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First-ever native plant market slated for Saturday

Woodbury will host a native plant sale for the first time Saturday to increase biodiversity in the city.

The event, sponsored by the Woodbury Environmental Advisory Commission, will offer gardeners a chance to purchase native plants and rain barrels from local vendors who specialize in species that are easy to grow in this region.

"The use of native plants requires a lot less water than say, turf, or plants that aren't native to the area," said sustainability specialist Jennifer McLoughlin. "They survive better in Minnesota climate without a lot of care and extra water."

The idea behind promoting native plants in Woodbury is to try to conserve water used by irrigation systems, she added.

Additionally, she said residents are interested in purchasing rain barrels, which they will be able to find at the native plant market.

The commission decided to host the native plant sale in the fall as opposed to the spring because it's a good time of the year to prepare for next year's gardening season.

"Fall is an ideal time to add native plants, shrubs and trees to your landscape," said environmental planner Steve Kernik. "Most weeds are finished with their life cycle, so your new native plants get a jump start on next year with no competition."

He added that native plants will be ready to go as soon as the warm weather hits next spring.

"Fall planting allows the plant roots to be established without having to compete with weeds that they would be competing with in the spring," McLoughlin added.

Five local vendors will supply the plants for the market. They are: Dragonfly Gardens, Landscape Alternatives, Outback Nursery, Natural Shore Technologies and Cedar Hill Natives.

Vendors already have a long list of plants they plan to sell at the market.

The sale will feature plants such as the cardinal flower, southern blue flag iris, bottlebrush grass and wild petunia.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be located in the west parking lot at Woodbury City Hall.

The market will be open to everyone; the only charge will be for the plants purchased. In addition to vendors, the Master Gardeners from Washington County will be available to answer questions about native plants and rain gardens.

Riham Feshir
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