Native Plant Sale 2018 - Gardening with Purpose: Beautiful Plants that Support Nature. Member days: Thu May 3 – Fri May 4.  Open to public: Sat May 5 – Sun May 6. Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville, DE

Our Native Plant Sale features more than 300 rare, unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

When

Member Days**:
May 3 – 4, 2018
Thursday: 3 pm - 7 pm
Friday: 3 pm - 7 pm
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You can also become a member at the sale.

Open to public days:
May 5 – 6, 2018
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm

Thanks to
our sponsors

Where

Delaware Nature Society's Coverdale Farm Preserve***
Greenville, DE
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Please note that dogs are not permitted on this property

Payments accepted

Major credit cards
Checks
Cash
(admission is free)

Catalogue

Check back in April 2018

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**Members only days are open only to Members. Become a Member »
***During the Native Plant Sale, the nearby farm complex will not be open. Want to visit the farm animals and explore our trails? Check out our seasonal programs at the farm, Farm Fun Days, and Harvest Moon Festival.

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Join us to discover the bounty of the wild woods and fields. Learn how to identify edible wild plants and to harvest them while exploring the grounds at Ashland Nature Center. Bring our finds to our kitchen to make a tasty treat. Led by Heather Siple

Saturday, March 3, 10 am - 12 pm
Members: $15, Others: $20
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334
03/03/2018 - 03/03/2018
10:00AM - 12:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Botany
W18007AS

Series of classes March - September

Whether you are just beginning your interest in nature, or wish to gain greater depth of understanding of local ecosystems, take advantage of this spring through fall course! Learn about the ecology of the Piedmont region and the flora and fauna that reside here during eight lectures and field trips led by experts. Each participant will complete a field and classroom notebook to become a certified naturalist.School teachers can receive 60 hours of in-service credit.

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Members: $200, Others: $255
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (unless otherwise noted)

03/14/2018 - 09/29/2018
7:00PM - 9:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, Series
W18008AS
Have you ever wanted to farm fungi? T'is the season to drill, tap, and seal your way to delicious wood-grown oysters. Cultivating this beautiful mushroom at home is easier than you may think. Learn key culture features such as where to site your log, strain wood preferences, the meaning of "flushing", harvest tips, and tricks for re-fruiting. This workshop offers a culture overview, a visit to Coverdale’s forest farm and preparing a log to take home. All supplies included. Led by Michele Wales and Shaun Quinlan

Saturday, March 17, 10 am - 2 pm
Members: $55, Others: $65
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
03/17/2018 - 03/17/2018
10:00AM - 2:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Gardening/Farming
W18102CF
Thursday, Mar 22, 10am - 3pm

Coverdale’s Farmer Dan is not only a skilled Grower, he is also a Culinary Institute of America trained Chef. Spend the day with this food aficionado to discover fresh, approachable, and delicious ways to bring Italy to your home table. This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics on pasta and pizza doughs and creative sauces. Then transform them into show stopping dishes sure to become family classics. Your day includes a gourmet lunch, an apron, recipes to take home, hands-on participation, and lots of fun. Led by Dan O'Brien

Members: $125, Others: $135
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
03/22/2018 - 03/22/2018
10:00AM - 3:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Cooking, Gardening/Farming
W18104CF
Wednesday, March 28, 6 - 7:30 pm

Learn what beneficial creatures you can support in your urban garden. Be a good water steward while keeping your plants, pollinators and wildlife happy. Led by Lori Athey and Laura Miller.

Members: $12, Others: $15
Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center: 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490
03/28/2018 - 03/28/2018
6:00PM - 7:30PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult
Birding, Botany, Gardening/Farming, Insects, Water
W18202DC
Thursday, March 29, 9 am - 4 pm

Tour New Castle County to see, appreciate, and measure the biggest trees of their kind in Delaware. Visit historic properties and other private sites to see these trees and hear about some local history. Bring a lunch. Van transportation provided. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Lab Girl, as part of the Longwood Community Read program. Led by Joe Sebastiani, and Emily Carnwath, Auburn Heights State Park Program Coordinator

Members: $35, Others: $45
Meets at: Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707
03/29/2018 - 03/29/2018
9:00AM - 4:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Hiking, Botany
W18009AS
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Call 302-239-2334 to register.

Join nationally recognized landscape designer Heather Holm and garden writer Barbara Ellis for a morning of inspiration followed by an afternoon of garden tours and a container garden craft.

Schedule
9:15-10:30am Gardening for Bees and Butterflies with Heather Holm
10:45-11:45am Greener Gardens: One Step at a Time with Barbara Ellis
Noon-12:45pm Lunch and Book Signing

Pre-register for ONE of the following sessions
1-2:30pm Private Garden Tour
1-1:45pm Garden Container Workshop
1-2pm Mt Cuba Center Docent-led Tours

Also available
1- 4pm Mt Cuba Center Stroll on Your Own
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Seminar Fee: Members: $50 Others: $65
Meeting Location: Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Rd Hockessin, DE 19707 302-239-2334
04/07/2018 - 04/07/2018
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Botany
W18006AS
Saturday, April 7, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Embark on an exclusive hike from Ashland Nature Center to Coverdale Farm Preserve in search of delicious and wild edible plants. Learn to accurately identify and safely harvest early spring seasonal gems like stinging nettle, dandelions, and plantain to name a few. Bring your bounty to the well-appointed kitchen at Coverdale to cook up a truly local gourmet lunch. Hone your newly acquired foraging skills at home and cook up a feast for your family with recipes from the day. After the feast a shuttle will return you to Ashland Nature Center. Led byJoe Sebastiani and Michele Wales

Members: $55, Others: $65
Meets at Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin DE (302) 239-2334
04/07/2018 - 04/07/2018
9:30AM - 1:30PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Cooking, Gardening/Farming, Botany, Hiking
W18106CF
Visit magical, and secret, places for wildflowers. Your surprise tour will include locations where the woods are bursting with bloom. Van transportation from Ashland provided. Led by Janet Ebert

Tuesday, April 24, 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Members: $20, Others: $25
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334
04/24/2018 - 04/24/2018
9:00AM - 12:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Botany
W18013AS
Saturday, April 28, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Embark on an exclusive hike from Ashland Nature Center to Coverdale Farm Preserve in search of delicious and wild edible plants. Learn to accurately identify and safely harvest mid-spring seasonal gems like stinging nettle, dandelions, and ramps to name a few. Bring your bounty to the well-appointed kitchen at Coverdale to cook up a truly local gourmet lunch. Hone your newly acquired foraging skills at home and cook up a feast for your family with recipes from the day. After the feast a shuttle will return you to Ashland Nature Center. Led by Heather Siple, Courtney McKinley and Dan O'Brien

Members: $55, Others: $65
Meets at Ashalnd Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin DE (302) 239-2334
04/28/2018 - 04/28/2018
9:30AM - 1:30PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Cooking, Gardening/Farming, Botany, Hiking
W18107CF
Saturday, May 12, 7am - 8pm

Discover Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary and its WWII ship graveyard along the Potomac River. Tour the Accokeek Foundation's National Colonial Farm and stop for dinner in Kent Island on the way home. Van transportation (~3 hr drive), boat/paddle/PFD, and snacks provided. Bring a bagged lunch, full water bottle, and money for dinner. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions upon registration. Led by Matt Babbitt and DNS Staff

Members: $55, Others: $70
Meets at Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbotts Pond Road, Milford DE

05/12/2018 - 05/12/2018
7:00AM - 8:00PM
at: Abbotts Mill
age: Adult 21+
Eco-Travel, Gardening/Farming
U18301AM
Saturday, May 19, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Embark on an exclusive hike through the gorgeous 356-acre Coverdale Farm Preserve in search of delicious wild & cultivated edible plants. Learn to accurately identify and safely harvest late spring seasonal gems from nature and farm fields like stinging nettle, dandelions, lettuces, and radish to name a few. Bring your bounty to the well-appointed kitchen at Coverdale to cook up a truly local gourmet lunch. Hone your newly acquired foraging skills at home and cook up a feast for your family with recipes from the day. Led by Michele Wales and Dan O'Brien

Members: $55, Others: $65
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
05/19/2018 - 05/19/2018
9:30AM - 1:30PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Cooking, Gardening/Farming, Botany, Hiking
U18101CF

Session Series: June through September, 1 pm - 5 p

Learn how to help others create wildlife habitat gardens. Topics include site analysis, plant selection, design for happy critters and neighbors, and wildlife-friendly gardening practices. Four afternoons, one Saturday and one evening. Course includes garden visits and a resource notebook. Some homework required for NWF certification.Call (302) 239-2334 to register.

Class #1: Wednesday June 13: Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #2: Wednesday June 27, Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #3: Wednesday July 11 DEEC, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Class #4: Saturday July 21 rain date July 28, Newark - a Certified Habitat Community, 9:00am-4:00pm
Class #5: Wednesday August 15, Ashland, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Graduation, garden tour & potluck dinner: Wed Sep 12, TBD, 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Members: $75, Others: $95
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707

06/13/2018 - 09/12/2018
1:00PM - 5:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, Series
U18501AS
Thursday, June 21, 10am - 3pm

Coverdale’s Farmer Dan is not only a skilled Grower, he is also a Culinary Institute of America trained Chef. Spend the day with this food aficionado to discover fresh, approachable, and delicious ways to bring the best of field & stream to your table. Discover how to fabricate fish and vegetables then transform them into creative seasonal dishes sure to wow every eater in your family. Your day includes a gourmet lunch, an apron, recipes to take home, hands-on participation, and lots of fun. Led by Dan O'Brien

Members: $125, Others: $135
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
06/21/2018 - 06/21/2018
10:00AM - 3:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Cooking, Gardening/Farming
U18104CF
Thursday, June 21, 10am - 1pm

Celebrate the 1st day of summer with a delightful ramble across the fields, creek and woods of Coverdale Farm Preserve. Explore the NEW addition to the preserve, donated by the Frederick family in 2017. Led byJanet Ebert

Members: $20, Others: $30
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
06/21/2018 - 06/21/2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Hiking, Botany
U18102CF
Wednesday, July 11, 3:30 - 5pm

Gardening tips for keeping you, your neighbors, and the critters happy and healthy. Indoor presentation.

Members: $12, Others: $15
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334
07/11/2018 - 07/11/2018
3:30PM - 5:00PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult
Gardening/Farming
U18502DC
Friday, July 20, 8pm - 10pm

Unwind after work with summer cocktails, lawn games and an evening under the stars! Learn three mojito recipes using mint fresh from our farm garden. Starting with a traditional recipe, we will then spice it up with jalapeños or add berries for a refreshing summer sipper! While enjoying your creations snack on guacamole and fresh salsa. As dusk fades, we will move up to the overlook. Prepare to be dazzled by the summer night sky! Through telescopes, we’ll have the opportunity to view Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and deep space objects. We’ll also observe constellations and learn the folklore behind them! Led by Sheila Vincent and Ashley Harrell

Members: $25, Others: $35
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
07/20/2018 - 07/20/2018
8:00PM - 10:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult 21+
Cooking, Botony, Astronomy, Gardening/Farming
U18105CF