Sunday, March 21, 2010

Calendar: Learn About Native Plants, and Buy Some

We're leading a spring wildflowers hike this coming Saturday at Carderock. We're sure to see lots of spring ephemerals, likely including  bloodroot and spring beauties among many others. Along with looking at the pretty flowers, we'll discuss the edibility and other traditional uses of this early spring growth. Register here.

That walk will be done by noon, so you should have time to head over to the National Arboretum for their native plant sale with nurseries from around the region. (Many of the plants in our yard originated at this annual event!) It's free, from 9:30 to 2:00. It's a great excuse to take a walk at the Arboretum and pick up a few plants to take home.

The sale is in conjunction with the Lahr Native Plant Symposium. The program includes William Cullina (author of our favorite books on native plants), nationally-known landscape designer Darrel Morrison, a tour of Fern Valley, a session on biodiversity in your backyard, and more. Registration is required and costs $89.

As always, this is just a fraction of the events on our calendar. Check it out for a group activity or get ideas for something to do on your own. We'll see you out there!

2 comments:

Gene Koo said...

Oh no! Checked out this blog entry a week too late for the National Arboretum sale event. Coincidentally, yesterday was coming back from a short trip to Shenandoah and stopped at Blandy Farm - The Virginia Native Plant Society did not seem to be open for sales yet.

When is the next such event? Is it anything like the Arboretum's "Garden Fair" happening on April 24?

Elizabeth | The Natural Capital said...

Here's a link to a list of other native plant sales compiled by the Maryland Native Plant Society: http://www.mdflora.org/events/plantsales.html

The one at ParkFairfax is nice and big, lots of vendors. The CCAN sale in Takoma Park isn't very big, it's just in someone's yard. Haven't been to the others.

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