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Audubon to sponsor native plant sale

By Staff | May 12, 2017

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor its Second Annual Native Plant sale in Shepherdstown on Saturday, May 20.

Timed to be held in tandem with this year’s Shepherdstown Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North King Street, behind the library, in the space where the Shepherdstown Farmers Market is held on Sundays.

The sale will emphasize plants that benefit endangered pollinators like honeybees and butterflies, and it will include informational displays as well as vendors.

Native plant vendors participating so far include Sunshine Farm and Gardens, from Renick, West Virginia; Bluebell Ridge Nursery, from Sharpsburg, Maryland; and Stadler Nurseries, from Frederick, Maryland.

PVAS itself will be selling Butterfly Weed and Swamp Milkweed through a partnership with the Monarch Alliance of Washington County, Maryland. These are plants that produce copious flowers greatly favored by many species of pollinators, including butterflies.

A bee keeper will be on hand to demonstrate bee-keeping and apiculture.

Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and other experts will also be available to answer questions about pollinators and the selection and cultivation of plants that help sustain them.

The Monarch Alliance will have literature available, including sample plans for butterfly gardens.

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.

There will also be garden art for sale by Shary’s Garden Art, of Berkeley Springs.

Watch the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org for information about vendors.

For more information, contact Kristin Alexander of PVAS, at 304-676-3397 or kristin@potomacaudubon.org.