8/29/2012 9:56:00 PM Fall native plant sale is Sept. 8-9 at Highlands Center
The Grow Native! plant sale features a wide variety of native plants.
Special to the Courier
Noting that fall is a great time to plant in Arizona, the Highlands Center for Natural History is hosting its "Grow Native! Plant Sale and Educational Festival" on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9.
While day and night temperatures are cooling, the soil is still warm. Planting in fall gives trees and shrubs an opportunity to grow and expand roots before the chill of winter settles in. In spring, these plants grow more vigorously as a result.
Native plants take less care and water once established. Since they have passed the test of time, they survive and thrive in Prescott's unusually demanding dry climate that features big temperature swings from day to night.
Local wildlife needs native plants for survival, too. Native plants have a long-term relationship providing nesting, shelter, flowers for nectar, and seeds for energy. Some are host plants for butterflies and moths as well.
On Saturday the sale is open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a member preview from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Then on Sunday, everyone is invited to attend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early for best selections and come back on Sunday for those fill-in plants.
Need ideas or not sure what to grow? The center is offering educational events as part of this special weekend:
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10-11:30 a.m. - Nichole Trushell, local native plant expert and author of "Landscapes for the Highlands" will present "Creating Defensible Space and Conserving Habitat." Part of this presentation will take place outdoors and requires some walking. Learn how to use the defensible space checklist to identify areas of need in your yard while keeping a mindful eye on habitat.
Saturday, Sept. 8 at noon-1:30 p.m. - the Flagstaff Arboretum presents "Creative Landscape Solutions and Sustainable Gardening." Want to know more about using grey water to support your garden? Have questions about mixing native plants and edibles? Join horticulturists Mark Jarecki and Katherine Golfinopoulos as they share ideas on how to repurpose everyday materials to create a lively native and sustainable garden.
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1-2 p.m. - "If There's a Will, There's a Way-Station - Creating a Monarch Garden." Did you know that more than 2,000 monarch butterflies were spotted in Arizona last year? Would you like some in your own yard? Join Gail Morris of MonarchWatch.org and coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study to explore the wonders of the monarch migration and discover how you can create a monarch-friendly habitat to invite them in.
The Monarch Study group is looking for local "Monarch Caterpillar Foster Parents" in the Prescott and Cottonwood area. Learn more about this unique opportunity to help the monarch migration and see the life cycle of these amazing long distance flyers.
The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 S. Walker Road, just two miles south of Highway 69. For more information call 776-9550.
To see a list of plants for sale, go to the center's website at highlandscenter.org.
Proceeds from the plant sale fund the Highlands Center's educational programs and its mission to help children and adults discover the wonders of nature through hands-on, outdoor programs based on observation and discovery of the Arizona Highlands.