Annual Native Plant sale set to bloom this weekend at James Farm

No matter how a garden grows, the “Gardening for the Bays” Native Plant Sale set for Saturday, April 30, has something to make it even more spectacular this year.

The annual sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, offers thousands of plants for sun, shade, wet gardens and sandy soils.

Native flowers, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs will be offered by the following participating garden centers: East Coast Garden Center, Millsboro; Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, Md.; EnviroTech, Milton; Inland Bays Garden Center, Frankford; and Sussex Landscaping, Georgetown.

“Gardening for the Bays” T-shirts, gardening gloves and aprons, will also be available for sale, as well as one-of-a-kind bee houses and rain barrels.

In addition to all the items for sale, a number of trail walks and presentations will be held throughout the day. The schedule of events begins at 8 a.m. with a bird walk on the James Farm trails led by Sharon Lynn of the Sussex Bird Club. The plant sale officially begins at 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Tom Lord will lead a trail walk through James Farm. Delaware Master Gardeners will offer a presentation at 10:15 a.m. A second trail walk will be offered at 11:45 a.m., led by Dennis Bartow.

A children’s tent will be available, with activities for the littlest gardeners in the family. Children will have an opportunity to paint a rain barrel to be used at the James Farm year-round and decorate their own butterfly puppet. Dennis Bartow will be on hand with “creepy-crawly” insects to check out and learn about.
Good Earth Market will offer hot dogs, sandwiches and other items for sale.