Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale - May 2
Spring is just around the corner - mark your calendars for the Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale, May 2, 2015 at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center from 10 - 3. Over 300 varieties of native plants will be available for sale, educational booths, and programs on rain gardens and bee and pollinator gardens, plus a guided tour of Shaver's Creek native plant gardens, birds of prey presentation and more! Make a day of it!
Looking for that special native plant? Contact our vendors and pre-order for pick up the day of the sale. For more details on this and all the events, click here.
What are Native Plants?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Why Plant Natives?
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple is well known for its sap which is collected in early spring and boiled down to make maple sugar. This beautiful tree can reach heights of 80 - 100 feet. Sugar Maples have spectacular fall color, ranging from bright yellow to red-orange. Often the trees color unevenly, so green, yellow, orange and red can all be seen on the tree at the same time. Sugar Maples provide great shade and as such are desirable landscape trees.
Check out the Maple Harvest Festival at Shaver's Creek on March 21 & 22.
If you have a favorite plant you'd like featured, send a picture and information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 2, 2015 - Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival
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