Native Plant Sale Pre-Orders Now Being Accepted

BERLIN — For the 17th year, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) will offer a selection of native flowering perennials, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and herbs at its annual festival.

This year the event will again be next to ACT’s office in Berlin and the date for this year’s sale is May 7, the day before Mother’s Day.

The event arrives just in time for shoppers to honor their moms with natural gifts that keep on giving and are good for the environment, too.

The festival opens its doors between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

“It is always a good idea, however, to place plant orders in advance,” said ACT Development Director Steve Farr. “That guarantees that gardeners [and moms] will get the best of the plants that come from our growers.”

Advance orders can be placed at www.actforbays.org with a credit card or by calling 410-629-1538. All orders can be picked up on May 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once you’ve placed an order, yours will be pre-packaged and ready to go on pickup day.

ACT is proud to be partnering with Environmental Concern as a new plant vendor this year. Based in St. Michaels, Environmental Concern shares ACT’s commitment to improving water quality with a particular focus on wetlands education and restoration. It has been operating a native plant nursery since 1972 and will be providing ACT with a variety of new native perennials along with many favorites from past years as well.

All plants are chosen because of their natural ability to adapt to local gardening conditions. Native plant gardens require less herbicide, less pesticide and less fertilizer than exotic varieties, which is good for the environment and encourages habitat creation for native wildlife.

Since heirloom tomatoes were introduced to the festival seven years ago, they have grown in popularity. Heirlooms typically produce more flavorful tomatoes than hybrids. Also offered will be a variety of locally grown herbs and for the first time this year — fish peppers. Fish peppers have a rich mid-Atlantic/Chesapeake Bay cultural heritage and are zesty complements to local seafood dishes.

Volunteers are also needed on May 7 to assist with plant sales. If you need information or want to participate, please call 410-629-1538.

For more information and to pre-order, visit us at www.actforbays.org