Chattanoogans are invited March 28, 29 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 30 (noon to 5 p.m.) to the longest-running native plant sale in the area—the 27th annual Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale.
Guests will find budding native plants perfect for every yard, plus events and activities for the whole family. This open-house weekend is perfect for exploring Tennessee's only nonprofit Level IV Arboretum on 317 acres of land with botanical and landscape gardens, wetlands, and so much more.
“Our mission in large part is conservation and education. By offering native plants, we are conserving plant species that are becoming endangered with the growth of subdivisions and other factors,” says Interim Executive Director Margaret Hill. “We are also educating the public about the beauty and benefits of native plants and their vital importance to the ecology.”
Native plants create biodiversity in gardens and support the ecosystem. Since they are already tuned into the local growth patterns and weather, they require less care (water, fertilization and pesticides) from landowners, thereby reducing the volume of many toxins into the land and water.
The greenhouse at Reflection Riding operates year-round, taking120 to 160 different species of native plants, including perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees, from seed to bloom.