Montreat Landcare hosts annual native plant sale

An organization devoted to restoring and maintaining native plants of western North Carolina will hold their annual plant sale on Saturday, April 29, also known as Arbor Day.

The event is sponsored by Montreat Landcare, a committee of community volunteers “working on conservation projects that contribute to positive environmental, social and economic outcomes. The Montreat Landcare Committee has been charged with the task of organizing projects to protect, to preserve, and to present the natural features of our cove,” reads their Website.

The goal is to promote awareness and use of native plants in yards, gardens and landscapes while avoiding introductions of invasive, non-native species, particularly in the town of Montreat and surrounding areas.

The event will also highlight the achievement of Montreat being named Tree City, USA this year.

The plant sale will begin at 9 a.m. with the reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation. New this year will be a Firewise workshop led by Eric Muecke of the NC Forest Service.

There will be many activities for children such as the ecoEXPLORE Reptile Program from the NC Arboretum. Attendants can visit a variety of vendors selling plants, trees and supplies, as well entertainment with food and music. Free advice from Master Gardeners and the US Forest Service will be available.

The sale will be located at the Moore Center Field and classrooms on Assembly Drive at Lookout Road in Montreat. For directions and more information, go to www.montreatlandcare.org.