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5th Annual Native Plant Festival

Fifth Annual Native Plant Festival

Echinacea plants: Easy-to-grow perennials that support butterflies and other pollinators.

The Native Plant Alliance will host its fifth Annual Native Plant Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 19 in Wilmington. This free, family-friendly festival celebrates Cape Fear area native plants and helps attendees learn how to incorporate them into their own garden plans.

The annual Native Plant Festival has been redesigned, so attendees can learn about and buy native plants while honoring safety guidelines surrounding COVID-19. This year’s festival will have an online component and an outdoor component. On Saturday the festival will offer a day of virtual presentations by seven local horticultural experts, which can be enjoyed from home. The festival will also offer a self-guided tour of area nurseries that sell native plants.

To avoid attracting crowds to a single location, many of the nurseries that normally sell plants during the festival will instead invite the public to their farms and nurseries, to view and purchase native plants and to see where they’re grown. A tour map, available at each location and online, will indicate hours each location is open. The New Hanover County Arboretum is one of the stops on the tour, where participants can tour the Native Plant Garden. This demonstration garden, dedicated to native plants of coastal North Carolina, makes it easy for visitors to visualize how these plants might look like in their own yards.

Horticultural experts will give presentations on a variety of plant-related topics. The schedule of speakers, along with links to their online presentations, will be available via the Arboretum website early in September and will be available for viewing later online. Plans are being  normalized for additional activities to include environmental activities for children and an online raffle, with prizes of native plants.

Location: 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington. For more information call 910-547-4390 or visit
Arboretum.nhcgov.com/events/ for updated information, as it becomes available. See ad, page 17.