Friends of St. Clair River to host Native Plant Sale – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers

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The Friends of the St. Clair River will host a Native Plant Sale in time for the fall planting season on Sept. 11.
“Native plants are those that are historically found in Michigan, are acclimated to our region’s climate and support local wildlife such as butterflies and bees,” Friends of the St. Clair River Education Manager Melissa Kivel said. “Our staff will be onsite to answer questions about these plants, where to place them in your garden and which will best replace common invasive species.”
The sale will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Thumb Coast Watershed Center in the former Eddy Elementary School, located at 301 N. Ninth St. in St Clair. East Michigan Native Plants LLC will bring 45 to 60 different species of native plants with 15 plants of each species or more and detailed signage about each plant.
The plants are pesticide-free Michigan native wildflowers and grasses with a focus on species that are important to native pollinators and birds.
“Plants range in preference of moisture conditions and amount of sun and will be categorized accordingly,” Kivel said. “We’ll also have highly-trained staff available to ensure customers purchase the right plants to match their site conditions.”
Plants will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are no pre-orders. To view a list of native plants available, visit
“Friends of the St. Clair River has been protecting and restoring the St. Clair River watershed since 2007,” Kivel said. “We understand how native plants play a significant role in supporting healthy ecosystems and successful crops while invasive species harm a natural area and degrade natural areas. Through a partnership with Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and East Michigan Native Plants, we’re able to host this native plant sale.”
Lake St. Clair CISMA is a collaborative effort to enhance ecosystem functions and enrich ecosystem services through invasive species prevention, detection, management and outreach, she added.
“Friends is constantly out in our local watersheds with boots on the ground and hands in the dirt providing education and stewardship events to help make the Thumb Coast region a greener, healthier habitat for all.” Kivel said. “We work (and play) year-round. Whether its collecting aquatic stoneflies in rivers, counting monarch butterflies, assisting with sturgeon conservation or playing nature-themed board games, we’ve got an event lined up for anyone.”
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