Friday, April 23, 2021

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Native Plant Sale Set For May 15-16

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County will hold its annual Native Plant Sale May 15 and 16 featuring over 100 species of Pennsylvania native wildflowers, perennials, vines, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

These native plants can help attract birds, butterflies, and wildlife and create a more natural environment in the local landscape. 

The sale runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 15 and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 16.

“We consistently offer a wide selection of natives for a wide range of growing conditions, including many that are not commonly found in the nursery trade,” says garden volunteer Rudy Keller, who encourages visitors with specific plants in mind to arrive early. Plants that attract birds and butterflies, as well as plants in bloom, sell quickly.

Most available plants are grown by the volunteers at the sale, with a few slow-growing plants coming from native plant wholesalers.  

Rudy says that these plants which are more difficult to propagate “usually sell fairly quickly, with mountain laurel and the uncommonly offered sweetfern being especially popular, because quantities are limited.”

Attendees can find the perfect plants for outside their home based on habitat, such as sunny, hot, shady, and wet environments, with the help of knowledgeable volunteers who will be ready to answer questions and offer advice.

Funds raised from the Native Plant Sale benefit the Sanctuary’s general fund as well as improve the Sanctuary’s Native Plant Garden and fund future plant sales.

The Sanctuary is following COVID guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing to ensure a safe environment for all volunteers, staff, and visitors to the plant sale. Masks are required, and visitors are asked to maintain a six-foot distance from non-household members.

Visit the Spring Native Plant Sale webpage for all the details.

For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary website or call 610-756-6961.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Sanctuary, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, visit them on Flickr and visit their YouTube ChannelClick Here to support Hawk Mountain.

Resource Links:

-- Pollinator Gardens: Help Encourage Ecological Diversity In Your Own Backyard

-- Manada Conservancy Offers Pollinator/Native Plant Landscape Design Service [Recommended]

Related Articles:

-- Manada Conservancy Now Accepting Orders For Online Spring Native Plant Sale In Dauphin County

-- Independent Conservancy Hosts Wildflower Walk At Rocky Bend Nature Preserve In Beaver County April 25

[Posted: April 23, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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