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Audubon Society sponsoring native plant sale Saturday

By Staff | May 13, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Native Plant sale in Shepherdstown on Saturday, May 21. Part of this year’s Shepherdstown GardenFest, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on North King Street, behind the library. It will emphasize plants that benefit endangered pollinators like honeybees and butterflies and it will include informational displays as well as vendors.

Participating native plant vendors will include Sunshine Farm and Gardens, from Renick, West Virginia; Hill House Farm and Nursery, from Castletown, Virginia; Enchanter’s Garden, from Hinton, West Virginia; Bluebell Ridge Nursery, from Sharpsburg, Maryland; and Star Eagle Gardens, from Berkeley Springs. PVAS itself will be selling Butterfly Weed supplied by Sunny Meadows Nursery of Boonsboro, Maryland. Butterfly Weed is a species of native Milkweed that produces copious flowers greatly favored by many species of pollinators, including butterflies.

There will also be garden art for sale by Shary’s Garden Art, of Berkeley Springs and Kearneysville’s Eversweet Apiaries will be selling honey and offering tastings of different honeys.

Sustainable Solutions, of Shepherdstown, will provide information about land management services, such as wildflower meadow planting, and will have warm season grass seed for sale.

Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, bee keepers and other experts will be on hand to answer questions about pollinators and the selection and cultivation of plants that help sustain them. The Monarch Alliance of Washington County, Maryland, will have literature available, including sample plans for butterfly gardens. For more information, contact Kristin Alexander of PVAS, at 304-676-3397 or kristin@ potomacaudubon.org.