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“Go Native” - it’s easy at the 2014 Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center!

3/20/2014

Spring is here and now is a great time to plant with natives, which are adapted to drought and the heat of summer. Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in north Florida during the 2014 Spring Native Plant Sale, at Morningside Nature Center, which is located at 3540 E. University Ave. on the Native Plant Sale is open to the general public Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An exclusive member's only sale is Friday, April 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and is open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and the Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) only. Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted. The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks and the Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

The Native Plant Sale features thousands of beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society and certify that plants are nursery propagated and grown. The sale features:

  • Free expert plant advice at the Florida Native Plant Society booth
  • Free Park-A-Plant service that allows you to shop hands-free while we tag, store and help load your plants
  • Free naturalist-led wildflower walk at 11:30 a.m.
  • Family-friendly event,  with music on Saturday

For event information, please call 352-334-3326 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org. To join the Friends of Nature Parks, please visit their website at http://www.friendsofnatureparks.org/ or to join the Florida Native Plant Society, please visit their website at http://paynesprairie.fnpschapters.org/.

Proceeds from the sale benefit environmental and cultural history programs offered by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., three miles east of downtown Gainesville. This event is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For information, please call 352-334-3326 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org. For images from the last Spring Native Plant Sale, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesvilleprca/sets/72157635508119064/.