Join us as we celebrate 30 years of the Native Plant Sale! For 30 years, we have been promoting native plants for our yards and sustaining a productive and welcoming natural area for insects, birds and butterflies. The plant sale takes place at Morningside Nature Center, where we are also celebrating 50 golden years since the park’s opening! Take advantage of a wide offering of native, north Florida plants Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This sale is open to the public. The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) https://www.friendsofnatureparks.org/ and the Paynes Prairie Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) http://paynesprairie.fnpschapters.org.
An exclusive members-only sale is Friday, April 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP), the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), and Alachua Audubon Society. It’s easy to join in person or online and memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted.
The Native Plant Sale features 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. Native plants are adapted to drought and heat, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, requires less upkeep, and saves money. This celebratory sale also features Earth Day festivities including music, food ($), environmental booths and four guided walks on Saturday morning. The park offers a park-a-plant service, which makes for easy hands-free shopping.
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.
To join the Friends of Nature Parks, please visit www.friendsofnatureparks.org. To join the Florida Native Plant Society, please visit their website at http://paynesprairie.fnpschapters.org/.