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April 14, 2009

Native plants make for ecofriendly landscapes

Group sponsoring three spring sales as fundraisers

GRANTSVILLE — The Savage River Watershed Association will sponsor three native plant sales this spring to help gardeners create ecofriendly landscapes. A variety of plants native to Allegany and Garrett counties will be available for purchase, including grasses, sedges, wildflowers, shrubs and trees. All proceeds will benefit the association.

The first sale will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Germany State Park. Association volunteers will answer questions about native plants, conservation landscaping and backyard wildlife habitat practices.

The second sale will be held Tuesday at the Frostburg State University Arboretum from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Guided tours of the arboretum are scheduled every half hour to be led by Sunshine Brosi, FSU ethnobotany instructor, and graduate students.

The final sale will take place May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elk Ridge Native Plant Preserve near New Germany State Park. Guided tours of the wildlife habitat garden will be given at 10 a.m. and noon.

For more information about any of these events, call Liz McDowell, native plant sale coordinator, at (301) 895-3686.

Association members assist landowners and public land managers with environmental stewardship efforts and educational outreach. The group meets at Route 40 Elementary School the third Thursday of odd-numbered months at 7 p.m.

E-mail SRWAcoordinator@gmail.com or call (301) 689-7156 for more information.

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