Native Plants and Compost Bin Sales This Weekend

We wanted to pass along some information about two great {eco-friendly} events happening in the area this weekend:

Arboretum Native Plant Sale, Saturday, May 7

A tradition established in 1990, the Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale takes place the Saturday before Mother’s Day each May, offering a large crowd of enthusiastic gardeners more than a hundred species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions.

No plants are dug from the wild. All are native to the area and, once established, require minimal care. During the sale, experts are available to answer questions. Members of Friends of the Arboretum receive a 10 percent discount on all plant purchases.

The 2011 Native Plant Sale takes place on May 7 from 9 am to 2 pm in the large tents next to the Arboretum Visitor Center. Get there by entering the Arboretum Drive just down the hill on Seminole Highway, north of the Beltline. Available to buy are native grasses; woodland, prairie and savanna plants; trees and shrubs.

Native plant information sheets are available for the eighteen native shrubs, trees, vines and four plant mixes for prairie, savanna and rain gardens that are available to order. Also check out the year-round garden tools and related merchandise for sale.

Home Compost Bin Sale, May 7 at the Alliant Energy Center

The Dane County compost bin sale has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. Earth Machine home compost bins will be available for sale at the Alliant Energy Center, from 9 am to 3 pm. Bins will be sold while supplies last.

The Earth Machine bins will be sold for $45 each (normally $100). Compost turners ($15 each) and Kitchen scrap pails ($7 each) are also available for purchase.

This is a one day only sale. It will be held rain or shine. Cash or checks only, no credit cards. The bins will be sold on a first come, first served basis . No advanced registration is necessary.

The Earth Machine bin is made of black recycled plastic. It has a locking lid on the top and a door at the bottom for removing finished compost. The bin is easy to assemble and the unassembled bin will fit in the back seat or truck on most automobiles.

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