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EcoSuperior native plant species sale in support of biodiversity

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Thunder Bay, ONTARIO — May 22, 2018  (LSN) EcoSuperior is hosting a one-day fundraiser to boost native plant biodiversity. The event will have dozens of varieties of locally-grown perennial wildflowers, grasses, and herbs for sale to the general public on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, hosted behind EcoSuperior’s office at 562 Red River Rd at the corner of Hill St.

“These plants play an important role in urban greenspaces by supporting biodiversity, pollinators and native habitat,” says Julia Prinselaar, program coordinator at EcoSuperior. She added that the plants are locally grown at Paulusma’s Greenhouses, a family-operated plant nursery in Thunder Bay.

The inventory includes blanket flower, coreopsis, anise hyssop, New England aster, and purple coneflower, which are all suitable for rain gardens and typical perennial garden beds.

“True native species are difficult to find at most nurseries, so we suggest people arrive early for the best selection,” adds Prinselaar. “It gets very busy.”

Funds raised at the sale help support EcoSuperior’s community projects including classroom programs and outdoor summer day camps.

The event will include sales of heirloom and organic vegetable, herb and wildflower seeds, as well as rain barrels at the regular price of $75. Customers who bring in their most recent City of Thunder Bay water bill in good standing will receive a $20 discount from their first rain barrel purchase. Composters will also be for sale to City of Thunder Bay residents for the subsidized price of $30. These subsidies are provided by the City of Thunder Bay.

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