12th Annual Joint FNPS-SBEP Native Plant Sale Oct. 12th in Parrish
The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold
their 12th Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 12th at Sweetbay
Nursery, located at 10824 Erie Road in Parrish.
Plants to be included in the sale include a large selection of native trees,
shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. There will also
be Flori-mulch for sale, this is made from the exotic, invasive maleleuca tree
and is an excellent garden mulch alternative to non-sustainable cypress.
New this year – members get 20% off! If you join the Florida Native Plant
Society at the event, you will receive 20% off your entire purchase.
The sale is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Free parking
is available. There will also be information available from local nature groups
including Manatee Audubon, Sierra Club, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and more.
“These plants attract wildlife such as songbirds and butterflies, are more
resistant to insects and disease than non-native plants and if planted in the
right place require less maintenance making them an ideal home landscaping
tool,” states Karen Fraley, of the Florida Native Plant Society.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to improving and protecting the
area's greatest and most important natural asset - Sarasota Bay. Native plants
don’t require fertilizer in the summer months when new fertilizer laws prohibit
such applications. Adds Mark Alderson, Executive Director of the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program “Native plants contribute to the ecological balance that has
developed in Florida over time. All of the plants that will be for sale are a
benefit to our area’s natural resources in the Sarasota Bay watershed.”
The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation,
conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities
Experts will be available to answer questions so that you can plant the right
plant in the right place. Go Wild! Go Native!
Directions: From I-75 Ellenton Exit 224 go East to Old Tampa Rd/Erie Rd. Turn left (North) onto Erie Rd travel 4 miles Sweetbay Nursery will be on your