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Green Thumb: Alabama Wildflower Society Plant Sale is Saturday

The AWS’ native plant sale is an opportunity for residents to purchase everything from native azaleas to shrubs to native violets and irises for some of the lowest prices available in this area. The AWS’ native plant sale is an opportunity for residents to purchase everything from native azaleas to shrubs to native violets and irises for some of the lowest prices available in this area. Nancy Campbell

By Nancy Campbell 

 

The local chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society (AWS) is holding its 37th annual plant sale this Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kentuck Center courtyard in downtown Northport. The sale features primarily native plants indigenous to the southeastern U.S., but it also includes some non-invasive “passalong” plants that are well-adapted to our area.  

 

Items for sale are obtained from an out-of-state nursery specializing in native plants and from members of the Alabama Wildflower Society, who contribute plants from their own gardens and property. For those interested in gardening to support butterflies and other pollinators, bright-blooming plants for spring, summer, and fall, natives, as well as passalongs, will be clearly marked. 

 

Native plants offered will include lots of shrubs and trees, such as dogwoods, redbuds, pawpaw, butterfly bushes, hydrangeas, sweet shrub, and several varieties of native azaleas, all with some of the lowest prices to be found in this area. Ferns, ground covers, and flowering vines and plants will also be offered.  

 

Wildflowers for sale typically include columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, Lenten roses, spiderwort, various asters and mints, and native irises and violets. Passalongs contributed by members typically include shrubs such as flowering quince, spirea, and kerria, as well as daylilies and other plants from bulbs. 

   

Proceeds from the sale will help further education about, and preservation of, Alabama’s native plant life. Every year, proceeds contribute to college scholarships to botany majors in Alabama colleges and universities. Smaller amounts help to support the Cahaba Lily Society and its annual Cahaba Lily Festival, as well as local projects in partnership with the University of Alabama Arboretum and the Druid City Garden Project.   

 

Customers are encouraged to come early for the best selection. For those who wish to join the Alabama Wildflower Society, membership information will be available on site. 

  

The sale will take place rain or shine. 

 

Photo: Nancy Campbell

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