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Adkins Arboretum to Hold Fall Native Plant Sale Weekend Sept. 10-12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—AUGUST 28, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum will hold its Fall Native Plant Sale weekend Fri., Sept. 10 through Sun., Sept. 12 at the Arboretum in Ridgely, MD. The sale benefits the Arboretum's education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva's native flora and its role in land stewardship practices.

Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall make fall an ideal time to plant. 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. Native asters bloom into late fall, while shining sumac adds structural interest to the landscape and brilliant fall color as its leaves turn. Many native plants produce seeds, flowers and fruits in the fall that attract migratory birds and butterflies.

In addition to a broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses for fall planting, items for sale will include nature-themed gift items and used and new gardening and horticultural books. All books will be discounted 20% during the sale.

A plant sale preview walk will be held Thurs., Sept. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m., free to the general public. Plants will not be for sale, but the preview walk affords participants a chance to ask questions and plan their gardens. A members-only plant sale will be held Fri., Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public sale days are Sat., Sept. 11 and Sun., Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members who join on any sale day receive 10% off plant and gift shop purchases. Master Gardeners will staff an information booth to answer gardening questions. Sale days can be crowded, so please leave dogs at home. For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.

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 offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.