Game Farm touts native gardening

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

More than 100 species of native plants will be for sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Game Farm.

Mary Carol Cooper, coordinator of the native plant program at the Salato Wildlife Education Center, said 100 percent of the native plants available for sale are already a year old.

"Most of the time it takes native perennials a year to bloom, so all of these should bloom and get big this year," Cooper said. "Native plants allow you to create colorful perennial wildflower gardens that require less maintenance and watering than exotic species. They don't need fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides."

The native plant program at the Game Farm has had a good year, Cooper said.

"We do all the landscaping around the Game Farm and all the exhibits. We're not in the business to sell plants. But the one-day sale helps us reduce our greenhouse inventory to make room for the many new species we will be growing for next year."

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