Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration

Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration

Next event: April 27, 2019

2019 Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration

The Montreat Landcare Committee is sponsoring the Seventh Annual Montreat Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day Celebration. The event will be Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. at Moore Field, next to Lake Susan in Montreat. The goal of this event is to “Promote awareness and use of native plants in Montreat (and other communities) yards, gardens and landscapes, while avoiding introductions of invasive, non-native species.”

Western North Carolina nurseries will be offering a wide variety of native and other plants for home and garden. Informative programs are planned throughout the day. Gardening and plant experts will provide a wealth of information concerning gardening and native plants and trees. Children’s activities will be offered as will music entertainment by Rhiannon and the Relics. A food truck will be serving delicious offerings all day. To add interest to the day, a raffle with items from local individuals and proprietors will be held, with the drawing for the winner at the end of the Plant Sale. Come, learn and enjoy!

Nurseries and Other Vendors:
Exhibits, Information and Display Tables:
  • The American Chestnut Foundation representative, Doug Gillis, will explain about the restoration effort of the American Chestnut tree
  • Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on gardening
  • The Hemlock Restoration Initiative will explain the work that is being done to stop the Hemlock decline
  • “Be a Tree” and other Children’s Activities staffed by Montreat College students and faculty
  • The Montreat Landcare Committee will share information both on preferred native plants and on invasive plant species to avoid
  • A National Wildlife Federation providing information including how your yard can become a Certified Wildlife Habitat
  • Firewise and Bearwise  information will be available.
  • The Presbyterian Heritage Center table will offer an historical view of the Montreat natural environment with information on forests, fires, floods and a tree inventory plan
  • Salamander Saturday exhibit will offer information on native salamander populations, with signups for a creek expedition at 11:00am (see below) and an evening salamander night hike Saturday evening (see below)
  • The Montreat Ranger Hut will be open with information about the area and other take away resources like bear-wise materials, Parkway Foundation brochure, Montreat Outdoors brochures and Ranger Rick materials

Schedule of Events:

9:00 am – Arbor Day proclamation reading by Montreat Mayor Tim Helms and presentation of Tree City USA recognition to Town of Montreat

9:30 – 1:00 pmMusical entertainment by Rhiannon and the Relics

10:00 Salamanders of Montreat by Montreat College’s Josh Holbrook, followed by a half hour creek walk with Josh

10:30Renee Fortner from RiverLinkWill speak about WaterRICH Landscape- Gardening with a focus on Stormwater Management

11:15Ranger Dillon Michael, NC Forest Service, speaking on Tree Health for Homeowners

NoonHellbender Conservation in Montreat presentation by a student of Josh Holbrook

1:00 pm Doug Gillis, American Chestnut Tree Foundation, presenting on Chestnut tree restoration efforts and its current status and progress

1:30Raffle drawing. Winners need not be present

9:00 pmSalamander Night Hike (Limit: 15 participants) with Josh. Says Josh, “we might see 100 salamanders on any given night!”

Breakfast and lunch will be available from J. Lee’s Chicken Shack

Location: Moore Field, just below Lake Susan, along Lookout Road. Ample parking is across the street in the Anderson Auditorium lot, about 9/10 of a mile and on the right side of Assembly Drive after entering Montreat.

Click here for a Brochure for the 2019 Native Plant Sale

For a gallery of images click here. Images with permission of Joe Standaert

Our History

The idea for a “native plant sale” in Montreat was conceived and adopted as a Landcare project in 2012. We recall the “buzz” of homeowners during the first event, on a bright crisp morning in 2013, and the pleasure of all four of our vendors (and master gardeners) with customer traffic that day. While the original emphasis has continued to be on providing a venue for display and purchase of locally sourced, smaller, perennial native plants, the event grew to include an Arbor Day (trees) component in 2015. Plus, a new series of educational workshops seemed to be a hit with property owners. Three of the original four plant vendors still were with us in 2016. Locating new growers/sellers who trade exclusively in native plant species is a challenge, especially at this time of year, not just for us but other communities as well. Defining the right mix of natives and decorative, long-blooming annual flowers to offer is a work in progress.

What’s a Native Plant?

More than ever, native plants should be the preferred choice of homeowners, businesses and institutions for their gardens. A native plant is adapted to local climate and seasons, and offers advantages concerning drought hardiness and resistance to disease and insect pests. In contrast, so-called invasive plants cause problems in the environment because they may be toxic to native wildlife, while a lack of natural controls can allow rampant growth. Click here for Montreat Landcare Fact Sheet #1 with some practical tips on use of native plants.

What Are Invasive Plants and Why Avoid Them?

“Exotics” are non-native plants introduced by human action from another geographic area. Some are accidental, but many have been deliberate, intended to beautify gardens or actually enhance wildlife. Many are benign. But, a particular class of non-natives called “invasive species” is dangerous to native flora and even animals. They can choke out favored wildflowers, overgrow plants, and be harmful to wildlife. Montreat invasives include Japanese knotweed, Oriental bittersweet, and even English Ivy. See Landcare Fact Sheet #2 concerning invasives.