Have you wanted to include native plants in your garden but don’t know what will thrive? Or have some naive plants become too much of a good thing? My sensitive fern, for example, still tangles with its neighbors. No matter how many times I divide mayapple or Solomon’s seal, there is always more. To answer questions and provide free plants for would-be native gardeners while helping successful native gardeners find good homes for their surplus plants, the Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group will be hosting a native plant exchange on Saturday September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Beverly Shores Community House on Service Drive.
ERG encourages residents to bring extra native plants to share with other community members and hopefully in return, find a few, new native plants for gardens or woodlands. If you are new to native gardening, come to browse the offerings and learn about the conditions where the plants thrive—sun/shade, dry/wetland, etc.
We also will accept and exchange non-native (and non-invasive) ornamentals. Plants like iris, phlox, oriental or Asiatic lily, brunnera, hosta, Japanese painted fern, peonies, etc. fall in this category. But please don’t bring lily-of-the-valley, periwinkle (myrtle), pachysandra, creeping Jenny, daylilies, or winter creeper.
If you have any questions or doubts about what you can bring, please feel free to consult with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Kristine Fallon at email@example.com, Annette Young at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Larry Stanton at email@example.com.
Bring plants for the exchange between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the afternoon of Friday, September 25 to the Community House in a bag or container and leave the upper part of the plant intact to aid in recognition. Include a written name tag on an index card and any advice on the plant’s requirements in the way of sun, moisture, etc. Try to capture as much of the root mass as possible when digging the plant but don’t worry if you cut some off. Many plants have powerful regenerative ability. Keep the roots moist with a little soil around them.
Then come by on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to find something new. Even if you don’t have any plants to exchange, please stop by for some new plants to start up or improve your garden or property. And learn about the Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group (www.bserg.org).
If you come, please be sure to wear a mask or face covering and maintain social distance.