April 22, 2023 – Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration
Join friends and neighbors for the 9th year of this event. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your own garden spaces and to learn more about plants native to Montreat and those that thrive in our area.
New This Year
- Free Door Prizes
- Enjoy snacks and lunch from the Huckleberry
- Presentations offered by Bobbie Pell, a trained naturalist who comes to us from the NC Arboretum (see the Schedule of Events below)
- Learn how to create your own Fairy Garden
- The Nature Hut will be open
Favorites Returning This Year
- American Chestnut Foundation
- Children’s Activities offered by students from Montreat College
- Information from Bearwise, Firewise and Montreat Landcare Committee
- The Hemlock Restoration Initiative
Vendors Already Committed
- A Quartzy Life and Butterfly Flight
- Appalachian Creek Garden Center
- Fabric Nature Art by Bobbie Pell
- High Country Nursery
- Laurel Hill Nursery
- Milkweed Meadows Farm
- Saturnia Farm
- Spriggly’s Beescaping
- Ten Thousand Villages
- (Check back for additions)
Share this Day with the Children in your Life!
- Learn about fairy gardens!
- Visit the Paint and Plant Station
- Eat ice cream from The Huckleberry
- Meet students from Montreat College
- Take a plant home and watch it grow!
- Check out the Nature Hut
Schedule of Events
9:00 am – Arbor Day Proclamation
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Native plants for sale
10:00 am – Presentation by Bobbie Pell: Know Your Landscape: Site Analysis and Shade and Sunny Plants
11:00 am – Presentation by Bobbie Pell: Landscaping with Wildflowers
12:00 pm – Prizes awarded; you must be present to win!
Follow Hwy 9 / Montreat Rd through the Gate into Montreat where the road becomes Assembly Drive. Continue on Assembly Drive about 9/10 of a mile, then turn right on Lookout Rd. Moore Field will be on your left, just below the banks of Lake Susan. Ample parking is across Lookout Rd in the Anderson Auditorium lot.
For more information or to volunteer to assist before the event and/or on April 22, contact any member of the planning team.
- Elizabeth Ayscue (704.985.2945)
- Betty Douglas (662.392.3050)
- Beth Frith (828.713.1548)
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 it 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 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.
True native plants have evolved with their pollinators and the fungi, birds and animals that rely on them for food, habitat or symbiosis; thus they support the natural bio-diversity of the region far better than hybrids and cultivars.