The Sandwich Park District will host a plant sale as a special fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in the open air at the Harvey Creek Conservation Area on Lions Road just east of Dayton Street and the Indian Valley Vocational Center.
The sale primarily will feature pollinator-friendly perennials, annuals and shrubs, such as asters, beebalm, black-eyed susans, coreopsis, Joe Pye weed, liatris, milkweeds and penstemon, a news release stated. Many of these will be provided by Redbud Creek Farm.
Many of the plants for sale will be native to Illinois, an important factor for maintaining the ecosystem of the Midwest. The majority of plants to be offered will be those enjoyed by pollinators, because pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, are extremely important to the natural world and the agricultural production of the fruits and vegetables we eat every day. Educational handouts will be provided on these topics and a Kendall County Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension will be present to answer questions.
All money raised from the sale will go toward funding a college scholarship that was recently established by the Sandwich Park Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Park District. The foundation’s plan is that this award be given annually to a graduating senior who has attended IVVC and has worked on one or more projects for the parks through their school program. The first scholarship would be given in 2021.