Wild Ones holds 10th annual plant sale

The Wild Ones is holding its 10th annual plant sale, offering 62 species of perennial wildflowers, grasses and sedges that are native to our Rock River Valley area. Deadline for ordering is April 29; the pickup date is May 12 in Rockford.

The plants are sold in flats of 32 half-pint pots. Flats are $64, whether of one species or mixed. Minimum order is one flat. For more information and to request order forms, contact Dianne Stenerson at 815-636-9930 or dstenerson@rockriver.net.

The purpose of the sale is to encourage homeowners, businesses, schools and churches to use native plants for environmentally sound landscaping practices. Native plants evolved here over thousands of years to survive in our weather extremes and local soils, in harmony with other local plants and animals. Once established, these native plants require only occasional maintenance—no fertilizers, no pesticides or herbicides, no watering—plus they are beautiful and support life. They provide food and shelter for wildlife, including butterflies and birds.

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapers promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. The Rock River Valley Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters, with more than 180 household memberships. They have regular programs open to the public, as well as special programming for members only. For more information about joining, contact Membership Chairman Fran Lowman at (815) 389-9757 or e-mail FrnLwmn@aol.com. You can also visit the national Web site at http://www.for-wild.org/

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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