Ar­bore­tum plans Night Out at Nurs­ery

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RIDGELY — Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s Na­tive Plant Nurs­ery will open its doors on Fri­day, Sept. 9, for a Night Out at the Nurs­ery event. The pub­lic is in­vited for light fare, live mu­sic, a cash wine and beer bar, a raf­fle, a silent auc­tion and shop­ping in a fun and fes­tive at­mos­phere. The Nurs­ery of­fers the Ch­e­sa­peake re­gion’s largest se­lec­tion of or­na­men­tal na­tive trees, shrubs, peren­ni­als, ferns and grasses.

Fol­low­ing the Night Out event, the nurs­ery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 10, for a Fall Open House and Plant Sale. All mem­bers, in­clud­ing those who join dur­ing the open house will re­ceive a sig­nif­i­cant dis­count on plant pur­chases.

Among plants for pur­chase are the bril­liant or­ange but­ter­fly weed and stun­ning red car­di­nal flower that at­tract pol­li­na­tors such as bees, birds and but­ter­flies to the gar­den, while na­tive asters add sub­tle shades of pur­ple and blue. Red­bud and dog­wood dot the early spring land­scape with color, and shrubs such as aro­nia and beau­ty­berry pro­vide food and habi­tat for wildlife.

The nurs­ery says fall is the best sea­son for plant­ing. Trees and shrubs planted in fall have a chance to set roots be­fore the heat and stress of summer. The Ar­bore­tum par­tic­i­pates in the Mary­lan­ders Plant Trees pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive by the State of Mary­land to en­cour­age res­i­dents to plant na­tive trees. The pro­gram of­fers a $25 coupon to­ward the pur­chase of na­tive trees that re­tail for $50 or more.

Open house vis­i­tors can also learn about the Ar­bore­tum’s Na­tive Land­scape De­sign Cen­ter, a unique of­fer­ing that pairs home­own­ers with a land­scape de­signer to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful and af­ford­able na­tive land­scape that ben­e­fits wildlife and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pro­ceeds from plants sold at the Fall Open House ben­e­fit the Ar­bore­tum’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0, or visit ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org.

PHOTO BY JOSH TAY­LOR JR.

Na­tive asters add color to the fall gar­den and pro­vide nec­tar for nu­mer­ous but­ter­fly species, in­clud­ing this Painted Lady. A se­lec­tion of asters will be avail­able at Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s Na­tive Plant Nurs­ery Fall Open House and Plant Sale on Satur­day, Sept. 10.

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