press release from Patrick Hennessey at WCC:
“THE NATIVE PLANT CENTER’S ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION WEEKEND; ROSEDALE NURSERIES HOSTS SEPTEMBER 7-8 BENEFIT
Rosedale Nurseries Inc. will host its fourth annual weekend-long benefit for The Native Plant Center, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 51 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY.
A wide selection of northeastern native trees, shrubs, and perennials, including groundcovers and grasses, will be available for purchase at the nursery, and personal shoppers will help customers find the right native plants for their gardens.
New this year will be free educational talks on various aspects of native plants taught by instructors of Go Native U, an educational program of The Native Plant Center and Westchester Community College.
Saturday, September 7
Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Native Plants, presented by Kim Eierman at 11:00 a.m.
Native Shrub and Tree Identification, by Jessica Schuler at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8
1 p.m.: Beneficial Plants for Butterflies, Carolyn Summers
“These informational sessions will emphasize the importance and benefits of native plants and introduce people to Go Native U,” says Carol Capobianco, Director of The Native Plant Center. “We are grateful to Rosedale for their partnership and generosity. This event provides a plethora of species for fall planting.”
Nursery staff as well as volunteers from The Native Plant Center will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions and help customers make selections among beautiful, hardy, and lower-maintenance plants. Along with native plants, Rosedale’s garden shop offers books, gardening supplies, and more. A percentage of proceeds from the event will be donated to The Native Plant Center.
“Rosedale is proud to partner with The Native Plant Center in this effort to educate the public about the beauty and benefits of planting with native trees, shrubs, and perennial plants,” says Richard Schnall, Vice President of Rosedale.
For more information on the benefit, The Native Plant Center, or Go Native U (classes start in September, details at http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/the-native-plant-center/learn/), call The Native Plant Center at 914-606-7870. For information about the benefit only, call Rosedale at 914-769-1300.
The Native Plant Center was established in 1998 as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The Native Plant Center maintains demonstration gardens and educates the public about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants through conferences, field trips, and its Go Native U classes and certificate program.