s sale also coincides with a Fall Pollinator Workshop, which offers the chance to learn more about incorporating pollinator-friendly plants in the home landscape. The Native Plant Sale is free and open to the public while the Pollinator Workshop costs $20 for non-members and requires advance registration by calling 610-756-6961.

Hawk Mountain President Jerry Regan says that native plants continue to grow in popularity, and the migration season at Hawk Mountain is a great time to share a strong education message on the importance of native species.

“Lots of people want to keep the garden going well into autumn, and this is a perfect time to put plants in. We’ll have plenty of colorful native plants available to help brighten up visitors’ gardens before winter hits,” he says, "and our vistitors can learn more about how natives benefit wildlife.

Regan adds that the sale is a good time to visit the lookouts and watch for south-bound migrants, and plant sale volunteers make it as easy as possible. "Our volunteers will watch over your purchases until 4 pm, or we have dedicated 'shuttlers' who do nothing but help you carry your plants to your car," he says.

Native plants available for purchase during the sale will include asters, goldenrods, milkweeds, coneflowers, brown-eyed susans, and more. Visitors also can take home free pamphlets about using natives in home gardens, and have the chance to consult with volunteer experts on plant selection and care. The bookstore even offers a year-round selection of native plant gardening books for those interested in learning more.

All proceeds from the sale benefit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary science and education programs.

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs.


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