27th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale Is Sept. 12-14 At Reflection Riding Arboretum And Nature Center

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The 27th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale at Reflection Riding will be on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 12-5 p.m.

The public can choose from over 110 different species of native plants for a natural landscape.

Organizers said, "Experienced staff gardeners, master gardeners and horticulture volunteers will be on hand to help you make the selection that's right for your garden. Learn more about Why You Plant in Fall, the importance of using native plants, and how choosing the right plant can make less work for the gardener, support native wildlife and add great beauty. This three-day event features free admission to all aspects of Reflection Riding - our gardens, trails, vistas, exhibits, canoeing, and Wildlife Wanderland featuring our Animal Ambassadors."

A variety of scheduled programs will be available for adults and children all three days. Visit the website www.reflectionriding.org or call 423-821-1160 for more information.

“Our visitors are getting more and more interested in providing habitat for butterflies and pollinators,” said Greenhouse Manager Dr. Paola Zannini Craddock. “We will have plenty of nectar plants (different species of Asters, Hyssops, Coneflowers, Blazing Stars, Mountain Mints) and host plants for caterpillars (Milkweeds, Pipevines, Passionvines, Spicebush).” The Greenhouse Nursery at Reflection Riding operates year-round, taking 120 to 160 different species of native plants, including perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees, from seed to bloom before putting them out for guests to purchase.

“Native plant gardening means using the plants that are best adapted to the conditions where you live,” said Anita Greenwell, Greenhouse Nursery assistant. “Native plant species are better equipped to meet regional wildlife needs. Because they are adapted to local climatic conditions and soils, they are easier to maintain. Your garden can become a place of refuge.”

During the three days of the Native Plant Sale, Reflection Riding offers free admission to all 317 acres for guests to visit and explore, including the Nature Center - home to the endangered Red Wolf. As wildlife experts mingle with the crown, they will introduce the Animal Ambassadors. Among the many planned activities, look for nature crafts for children, a tour of our newest exhibit, The C.E. Blevins Nesting Birds of Reflection Riding, plus walks and hikes focusing on history, fungi, butterflies, ferns and more.

Purchases support Reflection Riding, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the community about native plants, conservation and natural gardening. Quantities are limited. Plan to attend early to get native plants of choice. Thanks to the sponsors of this event: JAT Oil Co., Michael Campbell, The Patten Group, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Niedlov's Breadworks, TN Valley Ice, and Mr. T's Pizza.

Location: 400 Garden Road (GPS location 399 Garden Road), Chattanooga, Tn. 37419

Phone: 423 821-1160



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