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Native Plant Sale April 1 but preorder purchases now

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The Friends 21st annual Native Plant Sale will proclaim the return of spring from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center at 1215 N. Ind. 49 in Porter.

The Visitor Center is easy to find, just north of Interstate I-94 and just south of U.S. Highway 20, on the east side of Ind. 49. There’s ample parking on site and admission is still free.

Space for the sale, however, is limited, so the Friends strongly encourage folks to pre-order, and the supply of particular plants on the day of the sale will be be determined by their popularity as a pre-order item.

Remember: pre-orders are filled in the sequence in which they’re received, and every year several varieties will sell out before the day of the sale.

The Native Plant Sale pre-order forms are available at the offices of Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton Feed and Garden Center, and the Visitor Center. To request that a pre-order form be mailed to you, contact Zella Olson, chair of the Native Plant Sale, at (219) 926-3833.

The deadline for submitting a completed native plant sale pre-order form is April 1.

There will still be open shopping of all plant material. Bring your questions : informed gardening consultants will be available to answer all of them.

A variety of free leaflets on planting with wildflowers and the many benefits of going native will also be available.

All Native Plant Sale proceeds will go to support the mission of the Friends of Indiana Dunes.

More than 100 native plant species are available: among them, woodland flowering plants and ferns; dry, medium, and wet prairie flowering plants; and grasses, shrubs and trees. As always, there will be a large selection of hard to find woodlands and ferns. All varieties come in pots and are native to Northwest Indiana, Northeast Illinois, and Southwest Michigan.

Established in July 1982 and incorporated in August 1986, the Friends of Indiana Dunes Inc. is a non-profit, philanthropic membership organization whose mission is to enhance and foster understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Dunes through financial and volunteer support of educational, interpretive, and resource management programs.


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