Native Plant Festival Saturday at Sierra College

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There ought to be a little something for everyone at Saturday?s annual Native Plant Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sewell Hall and in the adjacent parking lot at the Rocklin campus, 5000 Rocklin Road. Numerous interactive educational exhibits assembled by Sierra College students and members of the Redbud Chapter will be presented to help attendees expand their knowledge of native plants. Also available will be a tea-testing exhibit (while supplies last) with teas derived from three native plants. Other exhibits and events at the festival include a wildflower show featuring numerous blooming native species. The wildflower show is unique in that the plants are not the typical cut flowers in vases found at most wildflower shows, but instead are living plants grown in containers specifically for the show. A native plant sale, consisting of one of largest selections of California native plants in northern California, will be set up by six native plant nurseries. There will also a connoisseur's corner where rare and difficult to find species will be available. The information center will be staffed with experienced growers to offer advice, and there will be seminars on native plants and native gardening as well. Books, posters, cards, t-shirts and other items relating to native plants will be on sale as will food and refreshments. A botanist will lead wildflower walks in the natural area of the campus. The college?s Natural History Museum will be open to visitors.