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Grow Native Plant Sale benefits children's programs at Highlands Center

(Nancy Maurer Photography/Courtesy of Highlands Center for Natural History)

(Nancy Maurer Photography/Courtesy of Highlands Center for Natural History)

Spring is in the air at The Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott — and the public is invited to the Center’s annual “Grow Native Plant Sale” on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

The hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to a variety of low water use and native plants, the sale includes information tables. Native gardeners will be on hand to give attendees the best information to be successful Southwest gardeners. All proceeds from purchases will help fund the center’s educational programs for children, a news release states.

Wildflowers available for purchase include varieties of sun-loving penstemons, blanketflowers, blue flax, globemallow, primrose and species of milkweeds native to Arizona to support monarch butterflies. Wild native shrubs with edible berries include elderberries, prickly pears, rose and currants. Beautiful native trees include pinyon pine, Arizona cypress, Arizona walnut, desert willow and aspen. Plants on sale will provide beauty, habitat, food, and diversity to your home garden.

Diverse native gardens provide food, cover, and nesting sites. When recreating natural habitat, gardeners want to include a mix of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses that bloom at different times.

This ensures that food in the form of nectar, pollen, seeds and berries is available for winged visitors throughout the year.

The Highlands Center is located at 1375 S. Walker Road in Prescott. Entry, parking, and admission to the James Family Discovery Gardens is free.

Formed in 1996, the nonprofit Highlands Center for Natural History operates on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest. The Highlands Center is a regional hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonders of nature. The James Family Discovery Gardens, an accessible Native Botanical Garden, opened in 2017. Visit www.highlandscenter.org for more information.

Information provided by the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott.

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