James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View will host the 15th Annual Native Plant Sale — now featuring a Green Living Expo — on Saturday, May 4. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can find a wide selection of native flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses, and explore green-living goods. They can stick around for tours, demonstrations, gardening tips, food and a chance to explore the latest updates to the preserve.
The annual rite of spring is organized by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and sponsored by Coastal Plant Care, Ernst Seeds and Inland Bays Garden Center.
A variety of local plant nurseries will be offering plants native to the area, including Envirotech, Inland Bays Garden Center, Roots Landscaping & Garden Center and Sussex Landscaping LLC.
“Native plants are adapted to the soil and elements of Southern Delaware, making them easier to maintain, requiring less water and fertilizer (a common source of nutrient pollution in the Inland Bays). They also provide important resources for pollinators like honey bees and butterflies, as well as native birds like ruby-throated hummingbirds, eastern bluebirds, northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees,” organizers said.
Although the sale does not begin until 9 a.m., “early birds” can pass the time with a free 8 a.m. bird tour of the preserve, led by the Sussex Bird Club.
Some of the attending vendors and tables will include Good Earth Market, Annie’s Acre Apiary, Tall Oak Trading Company, Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice, Delaware Nature Society, UD Cooperative Extension, Energize Delaware, Sussex Master Gardeners, Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Insects by Dr. Dennis Bartow and more. Once again, the Good Earth Market will offer snacks and lunch throughout the day.
The James Farm preserve is located at 30048 Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. This is a rain or shine event. Many vendors are cash-only, so attendees are being asked to plan accordingly.