By Michael J. Billoni
Senior Contributing Writer
The Grand Island Nature Alliance presents an interactive native plant event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Grand Island Community Center on the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Native plant experts Kathy Contrino (owner of CW Native Plant Farm) and Ken Parker (an Indigenous horticulturist) will speak and present information on the importance of native species; the difference between native and non-native plants; and the first steps to creating native plant gardens in yards.
Participants for this free event can design their own native plant garden, using dimensions and soil conditions of their gardens. Supplies will be provided, and native plants will be on sale.
“The interest in native plants is growing,” explained Michelle Lockett, community engagement director of the Niagara River Greenway. “However, finding a nursery who sells true native plants is not so easy. Having an opportunity to purchase any plants, especially native plants on Grand Island, is something Islanders should take advantage of. Plant guides and experts will be available to help you plan a beautiful and beneficial native plant garden – something many of us struggle to find the time to do. What a great way to connect with your fellow community members who have similar interests!”
Also sponsoring the event are Grand Island’s Conservation Advisory Board, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and the Niagara River Greenway. For more information or to register, call 716-774-8268, and leave a message with the number of participants.
The Grand Island Nature Alliance’s mission is to promote, protect and restore the Island’s natural environment through educating, partnering and engaging with the community.