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APRIL 16, 2016: NATIVE PLANT SALE 9am - 1pm
Conestee Park
840 Maudlin Road (next to baseball stadium)
Greenwood, SC

The SC Native Plant Society, Upstate Chapter will have their native plant sale on Saturday April 16, 9:00am to 1:00pm. For the second year the sale will be held at Conestee Park, 840 Maudlin Road in Greenville, next to the baseball stadium. The SC Native Plant Society's spring native plant sale will feature over 150 types of native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, ferns and grasses. Native plants are a good option for homeowners wishing to create more sustainable, wildlife- friendly landscapes. Native plants are those that originated or evolved within a region over thousands of years and are well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. Wildlife, including pollinating insects, butterflies, and birds, are adapted to native plants. Research indicates even a modest increase in native plant cover significantly increases the number and species of breeding birds. As green spaces continue to diminish with the growth of housing, shopping centers and roads, there's a corresponding decline in insect host plants that threatens the survival of native wildlife. As Douglas W. Tallamy points out in his book, Bringing Nature Home, "You may not have thought of any space on your land as a wildlife preserve, but it represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout our country." The Native Plant sale includes native plants that provide preferred habitat, nectar and food for native wildlife, as well as offering beautiful form and color with a variety of bloom times. Both sun and shade plants will be available, including many hard-to-find species. In addition to plants grown in the Native Plant Society's own nursery, the sale will feature plants and products from eight guest vendors: Carnivorous Plants, Carolina Wild, Earthen Organics, Natives By George!, Nature's Organics, Soul's Ease Gardens, Southern Heritage Nursery, and Wildside Garden. Consultants will be available to assist with plant choices for different kinds of terrain. Dr. Jan Haldeman will be on hand to discuss the issues of invasive plant species. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. For more information, visit South Carolina Native Plant Society.

APRIL 29, 2016: 2016 SC GARDEN JAMBOREE: Join the Foodie Club
Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Old Bush River Rd
Columbia, SC

The Lexington County Master Gardeners will be holding an event Friday, April 29, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. There will be a catered luncheon, door prizes, take home projects and loaded goodie bags. Registration is $50.00. To register and find information about speakers andworkshops go to http://www.LCMGV.org