Annual plant sale designed to educate the public
June 9, 2015
Recycle Utah wants to set the record straight that the annual native plant sale isn’t a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.
"It’s strictly an educational event where we try to help the community learn what kinds of plants thrive best in low-water situations," said volunteer Linda Karz during an interview with The Park Record. "The one thing that makes me shudder is when people say they are going to ‘Zero Scape.’ It’s not spelled that way. It’s xeriscape, and it’s not just about putting down some rocks, but creating water-resistant gardens that can be very beautiful."
The annual native plant sale will be held Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. until noon at Recycle Utah, 1951 Woodbine Way.
All the plants are supplied by Janett Warner’s Wildland Nursery, a wholesale nursery located at Joseph, Utah.
"Every year sine we began hosting the sale more than 12 years ago, Janett loads up her trucks and brings the plants up here early Saturday morning," Karz said. "She’s been fantastic to work with."
The sale will feature water-resistant perennials and shrubs that range in size from four-inch containers to two-gallon pots and cost in the $5 and $10, and trees will be available for purchase in five-gallon pots and will cost a little more, Karz said.
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The plants will include the oak leaf sumac, something offered at the sale each year.
"This plant is beautiful in the fall and spread nicely," Karz said. "We’ll have different varieties of currants, which are grapes. They thrive in our climate and attract birds."
The trees will include dogwood and river birch and the shrubs will feature selections of Apache plume and the fern bush.
"These are purely drought-tolerant and thrive in hot, sunny areas with no water," Karz said.
Penstemon, fire chalice and evening primrose will highlight the flower selection.
"Penstemons are my absolute favorite plants," Karz said. "Janett will bring some new varieties as well as the standard ones.
"She’ll also bring some sedums, which are great for rock gardens and groundcovers," she said. "She’ll also bring in some manzanita and thin-leafed mountain mahogany, which is a shrub, that can be seen on Quarry Mountain up above Park Meadows."
The plant sale ties into one of Recycle Utah’s biggest missions water conservation.
"This May, with all the rain we’ve had, has been great, but it’s not an indication that we live in the Northwest," Karz said. "Water is a big issue here and we did have a brutal winter, meaning not a lot of snow.
"In addition, our community is growing, and it becomes more and more important that people understand this," she said. "Most of our population comes from somewhere else and they’re not necessarily familiar with this high-altitude desert climate."
That’s one of the aspects of the plant sale Karz enjoys.
"We meet new people each year and some are new to town and others just decided they need to redo their landscaping," she said. "We’re able to talk with these people and give them suggestions and that’s really what the whole plant sale is about."
Recycle Utah, 1951 Woodbine Way, will host the annual native plant sale on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.recycleutah.org.