published Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Plant sale and open house at Reflection Riding — Sept. 20-22

A sign is displayed for the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center at Reflection Riding.
A sign is displayed for the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center at Reflection Riding.
Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Gardeners can fill their flower beds this fall with more than 100 species of native perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees, all for sale at the 26th annual Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale.

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center at Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road, is the location for the three-day event, Sept. 20-22. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Executive Director Jean Lomino says the event should be both inspiring and educational, as visitors learn about the plants and animals that live in our backyards while exploring the Riding's 317 scenic acres.

The Native Plant Sale features durable and hardy native plants, all propagated on-site by volunteers.

Fall is the best time to fill in a landscape, Lomino says, since cooler temperatures and increased precipitation reduce transplant shock and help the plants get a good start.

Along with choosing favorite native plants, guests may attend programs throughout the weekend. These include guided wildflower hikes, fern and fungi walks, and nature talks. Programs on "Bats, Bugs and Snakes" are scheduled Sunday. Visitors also may explore the property's 15 miles of trails, canoe Lookout Creek and check out the Wildlife Wanderland, home to red wolves, owls and a bobcat.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit chattanoogaanc.org or call 423-821-1160.

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