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Next Saturday I and my friends Sandy Agnew and Lynne Melnyk will be selling native plants at the Eco Garden in Penetanguishene.
We’re part of the 18th Annual Library Garden Tour (near the water on Fox St., just north of Beck Boulevard on the west side) which features 16 gardens on Midland, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubashene and Tiny Township, as well as over a dozen artisans and five restaurants.
I’ll be selling Rose Milkweed – no garden should be without some species of milkweed, a plant that’s critical to the survival of the beleaguered monarch butterfly. Rose (or Swamp) Milkweed is stunningly beautiful - and well-behaved, unlike its Common Milkweed cousin, which likes to take over any bed it’s introduced to (which makes it the perfect plant for some locations - roadway medians and boulevard plantings come to mind).
I will also have Anise Hyssop – for permaculture enthusiasts, this is the native pollinator plant you have to have, its blue spikes beloved by bees, wasps and flies, with wonderfully fragrant leaves as an added bonus.
And there will be a host of other perennials – Purple Coneflower, Pink Turtlehead, Virginia Rose, Blue Flag Iris and American Sweet Flag, to name a few. Check the list from my June sale for an idea of what I have.
Sandy and Lynne will have Prairie Smoke, Hairy Beardtongue, Tall and Woodland Sundflower, Columbine and more. Sandy's business is EcoMedic, which does ecosystem restoration.
I won’t be bringing many trees or shrubs, but I will have a special on Silky Dogwood seedlings. In addition to being food and habitat for birds, the Silky Dogwood has beautiful blue berries in fall. My seedlings are only a few inches tall, but if you plant one now (in a sunny spot), next year it will reach a couple of feet, and the year after you’ll have a full-sized shrub (buy young, pay less and get faster growth).
Tickets for the garden tour are $25 and come with a map. The event runs from 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Proceeds go to library projects. More information.