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Spring Native Plant Sale & Festival

Saturday – April 22, 2017  ~~~~~ Free Family Fun 9am – 2pm

Speaker, Demonstrations, Displays, Kids’ Activities & More

Co-sponsored by Native Plant Society of Texas, Kerrville Chapter & Riverside Nature Center

Native Plant Sale (Under Pavilion)

Our volunteers have gathered beautiful plants native to our region and sourced from local growers. Native plants require lower maintenance – saving you time and money. Plus, they create a habitat for a host of native wildlife – including songbirds, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Come early for the best selection! Experts will be available to answer your questions and help you select plants that will thrive in your particular landscape conditions.

* All plant & gift shop sales that day are tax FREE *

All net proceeds benefit the RNC and NPSOT education efforts.

Members of RNC and NPSOT can enjoy exclusive preview sale on Friday April 21 from 4:30-6pm. Non-members can join either or both of these organizations at the pre-sale and start shopping.

Free Informative Talk (In Classrooms)

11am: Znobia Wootan – Native American Seed

– Support Pollinators! Become native to your place –

Znobia loves to tell stories about native plants and their connections. She will share experiences encouraging and preserving pollinators. Bring live cut flowers for identification. A door prize of 200 sq. ft. of diverse native wildflower Bee Happy Mix will be awarded to the youngest participant in the audience. Native Pollinator Seed and plants will be available for purchase at the Plant Sale.

The smaller things in life really do make the world go ‘round. Just as wildlife has suffered from increased fragmentation of land through urbanization, so have bees, beetles, and butterflies. Not long ago, beekeepers would ask farmers to set beehives near croplands in exchange for some honey. Now farmers are paying beekeepers to bring in hives for their crops. Hives are trucked all over the nation. A third of U.S. food supply depends on pollinators.

Why the decline in pollinators? Could it be the increased use of pesticides… or light pollution to the night sky? Whatever the reasons, many organizations are offering helpful information and incentives for people to plant pollinators habitats.

Choose a path of stewardship and a lifetime of wonder and learning. Healthy ecosystems are essential to the well-being of living things and to our quality of life. A diversity of native grasses and wildflowers provide benefits such as pollination, air and water cleansing, water supply retention, erosion and sediment control and habitat for wildlife.

Znobia “Z” Wootan is a lead customer care staff at Native American Seed and has spent the last 10 years helping people restore the earth. In her spare time, Z and her sister manages a family homestead with honey bee apiary, organic garden and orchard, free-range chickens and dairy goats

using sustainable Holistic management practices. She lives in her childhood home on the South Llano River and has a deep love for the rivers, land and community where her grandparents first settled in Kimble County in the early 1900’s. In 2016, Znobia was elected to the City Council of Junction, Texas. Z has an Education degree from Texas A&M University and has taught in public and private Montessori schools for many years.

As a good friend Carol Clark says, don’t wait around for someone else or the government to take conservation steps. Start now at a size you can handle in your own yard or on any piece of land you have influence over.

Informative Displays (Outside)

  • Ask the Plant Expert
  • Hill Country Master Naturalists
  • Hill Country Master Gardeners
  • UGRA – Water Quality & Conservation
  • Texas Public Radio
  • Glory Garden
  • Monarch Watch
  • Gardens at the Ridge
  • Hill Country Archeological Association
  • Texas Hill Country Beekeepers
  • Buck Wild
  • Riverside Nature Center Association
  • Native Plant Society of Texas – Kerrville Chapter

Kids’ Activities (Nature Lab)

9:00am to 1:30pm Craft projects in the Nature Lab

Bring your kids to create fun nature craft projects to take home like this butterfly wreath! An adult needs to stay to help supervise.

Bring your family and friends on earth Day to enjoy the Nature Center and to celebrate spring. As always, we could not do this without our wonderful volunteers. If you want to help, please contact the office at 830-257-4837 or send them an email rnc.kerrville@gmail.com