Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale is next month!
- Hi Friends,
The Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale is a month away. It will be
Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (This event will mark
the 11th sale and 5-year anniversary from the first one! Now regularly
hosting over 10 vendors, the Parkfairfax sale has grown into the
largest native plant sale in the Washington D.C. area!)
This fall sale will also present a special opportunity! Due to a quirk
of scheduling (this one time only), the Virginia Native Plant Society
Powtomack Chapter's native plant sale will be held the same day as the
Parkfairfax native plant sale. Since the VNPS sale will be just 5
miles from Parkfairfax, native plant gardeners who'll be driving in
from any distance away will be able, this time, to visit both sales in
one trip! (The VNPS sale will be held behind the Horticulture Center
at Green Spring Gardens Park. Directions to Green Spring Gardens are
at URL http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/directions.htm .)
As it has been for the past several years, the Parkfairfax sale will
continue to be held on the last Saturdays in April and September. (The
next sale after this will be April 25, 2009.)
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! For each of these sales, about eight volunteers
are needed to help the sale run smoothly. If you would like to help
out for a few hours, either at the start of the sale (from 8:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m.) or at the end (from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), please call
me at 703-671-8416 or send an email to sknudsen@... .
organizer, Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale
PARKFAIRFAX NATIVE PLANT SALE
September 27, 2008 -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Eleven vendors from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
will be at the 11th Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale, which has been held
twice a year since October 2003 and grown into the largest native plant
sale in the Washington D.C. area. Several of the vendors carry native
trees and shrubs as well as perennials, and several of the vendors
specialize in some aspect of native plants, such as fruiting shrubs,
wetland plants, carnivorous plants, or native azaleas. A few of these
vendors do not come to our local area for any other plant sale.
For a list of vendors, and links to their websites, please see the
plant sale website at http://www.home.earthlink.net/~sknudsen/ and
click on the "vendors" page.
The sale is entirely organized and run by volunteers. No one makes
money from it except the vendors. The purpose of these sales is to
promote native plant gardening in our region because gardening with
natives is better for our watershed, our woodlands, and our wildlife,
especially birds. Bringing together a variety of growers makes it
easier for local gardeners (especially those new to native plant
gardening) to find quality plants and encourages greater demand for
natives in the nursery industry.
For those interested in news about these sales, the Parkfairfax Native
Plant Sale has gained a definite following. From a modest beginning
with just five vendors, this sale now regularly hosts over ten vendors
from four states and regularly draws over 600 attendees. At the April
2008 sale, ten vendors sold an estimated 2,400 plants to over 700
people who came to the sale, making it our best sale yet! A few of the
vendors even sold out! That beat the previous best sale, held a year
before in April 2007, when eleven vendors sold an estimated 2,000
plants to roughly 600 people who came out.
Directions: Parkfairfax is located in the Washington DC metro area
within the I-495 Beltway, in northwest Alexandria directly across I-395
from Shirlington. From I-395, exit Shirlington/Quaker onto Quaker
Lane. At the first light on Quaker, turn left onto Preston. Follow
Preston to Valley and turn left on Valley. The sale will be just past
Gunston on your right. Maps and directions are available on the sale
Please pass this email along to your interested friends. This sale
depends entirely on word-of-mouth support. Thank you for helping to
spread the word!