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Chippewa Nature Center to Host Native Plant Sale June 4-6
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) will host its 16th annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, June 5 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 6 from 12 to 4 pm. Members are invited to a special presale on Friday, June 4 from 1-7 pm. Visitors may become a member and shop the sale on Friday. New memberships purchased through June 5 will receive a free plant of their choice or a credit toward their purchase; see website for full details. A complete list of plants available at this year’s sale is available at www.chippewanaturecenter.org. Plants will be available for immediate purchase at CNC, located at 400 S Badour Rd in Midland.
Many varieties of native plants will be available including grasses, wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs. Specialty plants such as Cardinal flower, Michigan Lily, Virginia Waterleaf and White Wild Indigo wildflowers will be available, species you won’t find at local nurseries. New to the sale this year are Goat’s Rue, Early Goldenrod, Tall Flat-top White Aster, Black Gum and Choke Cherry trees, and Virgin’s Bower vine. A pictorial guide of plants can be purchased for $5 at the sale, complete with growing conditions, wildlife value and more. CNC staff and the native plant group “Wild Ones” will be on-hand to help shoppers with their needs.
Native plant species are adapted to our climate and soils, making them easier to establish in your home landscape. Planting a diversity of native plants will add beauty to your landscape, providing a wide range of colors throughout the spring, summer and fall. Native flowers also attract many pollinators including bees, ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies.
Using native plants in your landscape is one way you can contribute to a healthy ecosystem! They provide the food, shelter and cover that wildlife needs to survive. By planting native species, you can help restore areas that are being displaced by invasive exotic or ornamental plants that have less value to wildlife.
The Native Plant Sale is generously sponsored by Ace Hardware & Sports; Bluemer Contracting; PM Blough, Inc. Landscape Architecture; Randi’s Green Thumb; Ted’s Home and Lawn, Inc.; Wild Ones – Mid-Mitten Chapter; Dennis and Barb Hurley and Deb Temperly.
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Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19+ miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. Our Visitor Center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.