Inaugural Carolina Foothills Native Plant Sale set for September 22

Published 11:05 am Friday, September 15, 2023

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TRYON—Don’t put away your buckhoes and broadforks just yet.

The Gardening for Life Project’s inaugural Carolina Foothills Native Plant Sale is being held, rain or shine, Friday, September 22, 4-7 p.m., on McCown Street in downtown Tryon. The event coincides with Tryon Downtown Development Association’s 4th Friday festivities, monthly strolls held February-November when businesses stay open later and live music and refreshments are available.

This plant sale is part of an ongoing effort by the Gardening for Life Project to reach those interested in increasing biodiversity in their own backyards through the use of native plantings. 

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Native plants are adapted to our soil and climatic conditions, requiring less water, fertilizer and pest control products. Non-native plants provide little to no value to a biodiverse habitat and, in many cases, may be considered invasive.

Autumn really is the optimum time to put plants in the ground as daytime temperatures are cooler and plant roots have a better chance to get well established throughout the winter.

The plant sale will feature some of the region’s finest native plant growers. Vendors participating in this event are Blue Oak Horticulture, Carolina Native Nursery, Flower Moon Nursery, Joe Pye Ecological Consulting, Milkweed Meadows, Red Root Native Nursery, South Carolina Native Plant Society and Wildbud Natives.

Parking is limited; consider carpooling with your plant-loving friends. Together we can celebrate healthy habitats in the Carolina Foothills and beyond!

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And don’t forget to line up your garden gnomes to help get your plants in the ground this fall.


Submitted by Anita Saulmon