Daniel Boone Gardens Sale
by Allison Haver
The event is free, and 20 percent of all plant sale profits will be contributed toward the betterment of Daniel Boone Native Gardens.
"This is the perfect start to get hard-to-find plants for your home garden, and the experts there will be ready to answer any questions," Sarah Gilley, vice president of Daniel Boone Native Gardens, said.
Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about native plants and take part in bird walks and wildflower walks.
The nature walks hosted by one birding expert and one botanist simultaneously will begin at 8 a.m. and run every 90 minutes, with the second one taking place at 9:30 a.m. and the third being held at 11 a.m.
Biology professor at Appalachian State University Annkatrin Rose will also be guiding a wildflower walk throughout the gardens.
"This is the best time to see the fragile, colorful spring wildflowers, such as trillium and lady slipper and little brown jugs," Gilley said.
There will be a Golden-Winged Warbler Exhibit set up by Appalachian State University biology and ornithology students during the event and the Squire Boone Cabin will be open to the public.
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk will have a tent and will be bringing starlings, owls, a peregrine falcon, a crow and a hawk for the event.
The High Country Audubon Society will be distributing Audubon adventures handouts for the public. The society covers Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties and is designed to encourage beginning birders and experts alike to engage in conservation, education and research for the benefit of the birds of Western North Carolina.
For families with children, the town of Boone Public Works will also have children's exhibits that contain environmental and conservation games on the lawn of the gardens for children to enjoy.