FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2019
Director of Marketing and Communications
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Chippewa Nature Center to Host Native Plant Sale May 23-25
WHEN: Thursday, May 23 • 12-7 pm (Members Only)
Friday, May 24 • 9 am-7 pm (Public Welcome)
Saturday, May 25 • 9 am-12 pm (Public Welcome)
WHERE: Chippewa Nature Center
400 S Badour Rd, Midland
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) will host its 14th annual Native Plant Sale on Friday, May 24 from 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 12 pm. Members are invited to a special preview sale on Thursday, May 23 from 12-7 pm. Visitors may become a member and shop the sale on Thursday. 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; cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
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, local Master Gardeners, the native plant group “Wild Ones” and other plant experts 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 signature sponsor Ace Hardware & Sports, as well as Arbury Insurance Agency; Bluemer Contracting; PM Blough, Inc.; Randi’s Green Thumb, Inc. and Ted’s Home and Lawn, Inc., Dennis and Barb Hurley, Dr. Sandra J. Simmons and Deborah and Terry 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.