Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ausable and Boquet River Associations Hosting Native Plant Sales

The Ausable and Boquet River Associations (AsRA and BRASS) will host native plant sales offering gardeners a selection of plants native to northern NY and the Adirondacks. A Master Gardener will also be present to offer gardening advice.

BRASS will host a sale tomorrow, on Friday, June 25 from 9-1pm at the Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market located on Hand Avenue. AsRA will host a sale this Sunday, June 27 from 9-2pm at the Keene Valley Farmer’s Market located at Marcy Field.The plant sales will encourage gardeners to use native plants to help prevent further introductions of invasives into our watersheds. Both the Boquet and Ausable watersheds have invasive plants such as Purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed and Garlic mustard. Invasive plants crowd out native species, reduce biodiversity, and once established, are extremely difficult to control.

The Ausable and Boquet River Associations are nonprofit watershed groups that work cooperatively with landowners, municipalities, and government agencies to preserve the natural, scenic, and recreation resources of the High Peaks Watersheds. The plants are from Fiddlehead Creek Nursery in Hartford, NY, a small family farm that specializes in native perennials, shrubs, and trees. The nursery will donate a percentage of plant sale proceeds to BRASS and AsRA to support their invasive education and management efforts. For additional information, contact AsRA at 873-3752 or BRASS at 963-4710.

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