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10th Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale!

Gardeners select their plants at the Native Plant Sale in May

Saturday, May 3, 2014
   9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
   James Farm Ecological Preserve
   On Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View

Plants, good food, good advice and fun at the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale!

Close to the shore, beach plums in bloom create drifts of white flowers, blue flag iris cast reflections on ponds, and along some streets in neighborhoods that have ‘gone native,’ the fluttering white blossoms of fringe trees are sure signs of spring’s arrival.

Each year, nurseries offer thousands of native plants; trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and flowers along with advice and expertise.

Sweet Bat Magnolia

East Coast Garden Center from Millsboro expands their inventory of native plants every year, and assist buyers at the sale with selecting the right plant for your garden spot out of the hundreds of plants they bring.  Bethany Gardens brings a wide selection of natives for our maritime climate and coastal soils.

Butterfly Milkweed

Environmental Concern from St. Michael’s Maryland has been part of the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale since its beginning and has learned the interests and preferences of our gardeners, making adjustments each year to bring the plants that people ask for; more than fifty varieties of natives for every coastal habitat.

Envirotech Environmental Consulting from Lewes, experts in pond management and restoration, bring plants that like to have their feet wet and native grasses for gardeners interested in water gardens.  And Roots Nursery from Selbyville joined us last year for their first Gardening for the Bays event.

For gardeners new to native plant gardening, there are lots of experienced gardeners on hand to share advice and experience.  The Master Gardeners from Sussex County distribute information on “Plants for a Livable Delaware,” a brochure that offers native alternatives to popular non-native plants, and sell soil testing kits.

The Delaware Nature Society present their Backyard Habitat Program and show homeowners how they can create a certified “Backyard Habitat.”  The Delaware Invasive Species Council provide information on non-native invasive species that threaten our native flora.

The Delaware Landowner Incentive Program is on hand to provide information on their program to give technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in restoring habitat for wildlife.

Pat Drizd, chair of the event, each year invites all who want to see the ‘Farm,” to come to one of the native plant walks along the trails of James Farm scheduled throughout the day.

Volunteer Cathy Greco

For the first time, the Juice Bar from Bethany Beach will offer  food and drinks for hungry gardeners!

Children enjoying the Native Plant Sale

The Children’s Tent has a new activity each year to entertain the youngest visitors and their parents.  Before you leave, be sure to buy your Gardening for the Bays garden aprons in forest green with a blue flag iris design. Gardening for the Bays tee shirts in long sleeve and short sleeve and 1000 Rain Gardens for the Inland Bays teeshirts are also on sale at the event.

Next spring, leave some space in your garden for bayberry, beach plum, shadbush, and blueberries and get ready to welcome the native birds and butterflies.

If you plant them, they will come!

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Dog feces left on the ground wash into the nearest pond, lake, stream or bay when it rains. Just one ounce of dog feces contains 23 million microorganisms of bacteria - nearly twice that of human waste.

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