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Make Earth Day Every Day at the Spring Native Plant Sale

4/11/2017

Celebrate Earth Day early by taking advantage of a wide offering of native north Florida plants during the 2017 Spring Native Plant Sale. Native plants are adapted to drought and the heat of summer, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, require less upkeep and help save money. The Spring Native Plant Sale is at Morningside Nature Center Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

An exclusive member’s only sale is Friday, April 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). It’s easy to join in person or online, and memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted. The Native Plant Sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks and the Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

The Native Plant Sale features thousands of beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society, and certify that plants are nursery propagated and grown.

The Native Plant Sale features:

  • Free expert plant advice from the Florida Native Plant Society
  • Free Park-A-Plant service which allows you to shop hands-free while we tag, store and help load your plants
  • Music from bluegrass quartet, Boilin’ Oil, childrens’ activities, guided nature walks at 9 and 11:30 a.m., as well as environmental booths at no cost!

To join the Friends of Nature Parks, please visit their website at http://www.friendsofnatureparks.org/. To join the Florida Native Plant Society, please visit their website at http://paynesprairie.fnpschapters.org/.

Proceeds from the sale benefit environmental and cultural history programs offered by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., three miles east of downtown Gainesville.



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