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Getting their thumbs green

Baltimore Woods Nature Center was abuzz with activity Saturday morning as green thumbs from throughout the area made their picks from plants available for sale.

The pollinator friendly plant sale offered a large variety of native greens for flowerbeds and herb gardens.

Some plants, such as Virginia Bluebells, were cultivated and available to customers. Unless cultivated, the plants can't simply be dug up from anywhere, said Thea Reidy, marketing and executive assistant for the nature center.

The sale began Friday afternoon for members only, and at the time more than 100 hanging baskets adorned the paths in front of the education building. By Saturday, some selections were getting sparse.

"A lot of stuff went," Reidy said around 10 a.m. Saturday.

According to volunteer Jean Graham, the plant sale started in the early 1980s and was made possible by community members who would bring their own plants and sell them. There used to be entertainment and crafters, but the idea behind the event was to bring the community together to expand their knowledge about plants and grow their gardens.

Now there's no entertainment other than that which nature provides -- but there was food and beverages for anyone with an appetite.

Throughout the years Graham said they have seen a major change with the sale.

"It has changed as out focuses have changed," she said. "The last three years our focus has been on the pollinators. The whole trend in gardening is to go with the natives."

The plant sale committee has also incorporated the sale of trees that people can order ahead of time and them pick up during the annual sale. The trees allow for more variety for those who want to add shrubbery to their lawns and gardens.

This year the group also had what they coined a "gar(den)age" sale -- or garden and garage sale put together -- where used tools and other garden necessities were put out for those who might need something new or in better shape than what they had before attending the sale.

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