By Rose Rundell

OCEAN — The N.C. Coastal Federation will hold its 11th annual Native Plant Sale during Earth Day week on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the federation’s headquarters, 3609 N.C. 24 in Carteret County.

Native plants provide habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as songbirds and butterflies. Some of these species rely heavily on native plants for their existence. Native plants provide a beautiful, hardy, drought-resistant, low-maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment. Once established, these plants save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance equipment. 

An example of plants available include tulip poplar (Lirodendron tulipifera), sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus), highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum), American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and Virginia iris (Iris virginica).

If you’re uncertain about selecting plants, our experts can help you make a selection that’s right for your location, soil and exposure. Each plant comes with planting instructions and helpful tips for their care. 

Rain barrels will be back this year by popular demand. They are an eco-conscious and an economical way to conserve water and care for all the new plants you’ll be placing in your yard. The 30-gallon barrels tend to sell quickly at $60 — $50 for federation members.   

Our members will also get a 10 percent discount on plant purchases. If you are not yet a member, new memberships will be available the day of the sale.

To learn more about the Native Plant Sale, to join the federation or to see a complete listing of plants available, visit the federation’s web site. For questions please email me or call 252-393-8185.

The federation’s main office is on N.C. 24 about midway between Morehead City and Swansboro.