The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District with the Nature Conservancy and Green Mountain College announce the spring open house for the public at the native plant restoration nursery on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00AM until 2:00PM. Come visit the nursery located on the west side of the campus behind Sage Hall and the Waldron Athletic Complex. The nursery is now in full operation and is open to the public since the plants and seeds have awakened from winter dormancy. Staff will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions. Select native trees, shrubs, and perennials will be available for purchase.
The nursery was created out of the need to provide native plants grown from local seed sources that would be available for restoration and vegetative buffer plantings in the Lake Champlain Basin. Some of the goals of the native plant nursery are to increase participation of residents, farmers, and municipalities in the effort to reduce phosphorus and contaminants while increasing ecological diversity and improved water quality.
This year the Conservation District’s “Plant 1000 Trees” campaign and restoration projects along the Mettowee River will require many native trees and shrubs. Come increase your knowledge of planting techniques, plant sustainability, ecology, soils, and water quality. When you participate you become more aware of land use and a better steward of Lake Champlain in your own backyard!