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Native plant sale expanded to two weekends
by Joan Durbin
April 02, 2014 10:08 AM | 2453 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Both hobby-level, small space gardeners and those who take pleasure in caring for every inch of their home landscapes will be delighted with the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s expansion of one of its signature events.

Due to popular demand, the Spring Native Plant Sale at the center has been extended to two weekends, April 4 and 5 and April 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all four days.

“The reason we expanded the sale to two weekends was that there are spring breaks at two different times, in Cobb and Fulton,” said Lynn McIntyre, the center’s community relations director.

“We often hear from our members that they wish we had the sale on more than one weekend, so that they can come, since so many people try to take a quick trip out of town”

Also, she said, there is a greater demand in the spring than in the fall for plants because it is a great time to get outdoors in the garden.

The sale will have a dizzting array of choices.

“We’ll have plants for every garden, from full sun to full shade,” said Lisa Cole, the center’s environmental horticulturalist.

Some are plants are familiar, others are far more unusual, but all have the ability to adapt to soil and weather conditions in this geographic clime.

“You’ll find beautiful native azaleas and beautyberries and early bloomers such as columbine, geranium, beardtongues and irises and shade-loving groundcovers like ferns, alumroot, foam flower and phloxes,” Cole said.

The butterfly host and nectar plants for sale will include milkweed, hibiscus, salvias, asters, fennel, bee balm and Joe Pye weed, as well as blooming trees and shrubs. 

The center’s Unity Garden will also have a wide selection of herb and veggie seedlings available. 

Horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer questions.  It’s suggested that visitors shop early, as quantities are limited.

Prior to the two weekends of the sale, Cole will be conducting a workshop at the center on native plants for the home landscape.

The presentation will highlight choices for continual color in the landscape and includes a walking tour of mature plants in the gardens of the center to help attendees design their own at home.

The workshop is Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m., for ages 16 to adult. Participants also have access to the exclusive “members only” sale immediately following the presentation. 

The Spring Native Plant Sale is a significant fundraising event at the center, which occupies 127 acres at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell. In addition extensive foliage and gardens, the center has a river boardwalk, a Discovery Center, woodland trails and more than 30 species of wildlife.

Admission to the center is $6 for children, $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and free for CNC members a kids age 2 and under.

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