Spend a hundred, win a hundred! This spring, the RLCA is delighted to be able to offer a 'Native Plants' raffle. Purchase a minimum of $100 worth of native plants for your property (especially for your shoreline!), and we'll add you to the draw for one of 3 $100 prizes.
All purchases must be made so that you can submit copies of your invoice(s) by June 30. We'll do the draw at the online AGM, currently planned for Wednesday July 7, 2021.
You don't have to buy everything in one place or at one time, or even at the sources listed below, but we'll need enough detail to indicate that the purchases were for native plants.
Scan or take a picture of your invoice and eMail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must arrive by June 30, 2021. Please include your name, an email address and/or phone number so we can get in touch with you if you're one of the lucky winners.
Contest is open to all RLCA Members in Good Standing, as at June 30, 2021, excluding RLCA Directors.
Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning (FEEL)
When and where: For sale online until March 31, for pickup at Haliburton Highlands Brewery on May 15. What's on offer: individual plants (trees, shrubs, and wildflower perennials), or themed bundles (Climate Change Tree bundle, Pollinator bundle, Upland bundle, Shoreline Shrub bundle).
When and where: For sale online until April 19, for pickup at Abbey Gardens on the Victoria Day weekend (May 22-24). What's on offer: Abbey Gardens, in cooperation with CHA, is once again offering their native "garden kits": the Open Shoreline kit, the Forest Garden kit, and the Pollinator Garden kit.
Haliburton Master Gardeners
Due to restrictions on the use of Head Lake Park until July 31, the Haliburton Master Gardeners sale will not happen this year. But you can check their website for a guide to native species. and for a list of sources of native plants across southern Ontario.
In addition, the following gardening centres have native plants as part or all of their stock.
Country Rose Flowers & Garden
13513 Hwy 118 W, Haliburton
Country Rose sells a number of native species; you can see some of the images here, and we'll post a list on our website of what they provide. If you do some or all of your shopping at Country Rose, please mention that you'd like a confirmation invoice for the raffle: their register receipt doesn't list details, but they will gladly hand-write a receipt for you indicating what native plant purchases you made.
3784 Highway #7, Omemee ON K0L 2W0
In their own words: "At Grow Wild! we specialize in growing native trees and shrubs as well as native plants, wildflowers and herbs for contract growing and various sized plant restoration projects as well as public and private native plant gardens." Check online for pollinator plant kits (including a Wet/Shoreline Kit) or individual plants, and order by email at email@example.com, for curb-side pickup starting in May.
The idea and funding for this raffle came from RLCA member Anne Mercer. Many thanks!
It's still snow-covered and cold outside, but you can help wish away the winter with your order of this year's native plants, for spring pick-up and planting. Here are some of this year's local sources. The deadlines will come sooner than you think, so act quickly to reserve your plants.
Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning (FEEL) Website:https://www.ecoenvirolearn.org/native-plants.html When and where:For sale online until March 31, for pickup at Haliburton Highlands Brewery on May 15. What's on offer: individual plants (trees, shrubs, and wildflower perennials), or themed bundles (Climate Change Tree bundle, Pollinator bundle, Upland bundle, Shoreline Shrub bundle).
Abbey Gardens Website: https://abbeygardens.ca/ When and where:For sale online until April 19, for pickup at Abbey Gardens on the Victoria Day weekend (May 22-24). What's on offer: Abbey Gardens, in cooperation with CHA, is once again offering their native "garden kits": the Open Shoreline kit, the Forest Garden kit, and the Pollinator Garden kit.
Abbey Gardens will also be offering their Shoreline Naturalization Workshops ($15). The first is scheduled for April 17 (in time to order one or more of the above kits), and you can book online here. Check the website for other workshop dates, or sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haliburton Master Gardeners
Haliburton Master Gardeners tentatively plan a native plant sale date May 29, subject to COVID-related changes. More information will be available on the website as the date gets closer.
In the meantime, see the article Go Wild, written by Master Gardener Carolyn Langdon in Home In The Highlands, where she discusses the advantages of "wildscaping", and includes a list of good sources for native plants.
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