Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration

Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration

Next event: April 28, 2018

The Montreat Landcare Committee is sponsoring the Sixth Annual Montreat Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day Celebration. The event will be take place on Saturday, April 28th 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 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. A special effort is being made to present children’s activities. Food service will be available all day.

Vendors and Exhibitors: Sales of Native Plants, Trees and Supplies:

  • Appalachian Creek Nursery of Swannanoa
  • Carolina Native Nursery of Burnsville
  • Field Venture Farms of Marion
  • High Country Nursery of Fairview
  • In-Site Out Design of Black Mountain, with Gardens of the Blue Ridge
  • Professional Landscape Solutions of Black Mountain
  • Ten Thousand Villages of Montreat

Exhibits, Information and Display Tables:

  • 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
  • Montreat College students will be on hand to teach about the structure and function of trees by facilitating a craft activity for children to “Become a Tree”
  • The Montreat Landcare Committee will share information both on preferred native plants and on invasive plant species to avoid, and on how your yard can become a Certified Wildlife Habitat
  • The North Carolina Forest Service will be distributing information on its Firewise initiative
  • The Montreat Tree Board will provide brochures and flyers for best practice tree maintenance
  • The American Chestnut Foundation will provide information on its activities to restore the American Chestnut Tree

Scheduled Events:

  • 9:00 a.m.– Mayor Tim Helms reads an Arbor Day proclamation, and Montreat will again be honored as a Tree City USA
  • 10:00– Lucy Cohn-Still, Urban Forestry Expert with the North Carolina Forest Service, program on promoting the health of your trees, including tree pruning
  • 11:00– Doug Gillis, President of the Carolinas chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, efforts and advances taking place to restore the American Chestnut tree
  • Noon– Town of Montreat Tree Board demonstrates new equipment the Town has purchased for tree pruning
  • 1:00 p.m.– Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Manager of The North Carolina Arboretum, program on the new ecoEXPLORE outdoor science program for children

Breakfast and lunch food and refreshments will be offered by Something Fun Catering!

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 2018 Native Plant Sale PDF  and click these information flyers about our   Native Plant Sale Vendor Flyer 2018 , Native Plant Sale Exhibitor Flyer 2018,  and the overall Native Plant Sale Program Flyer 2018.

For a gallery of images click here.

What the Event Aims to Achieve

The goal of this event is to “Promote awareness and use of native plants in Montreat yards, gardens and landscapes, while avoiding introductions of invasive, non-native species.”

Objectives for achieving this include:

(1)  Educating homeowners on appropriate native plants and gardening practices, particularly using perennials such as wildflowers and also indigenous tree species,

(2)  Officially celebrating Montreat’s status as a Tree City USA,

(3)  Providing vendor exposure and sales/networking/service opportunities,

(4)  Educating home and property owners more broadly about overall care of their lands, and the lands of Montreat’s ecosystem, and best practices for maintaining them,

(5)  Offering non-profit educational interests a platform for sharing science-based information on native plants, wildlife and regional habitats, such as through displays and seminars,

(6)  Using the event as part of building a greater plan/vision for sustainability of Montreat’s vegetation and environment,

(7)  Celebrating community-mindedness in a social setting,

(8)  Affording visibility for Landcare Committee programs and its eight member organizations, and providing outreach from the town to the larger community in the area.

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.