Native Plant Fair scheduled for Sept. 30

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Native Plant Garden Project is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists and the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission to announce the first annual Native Plant Fair in Eureka Springs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Eureka Springs Community Center at 44 Kingshighway.

The sale will present area vendors including the Native Plant Garden Project, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Lorna Trigg of Fire Om Earth and Ozark Soul from Branson, Mo. Several affiliated natural resource organizations will exhibit and share information, including Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, Carroll County Master Gardeners, Arkansas Native Plant Society, Eureka Springs Pollinator Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, Eureka Springs Permaculture Society, Audubon Society, DíCoda of the Ozark Herbal Academy, Ozarks Water Watch and Community Solar Partners.

A schedule of talks by noted botanical experts includes Steven Foster, herbalist, nature photographer and senior author of three Peterson field guides; Scott Woodbury, manager of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Mo., a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Mo.; and Theo Whitsell, botanist and ecologist with the State of Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

There will also be a raffle of a beautifully crafted walnut salad bowl, valued at $165 and made from native repurposed wood by local woodturner Les Brandt of Huntsville. Lunch will be available at the Eureka Springs Farmerís Market, also taking place at the community center, or at other nearby restaurants. A nature hike to nearby Lake Leatherwood City Park with guest speakers will conclude the event.

Presentations will be held in the community centerís Highlander Room, and seating is limited. It is highly recommended to register early.

The free event is a fundraiser for the Native Plant Garden Project, a community volunteer project establishing a natural habitat and pollinator site in downtown Eureka Springs. For more information, visit

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