What began as a mini-event to find homes for some of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary's leftover herb garden plants has become a full-fledged event.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Audubon's annual Plant Exchange and Sale provides an opportunity to meet other gardeners, to exchange extra and no-longer-needed plants from their home for others that suit them better while supporting Audubon.
Gardeners can visit the Audubon with plants in pots, no plastic bags, and exchange or buy plants and take them home. Labels including the name of the plant, color (if known) and sun/shade preference are appreciated. Audubon reserves the right to refuse invasive, ill-looking unspotted or other plants.
Plants are priced based on condition, species and size. Donations from local nurseries provide some friendly and in-demand plants; those will be cash only. Plants donated by individuals are available for exchange.
Past years have showcased heirloom vegetables, shrubs, perennials, annuals, butterfly plants and more. A special is a Pollinator seed mix developed by Audubon to attract and support the pollinators in a yard. Owners of past Secret Gardens from Audubon's annual summer tour, to be held Saturday, June 29, sometimes donate some of their "fan favorites."
Audubon will also have information and displays on pollinator gardens and other eco-friendly gardens. Audubon will also have a pollinator display, including a new pollinator garden created by local Eagle Scout Adam Carlson.
Those interested in donating can drop off plants at the Nature Center on Thursday or Friday. Those interested in volunteering can participate Friday and Saturday for re-potting, setup, answering questions and cleanup.
The Plant Exchange and Sale benefits Audubon's gardens. To volunteer or for more information, call Sarah Hatfield, Audubon teacher/naturalist, at 569-2345.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The center, with a nature store and exhibits of live fish, reptiles, amphibians and more, is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Its 5 miles of trails, bald eagle viewing, arboretum and gardens are open dawn to dusk year round.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.