Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum to host open house, plant sale

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RIDGELY — Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum, of­fer­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake gar­dener the largest se­lec­tion of na­tive plants for more than 20 years, re­cently an­nounced its spring open house and na­tive plant sale week­end, April 28 to 30.

The sale ben­e­fits the ar­bore­tum’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, and af­fords the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to learn about Del­marva’s na­tive plants and their con­nec­tion to a healthy Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Plants for sale in­clude a va­ri­ety of na­tive peren­ni­als, ferns, vines, grasses and flow­er­ing shrubs, and trees for spring plant­ing. Na­tive flow­ers and trees pro­vide food and habi­tat for wildlife and make col­or­ful ad­di­tions to home land­scapes, whether in a peren­nial bor­der, a woodland gar­den or a restora­tion project.

Tall spikes of pur­plish flow­ers grace blue wild indigo, while na­tive hon­ey­suckle en­tices hum­ming­birds. Car­di­nal flower, ferns and Joe-pye at­tract frogs, but­ter­flies and drag­on­flies, and na­tive aza­leas present a ver­i­ta­ble rain­bow of bloom col­ors.

From 2 to 7 p.m. Fri­day, April 28, the pub­lic is in­vited to shop the ar­bore­tum’s na­tive plants. Live mu­sic, light fare, a si­lent auc­tion and a cash wine and beer bar will be­gin at 4 p.m., and the draw­ing of the win­ning ticket for the ar­bore­tum’s na­tive ta­ble raf­fle will take place.

The open house con­tin­ues Sat­ur­day and Sun­day with plant sales, mu­sic by Driven Women, guided walks, cof­fee, pas­tries for sale by Steve Konopel­ski of Den­ton’s Turn­bridge Point Bed and Break­fast and more. Sat­ur­day, the open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sun­day. Fol­low­ing the open house, plants will be for sale at the vis­i­tor’s cen­ter through­out the grow­ing sea­son.

The ar­bore­tum is a par­tic­i­pat­ing nurs­ery in the Mary­lan­ders Plant Trees na­tive tree dis­count pro­gram. For any na­tive tree val­ued at $50 or more, shop­pers will re­ceive a $25 dis­count. Some of the spe­cial larger trees avail­able for this dis­count in­clude birch, dog­wood, red­bud and mag­no­lia.

The ar­bore­tum gift shop will be open dur­ing the nurs­ery’s open­ing day, and will of­fer books and na­ture-in­spired gifts for gar­den­ers. Mem­bers re­ceive a 10 per­cent dis­count on plant, gift shop and book pur­chases. Mem­bers at the Contributor level ($100) and above re­ceive a 20 per­cent dis­count on plants.

Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum is a 400-acre na­tive gar­den and pre­serve at the head­wa­ters of the Tuck­a­hoe Creek in Caro­line County. Open year round, the ar­bore­tum is the re­gion’s re­source for na­tive plants and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams about na­ture, ecol­ogy and wildlife con­ser­va­tion gar­den­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org or call 410634-2847, ext. 0.

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