Delaware Nature Society’s Annual Native Plant Sale tradition continues online this year.
Customers can purchase native plants from 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, to 8 p.m., Monday, May 11. Quantities will be limited, so early shopping is recommended for those who would like the best selection.
More than 120 varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants that will help attract and sustain pollinators are available for purchase.
"Many things have changed these past few weeks, but nature always needs native plants. Not only are native plants beautiful, disease resistant and resilient, they also feed our native insects, birds and animals. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife – and the planet – for future generations. The online sale is going to be a plant lover’s dream. Most of the three growers are specialty growers featuring plants we normally don’t get to offer,” said Lori Athey, Delaware Nature Society habitat coordinator.
After making their online purchases, buyers can pick up plants curbside Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17, in a time slot they choose.
Customers picking up plants will remain in their cars while nature society staff load the plants in the back of the vehicles. The pickup location will be in New Castle County and disclosed at the time of purchase.
For everyone’s health and safety, staff will follow social distancing rules including meeting people curbside, spreading out pickup times, staying six feet apart from customers, using facemasks, and sanitizing hands between orders.
Plant purchases support diversity in buyers’ gardens, and proceeds directly support conservation and management of diverse habitats and protection of area waterways. More than 30 percent of wildlife is vulnerable due to habitat loss, climate change and invasive species.
For more information, go to www.DelNature.org/NPS.