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Native plant sale next weekend at Rotary Park

By Staff | Apr 8, 2010

The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society holds its annual native plant sale next weekend at Rotary Park.
The sale combines native plants and tons of information in one setting, giving enthusiasts and newcomers alike the chance to hit a one stop shop of flora.
“There’s a huge selection and a wide variety,” said Rachel Singletary, Coccoloba’s secretary. “The park is just full of plants, and it gives people a chance to see what they like.”
This year’s sale coincides with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22.
Singletary said different environmental groups will be on hand discussing “going native,” along with native wildlife, bees and butterflies.
That information is all part of the society’s efforts to educate the public on just how good native plants are for the environment.
Singletary said the sale is especially helpful for people who move to the area from elsewhere, giving them a crash course on what does and doesn’t work in Florida soil.
“That’s the purpose,” she said. “To try and educate the public and try instill how good native plants really are. They use less fertilizer and less water.”
All proceeds go to benefit projects of the Florida Native Plant Society, a not-for-profit organization.
The Coccoloba chapter used proceeds from last year’s sale to landscape a median on Hancock Bridge Parkway.
Admission to the sale is free, and parking is free.
The event is co-sponsored by Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department.
The sale is Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rotary Park, 3106 Southwest 20th Ave., Cape Coral.
For more information, call the park at 549-4606, or call Singletary at 543-9910.