BOONE — The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will kick-off the 2020 season with the 13th Annual Early Bird Wildflower Walk and Plant Sale from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

The event is free and open to the public.

Native plants will be available from local vendors. Bring the family and hike Strawberry Hill Arboretum or visit historic Squire Boone Cabin.

“Don’t miss unique spring flowers. And, we can help you with native plants which attract pollinators to your home garden,” said Debbie Shetterly, board member of the Gardens and chair of the High Country Audubon chapter.

Dr. Annkatrin Rose, chair of the Blue Ridge Chapter for the NC Native Plant Society said, “Experts will help you discover rarely seen specimens during our guided walk.”

“The gardens contain more than 200 unique species of native plants, many of which offer the best display of color during spring,” said Robert Oelberg, landscape architect and board member.

Vendors participating include Gardens of the Blue Ridge, Neal’s Natives for the NPS, Shady Grove Gardens, Southeastern Native Plant Nursery, Little Saps Greenhouse, Woodbine Nursery and Bill Weaver Nursery.

The goal of the event is to try to offer native plants that are difficult to find elsewhere. Plants available range from ephemeral wildflowers to native shrubs.

For more information about the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, visit the website at DanielBooneNativeGardens.org.

Opened in 1963, the mission of the gardens is to protect and conserve native plants in addition to educating visitors about native plants of North Carolina. The gardens focus on wildflowers, ferns and trees. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, is a volunteer organization, and is located at 651 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, N.C. Open from May to October. There is a suggested donation of $2 for adults and children under 16 get in free.

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