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2015-03-26

Mostly Native Plant Sale

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The Mostly Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 4, celebrates 25 years of showcasing all things gardening at a popular Texas Hill Country event that has attracted visitors with green thumbs - and without - from across the state.
The event, sponsored by the nonprofit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, takes place at Kendall County Fairgrounds off Highway 46 in Boerne. The one-day sale is from 9 am to 3 pm at the fairgrounds. Admission is free for nature center members, including those who sign up as members at the entrance gate, and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is free.
This annual plant sale focuses on hardy native plants and plants that have become well adapted to the climate, landscapes and gardens of the Texas Hill Country and South Texas. Expert gardeners and plant nursery professionals lead workshops and demonstrations. Following a Q&A at a special demonstration garden, the winner of a $10 raffle will receive all plants, mulch, a garden bench and garden art at the on-site demonstration garden.
The event actually offers two markets in one. The nature center's Farmers Market at the Cibolo, which usually is held every Saturday about a mile from the fairgrounds at the nature center's historic Herff Farm, on April 4 will move its vendors and live music performances to the Mostly Native Plant Sale.
In addition to native and adapted vegetable and flower plants, shrubs, vines and trees, shoppers can browse farmers market tables filled with local baked goods, fresh eggs and vegetables. They can shop for locally produced honey and nature-inspired jewelry and art, as well as natural soaps, candles and other products.
Longtime fans often get a head start at the Members Only Pre-Sale scheduled the night before the official sale. This year's pre-sale event is 5 pm to 7 pm, Friday, April 3, at the fairgrounds. Nonmembers can sign up at the entrance gate.
Proceeds from Friday and Saturday support the nature center's education and conservation programs. The Kendall County Fairgrounds are located at 1307 River Road, off Highway 46. For more information, email nature@cibolo.org, call 830-249-4616 or visit www.cibolo.org.