May 15, 2015

It's our Native Plant Sale Weekend

Incredible plants, displays, lectures, more

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17
10 am to 4 pm
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center
7 miles N of I-78/Rte 61; 895 East to Hawk Mountain Road
610-756-6961 or

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“Go native” at Hawk Mountain Native Plant Sale

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host its annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine, in the Visitor Center parking area. In addition to a great stop for the conservation-minded gardener, the event also will boast two days of garden-themed education programs, three lectures, displays by master gardeners and Signature Pond and Patio, food sales by Brickhouse Grill in Orwigsburg, plant sitting service so buyers can explore the Sanctuary after shopping, and more.

Spearheaded by Hawk Mountain volunteers, the sale offers a wide selection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, ferns and ground covers, all native to northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Admission is free and all plant sales benefit Hawk Mountain conservation programs. A modest trail fee applies for those who wish to visit scenic overlooks.

Ernst Conservation Seeds Native Plant Lectures

Three lectures this year are sponsored by Ernst Conservation Seeds and on Saturday will feature Bill Cullina, Executive Director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and former Nursery Director and Head Propagator for the New England Wildflower Society. Cullina will present “Why You Can’t Buy a Forest in a Can” at 1 pm and “Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera,” at 5 pm. The next day, Ernst Conservation Seeds horticulturist Mark Fiely will present “Wildlife Friendly Meadows” at 1 pm in the Education Building. All talks are free for members or $5 for non-members.

Our staff and volunteers know the benefits of making the switch to native species, as well as the beauty and variety available. This sale is a great way to spread this important conservation message,” explains Garden Manager Ryan Beltz.

Throughout the weekend, volunteers will offer free information and helpful tips on how to use natives in their home landscape. Most important, visitors can gain expert advice on putting the right plant in the right place—the key to any garden’s success. For example, buyers can learn which plants will work best in sunny, dry places as opposed to shady and damp corners. For those who wish to learn more, a wide selection of books about native plant gardening will be available for sale in the Mountain Bookstore.

“At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, invasive plant control is a major challenge in maintaining forest health and function. This event allows us to educate others about how native habitats can benefit birds and to help our neighbors create native landscapes of their own,” says Hawk Mountain President Jerry Regan.