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Native Plant Program & Sale at DEEP’s Sessions Woods

By Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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The Friends of Sessions Woods will be highlighting the importance of planting native with a program and plant sale during their annual meeting on Sunday, April 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center in Burlington. All are welcome to attend. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) wildlife biologist Peter Picone will present a program on using native plants to benefit wildlife. Peter will provide examples of fruit-bearing shrubs to attract various birds, including yellow-rumped warblers, northern cardinals, and cedar waxwings. He also will suggest options for native perennials with ample nectar to attract hummingbirds and many butterflies. Pete will provide insight on the best plants for the best intentions! Staff from Earth Tones Nursery in Woodbury will be present to describe plans for a rain garden adjacent to the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center. Rain gardens work by collecting rainwater run-off from roofs and slowing the flow of water over the landscape. Typically, they consist of a shallow depression planted with water-loving plants.

The Friends of Sessions Woods will ease the transition to planting native with a sale to offer the best plants to attract wildlife in the home landscape. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Sessions Woods and their mission to enhance the educational offerings at Sessions Woods. In addition to the plant sale, the annual meeting hosted by the Friends of Sessions Woods will feature a dessert extravaganza potluck beginning at 12:30 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share.

The Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center is located at 341 Milford Street (Route 69) in Burlington. The program is free but pre-registration is appreciated (860-675-8130, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Sessions Woods is operated by the Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division. The Conservation Center’s exhibit area also will be open during the event.

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