The Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group (ERG) hosted 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. Residents were encouraged to bring in their extra native plants to share with other community members and hopefully in return, find a few, new native plants for their gardens or woodlands. Plants accepted and exchanged also included non-native (and non-invasive) ornamentals. Plants like iris, phlox, oriental or Asiatic lily, brunnera, hosta, Japanese painted fern, peonies, etc. fell in this category. But NO lily-of-the-valley, periwinkle (myrtle), pachysandra, creeping Jenny, daylilies, or winter creeper.
Plants were to be brought in a bag or container with the upper part of the plant intact to aid in recognition. Each ncluded a written name tag on an index card and any advice on the plant’s requirements in the way of sun, moisture, etc. Residents were instructed to capture as much of the root mass as possible when digging the plant but not to worry if some were cut off. That's because many plants have powerful regenerative ability. Roots were kept moist with a little soil around them.
Residents were encouraged to come by Saturday to find something new, even if they didn't have any plants to exchange.