Audubon’s annual Plant Exchange and Sale set for Saturday

All are invited to participate in Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual Plant Exchange and Sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You are sure to have a good time and find something of interest, rain or shine.

JAMESTOWN — The annual Plant Exchange and Sale at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is a gathering of plant lovers where they can share not only their plants, but their knowledge of and enthusiasm for them as well.

On Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can bring their extra plants to trade for new ones or bring cash to purchase plants. There will be a wide variety, including natives, from Audubon’s gardens as well as some donated by local nurseries.

Participants will find a good variety of annuals, perennials and even trees and shrubs at the event. Perennial gardeners and early vegetable growers often have extra plants to bring to the sale and trade for other plants.

Designed originally to help local gardeners share their bounty and build up Audubon’s gardens, Plant Exchange and Sale has grown over the years to help support and continue to expand the educational gardens at ACNC.

This year, Audubon’s Native Plant Committee is working hard to bring in some new native plants that provide extra benefits to bees, butterflies and other insects that may not be provided by plants from other countries.

Exchange rates are based on plant condition and species and are tagged upon arrival. Exchange tickets are provided that can be used at check-out.

Plants to be traded must be of a non-invasive variety, in pots or containers (not plastic bags), and in good condition. If at all possible, label plants with names. Audubon reserves the right to refuse plants or adjust the exchange rate based on species and condition.

Those who don’t have plants to exchange, can purchase ones that they want to add to their gardens.

To donate plants before the Exchange, call ACNC at 569-2345 to arrange a drop-off.

This event is outdoors and takes place rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. To learn more, call 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.

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