By Jackie Trickel
I can’t wait for the fair to open on October 13. There will be new and exciting things to see in the Native Plant Gardens at the North Carolina State Fair this year. More demonstration garden space and a covered open-air booth are some of the changes we’re making to the permanent garden that the Margaret Reid (Triangle) Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society has maintained for 16 years.
We’ll see you at the fair
We’ll answer your native plant questions
When you come to the fair here’s what you can expect from us – have your questions answered by our welcoming volunteers; discover many new native plants in the gardens; hear a brief talk about the benefits of native plants nearby; learn along with your kids during one of our hands-on activities in our new garden area; check out all of our educational materials at our new covered open-air booth; and sign up to renew or become a new member. We’ll be there for you.
Sign up to volunteer
You may sign up right here to volunteer. With a bigger space comes the need for more volunteers. North Carolina Native Plant Society members from across the state are encouraged to sign up for a variety of opportunities including the 20-minute talk. Sign up right away for one or more available time slots for one of several volunteer roles this year. Consider spending a three-hour shift welcoming fair visitors who want to learn the many benefits of North Carolina native plants.
Our garden volunteers have been hard at work preparing our new and old spaces at the NC State Fair. Thanks to our generous donors, thousands of fair goers will benefit from more opportunities for educational outreach and a larger and more bountiful garden area.
Several new areas take shape
We have an opportunity to present 20-minute talks on the small stage area next to our gardens. Society members are encouraged to consider volunteering to give a talk about the importance of planting natives; a script and visual aids will be provided.
Volunteers make the difference!
It’s a whole new program this year and there are more options than in previous years. If you have not been to the Native Plant Gardens at the State Fair in the past, 2022 is a great year to start. We have a few more surprises we hope to reveal. Let us know what you think when you go! Follow us on the North Carolina Native Plant Society Reid Chapter Facebook Page. If you have any questions or ideas for us to consider, please contact Jackie Trickel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackie Trickel is a full-time grandma to three beautiful grandkids and an observer of all nature! Her passions include restoring native plants and the habitats they support with a special fondness for the longleaf pine ecosystem. She is education chair of the NC Native Plant Society and a member of the Margaret Reid (Triangle) Chapter; a Virginia Tech Hokie; a NC Certified Environmental Educator, and a retired assistant park manager with Wake County Parks.
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