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.
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
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.