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Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale set

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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The Center for the Inland Bays will hold its 12th Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. The native flowers, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs for sale are the main attraction, but the event also offers guided walks on the trails, demonstrations, exhibits, a children's tent and gardening advice from experts.

The event will host four nurseries selling thousands of plants for sun, shade, wet gardens and sandy soils around the Inland Bays. Participating nurseries include the Inland Bays Garden Center, Roots Nursery and Environmental Concern all offering a full range of flowers, shrubs and trees, and Envirotech, offering pond and wetland plants.

Early birds can show up at 8 a.m. for a bird walk led by Sharon Lynn of the Sussex Bird Club. In addition to resident birds, Lynn expects to see and hear a few migratory species. "Late April is migration time, so we could also see snowy egret, spotted sandpiper, Forster's tern, clapper rail, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-eyed vireo, wood thrush and a few species of wood warblers," says Lynn.

Attendees can get to know the trails, beaches and woods (and the plants and animals that live there) on trail walks led by Dr. Tom Lord at 9:30 a.m. and Dr. Dennis Bartow at 11 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m., the Delaware Master Gardeners will present their tools and techniques for gardening accessibility; tips and tools that give gardeners the ability to exercise their green thumb, regardless of age or impairment. The Master Gardeners will be on hand throughout the sale to answer questions and share their experience and expertise.

Kids (and those kids-at-heart) are invited to explore nature with hands-on activities at the Children's Tent. Attendees may grab a brush and help paint a rain barrel that will be used at the James Farm Ecological Preserve.

Gardening for the Bays T-shirts, gardening gloves and aprons and one-of-a-kind bee houses will be on sale to support the work of the CIB. Rain barrels will also be available in a limited supply and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The Good Earth Market will have breakfast treats and coffee for sale for early birds, and will offer snacks and lunch throughout the day, including organic hotdogs and the Gardening for the Bays traditional sandwich, organic havarti cheese, sprouts, tomato and cucumber. For more information, call 302-226-8105 or go to www.inlandbays.org.

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is native to gardens around the Inland Bays.



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Original Publication Date: April 26, 2016



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