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12th Annual Joint FNPS-SBEP Native Plant Sale Oct. 12th in Parrish

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The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold their 12th Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 12th at Sweetbay Nursery, located at 10824 Erie Road in Parrish.

Plants to be included in the sale include a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. There will also be Flori-mulch for sale, this is made from the exotic, invasive maleleuca tree and is an excellent garden mulch alternative to non-sustainable cypress.

New this year – members get 20% off! If you join the Florida Native Plant Society at the event, you will receive 20% off your entire purchase.

The sale is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Free parking is available. There will also be information available from local nature groups including Manatee Audubon, Sierra Club, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and more.

“These plants attract wildlife such as songbirds and butterflies, are more resistant to insects and disease than non-native plants and if planted in the right place require less maintenance making them an ideal home landscaping tool,” states Karen Fraley, of the Florida Native Plant Society.

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to improving and protecting the area's greatest and most important natural asset - Sarasota Bay. Native plants don’t require fertilizer in the summer months when new fertilizer laws prohibit such applications. Adds Mark Alderson, Executive Director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program “Native plants contribute to the ecological balance that has developed in Florida over time. All of the plants that will be for sale are a benefit to our area’s natural resources in the Sarasota Bay watershed.”

The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Experts will be available to answer questions so that you can plant the right plant in the right place. Go Wild! Go Native!

Directions: From I-75 Ellenton Exit 224 go East to Old Tampa Rd/Erie Rd. Turn left (North) onto Erie Rd travel 4 miles Sweetbay Nursery will be on your left.
Google Map 941-776-0510.