Delaware Nature Society’s annual Native Plant Sale will be online and open to the public Sunday and Monday, May 2 and 3. This spring’s theme is Hope Blooms, to celebrate the return of spring and an end to the long winter. Get a sneak preview of plants for sale now at DelNature.org. Quantities will be limited, so be sure to shop early!
Plants can be picked up May 13-15; one location will be in northern New Castle County, the other will be in northern Sussex County. Exact locations will be provided after purchase.
DelNature is focused on protecting wildlife and their habitats, improving local water quality, and implementing sustainable and regenerative practices on working and natural lands. Plant purchases support diversity in one’s own garden, and sale proceeds directly support conservation and management of diverse habitats, and protection of area waterways.
Invasive plant species hurt the ecosystem by squeezing out native species and providing less food for the insects and animals that depend upon plants to survive. More than 30 percent of wildlife is vulnerable due to habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.
DelNature will offer three pre-made plant packages to make planting easier, including plants that attract butterflies and birds.
The Abbott’s Mill 40th Anniversary Package includes six plants for $40 – 3 Asclepias tuberosa/Butterfly Milkweed, 2 Rudbeckia fulgida fulgida/Black-eyed Susan, and 1 Schizachyrium The Blues/Little Bluestem. Buyers can celebrate the 40th anniversary of Abbott’s Mill Nature Center by planting their own micro-meadow.
The Butterfly Garden Package offers eight plants for $55 – 2 Eutrochium/Joe Pye, 3 Lobelia siphilitica/Blue Lobelia, 2 Phlox Jeana/Garden Phlox, and 1 Solidago Fireworks.
The Bird Package includes eight plants for $65 – 2 Vaccinium/Blueberry, 1 Panicum/Switchgrass, 3 Echinacea/Purple Coneflower, and 2 Solidago caesia/Goldenrod.
For everyone’s health and safety during plant pickup, DelNature staff will follow current safety guidelines including staying six feet apart from customers, wearing face masks, and sanitizing hands between orders. Pickup will be curbside.
Delaware Nature Society’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve the environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Founded in 1964, DelNature is a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. It provides the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship. It manages over 2,000 acres of land and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.