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Nature Institute to Hold Weekend Plant Sale

TNI’s Greenhouse Gang to hold weekend fundraising native sale

June 15, 2016- The Nature Institute (TNI), located at 2213 South Levis Lane in Godfrey,Ill, who received a large turnout for last month’s plant sale, have expanded to offer a weekend event more more.

TNI’s Greenhouse Gang is excited to announce another Native Plant Sale to be held on Saturday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the organization’s greenhouse at the corner of Levis and South Levis Lane in Godfrey, Ill. Guests can park in front of the brown garage.

TNI’s Greenhouse Gang has been working all season long to bring native plants to citizens that are looking to enhance their landscaping. Some native plants that will be available are: black eyed Susan, grey coneflower, purple prairie clover, purple coneflower, prairie dropseed, aster, butterfly weed and more. Most of the plants available at this sale will bloom in the summer/fall season.

The Native Plant Sale will have units available in four or six pack trays. Guests may bring their own pots for transplanting by volunteers. Plants are six pack for $6, four pack for $4, quart of dropseed for $5, or a full tray, that has not been transplanted $20. Cash and check only. All proceeds go towards TNI’s mission of preservation, restoration, and education.

Many forget the benefits of native plants when deciding which ones to showcase on their property; native plants are beneficial to the physical environment, wildlife and to people.

Due to native plants’ adaptability to local conditions, they develop deep and extensive root systems. This conserves water and holds soil in place preventing erosion. They are naturally resistant to disease and pests, and do not need artificial fertilizers or synthetic pesticides. They provide habitat and food for butterflies and moths, bees, hummingbirds, songbirds and much more.

Once established, native plants require very little maintenance. They are sustainable, and live longer than non-native species. They are naturally resistant to drought, disease, and pests and do not need additional water or toxic chemicals.

TNI’s Greenhouse Gang is still accepting applications to become a part of this volunteer group. Individuals interested in learning more details should contact TNI’s office at (618) 466-9930 or info@thenatureinstitute.org.

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