MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners will hold a Native Plant Sale and Monarch Madness on Saturday May 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road, York.
Visitors will find a large selection of native plants, trees and shrubs suited for this area, including many hard-to-find plants. Vendors include Harvey’s Gardens, Heartwood Nursery, Keystone Wildflowers, Kollar Nursery, Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm, Spring Haven Nurseries, and Rain Tree Landscaping and Nursery.
Heirloom vegetable seedlings will be offered for sale by The Horn Farm Center and The Mason Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America will have herb plants available. Master Gardeners and MAEscapes experts will be on hand to answer your questions and help with plant selection.
Monarch butterfly numbers are at an all-time low and many pollinators are declining as well. The loss of habitats for monarchs and many species of bees and other pollinators threatens the monarch migration and all the species dependent on the service of pollinators to provide the fruits, nuts, seeds and foliage they feed on. By planting milkweeds, the host plants for monarch caterpillars, and nectar plants for adult monarchs and pollinators we can help maintain the monarch migration and sustain the pollinators whose pollinating services maintain our ecosystems.
Free seminars are being offered during the event: 9:30 a.m.; “Monarch Breeding” presented by Jamie Carl of Dreamscapes Water Gardens in Lebanon; 10:30 a.m. “Monarch Gardening and Conservation” presented by Master Gardener Deb Carmen; 11:30 a.m. a hands-on “Milkweed Seed Ball Workshop” presented by Judy Bono from the Gardener of the Owl Valley in York. A seed ball is a seed that has been wrapped in soil materials, usually a mixture of clay and compost, and then dried. Essentially, the seed is “pre-planted” and can be sown by depositing the seed ball anywhere suitable for the species, keeping the seed safe until the proper germination window arises.
Free guided tours of the MAEscapes gardens are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. During the sale visitors can also see educational displays and shop for books, stepping stones and garden tools. The event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit MAEscapes gardens and education programs. For more information go to http://extension.psu.edu/gardening/maescapes or call 717-840-7408.