Native Plant Sale Exceeds Expectations

A huge number of native plants will put down roots and residents on Seabrook, Kiawah and Johns islands will be watching them grow as a result of a November 3 plant sale on the Green at Freshfields Village. 

Ninety-three plant packages totaling more 4500 individual plants that had been pre-ordered were assembled on the Green and then volunteers from the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy and the Kiawah Conservancy, which jointly sponsored the event, helped residents load the plants into their vehicles. Each package came with a design template showing how the plants can be arranged in striking patterns in a yard, and planting and maintenance instructions also were included. 

“We knew many homeowners were interested in native plants, but the support and the number of plant packages we sold far exceeded our expectations,” said Sean Cannon, a staff member of the Kiawah Conservancy and a chief coordinator of the sale. 

Given the high interest and success, the two conservancies are considering a second native plant sale in the spring. 

This was not a fundraising event for Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy and the Kiawah Conservancy; the plants were sold at wholesale prices. The conservancies believe that people want to be good stewards of the land and native plants gives them an opportunity to act, to be part of a collective effort to help counter the continuing loss of natural habitat and to mitigate wildlife decline. 

Meg Carter, Carl Voelker and Susan Leggett, board members of SIGSC

-Submitted by Stan Macdonald, board member, Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy

(Image credit: Adam Wolf, Kiawah Conservancy)