Saturday, May 12, 2012, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Park Tudor School, Upper Gymnasium
7200 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46340 (Use the 71st Street entrance)
This Year’s Theme: “Native Plants to Attract Birds”
There’s something for every gardener at this popular annual INPAWS event held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This year the INPAWS Plant Sale & Auction moves to the Gymnasium of Park Tudor School, which is spacious, well lit, and has ample parking. The Gym will be chock full of Indiana natives to plant in designed landscapes or natural areas, and INPAWS members will be on hand to answer questions and help customers shop.
Pre-sale presentation starts at 9:30 for a $10 fee, which entitles ticket holders to hear a half-hour talk on the best plants to attract birds and enables them to start shopping 15 minutes before the general public. Plant sale and book sale open 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Live auction begins at 11:15 and continues until every plant is sold.
The pre-sale speaker is Janet Cramer, Staff Naturalist for Indy Parks and Assistant Manager of Southeastway Park, where they have been working tirelessly to install native plants. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Amos W. Butler Audubon Society. She will speak on the theme, “Native Plants to Attract Birds.”
Plants for the sale and auction are donated from INPAWS members’ own collections, plant rescues, and local nurseries specializing in native plants. On offer will be plants for shady, sunny, and wetland settings. The selection is different every year. The choicest, rarest plants are set aside for the plant auction, an entertaining and informative opportunity to learn about Indiana natives, as each offering is introduced by native plant experts.
Alongside the plant sale, INPAWS will sell select books on plant families, naturalistic gardening, conservation, and related topics. INPAWS logo items such as t-shirts and caps will also be available for purchase. New this year: a silent auction of plant-related items.
Proceeds from this event help to support the INPAWS mission: to promote the appreciation, preservation, conservation, utilization and scientific study of the flora native to Indiana; and to educate the public about the values, beauty, diversity and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation.