The Friends of
Indiana Dunes’ 23rd annual Native Plant Sale will herald the return of
spring on Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Native Plant Sale
will be held at the Indiana Dunes Tourism visitor center, located at 1215
North State Road 49 in Porter, just north of Interstate 80-94 and just south
of US 20 on the east side of State Road 49. There is ample parking on site
and admission is free!
Space is limited at
the Indiana Dunes Tourism visitor center for the plant sale, so pre-ordering
is strongly advised.
The supply of
plants on hand the day of sale is determined by their popularity as a
pre-order item. Remember pre-orders are filled in the sequence in which they
are received. Every year several varieties will have completely gone to the
The Native Plant
Sale pre-order forms are available at the State Park Office and at the
Nature Center, as well as at the Indiana Dunes Tourism visitor center. To
request a pre-order form be mailed to you, please contact Angel Gochee-Goins,
Chair of the Native Plant Sale, at 219-980-6723. The deadline for submitting
a completed native plant sale pre-order form is April 6.
As always, there
will be open shopping of all plant material. Informed gardening consultants
will be available to answer questions. A variety of free leaflets on
planting and the many benefits of using native plants will also be
available. All Native Plant Sale profits will go to support the mission of
the Friends of Indiana Dunes.
More than 100
native plant species, including woodland flowering plants and ferns; dry,
medium and wet prairie flowering plants; as well as grasses, shrubs and
trees will be available. As always, there will be a large selection of hard
to find woodlands and ferns. All varieties come in pots and most species 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.