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Native Plant Center Events

What: 15th Annual Native Plant Sale 
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.         
Where: Westchester Community College
                Park in Visitor Lot #1

Description: Thousands of beautiful, beneficial native plants await your choosing at our annual sale. This year we will celebrate the birthday of wildlife artist John James Audubon (1785–1851) with a selection of shrubs and perennials especially attractive to birds, bringing community-wide attention to the role gardens can play as habitat. We’re teaming with local Audubon chapters to offer other bird-themed activities as well.

The day kicks off at 8:15 a.m. with a guided bird walk on campus led by Bedford Audubon’s naturalist (bring your binoculars!). Other bird-themed activities include information about local birds, the sale of garden accessories such as bird baths, houses, and feeders by the Wild Bird Center, and other celebratory treats. So come wish a “Happy Bird-day” to Audubon and plant a native species in his honor. Admission is free. Members of The Native Plant Center can enter at 9:30 a.m.

If you’d like to volunteer at the sale or during set-up week, please e-mail us at wcc.nativeplant@sunywcc.edu


What: Conference—Maintaining Environmentally Sound Landscapes

When: Friday, May 30, 2014, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. 

Where: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains

Description: Learn how to manage and maintain landscapes with environmentally sound practices at this conference The Native Plant Center is co-sponsoring with Westchester County and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester. Hear of case studies of successful projects and find out how to certify your property as a sustainable landscape. 

Speakers are:

  • Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Associates
  • Mike Dietz, University of Connecticut
  • Kurt Morrell, The New York Botanical Garden
  • Sven Hoeger, Creative Habitat Corp.
  • CeCe Haydock, landscape architect 

Cost is $20 per person ($30 after May 27), which includes continental breakfast and late morning snacks. Parking at the County Center is $7. Professional credits are awaiting approval. Click here to download the flyer for details and registration information or contact Kay Eisenman, 914-995-4424, kle1@westchestergov.com, or Rob Doscher, 914-995-4423, rrd1@westchestergov.com.


What:  3 Days in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
When: June 3–5, 2014      
Where: Bus leaves from Westchester Community College

Description: Join us for an exciting excursion to this lovely New England area to learn about the plants and wildlife native to the region. Explore surf and turf with guided tours of a world-renowned oceanographic institute (Woods Hole), an important coastal wildlife sanctuary (Felix Neck), a gem of a local arboretum (Polly Hill), and more. We’ll stay in charming Edgartown on the Vineyard, and dine at one of the President and First Lady’s favorite spots (Nancy’s). To register, use code npcmv. Details.


What: Free Guided Tours at The Native Plant Center
When: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12–4 p.m.
Where: Westchester Community College

Description: Visit our demonstration gardens in their summer glory during this Garden Conservancy Open Days event. Details, click here.


What: Native Plant Appreciation Weekend 
When: Saturday–Sunday, September 6 & 7, all day
Where: Rosedale Nurseries, Inc.
               51 Saw Mill River Road, (Route 9A)
               Hawthorne, NY 10532-1598
               (914) 769-1300

Description: Once again Rosedale Nurseries in Hawthorne is hosting a weekend-long sale to benefit The Native Plant Center. Find native trees, shrubs, and more with the help of our knowledgeable volunteer personal shoppers and nursery staff who will answer questions and help you make selections. Free workshops will be taught by Go Native U instructors. Stop by Rosedale’s garden shop for books, gardening supplies, and more. A percentage of all sales on September 6 and 7 will be donated to The Native Plant Center.