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Wednesday, Mar 26 2014 06:00 AM

Last chance to order native plants

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Carol Rush, right, visited Rick Gillis, manager of Mountain Gardens Nursery, 503 S. Curry, to view some native plants they carry that are also being offered through the TRCD Native Plant Sale. Folks who miss out on ordering plants through the TRCD sale can order selected native plants through Mountain Gardens. Photo courtesy of Pilitas Nursery

Bee's Bliss or Creeping Sage, a Salvia hybrid, will be offered this year, along with five other plants in the mint family. Photo courtesy of Pilitas Nursery

The Tehachapi Resource Conservation District (TRCD) is still taking orders for the Native Plant Sale through March 31. Customers may order online, with links to the Desert-Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council (DMRC&D) website at desertmountainrcandd.org/54-2/dmrcd-annual-plant-sale/, or by mailing in a handy order form.

Plants will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the TRCD office located at 321 W. "C" St., on the corner of Mill and "C" Streets in Tehachapi.

"This is the last week of the sale, so please take a look at the websites to see descriptions of the plants, view photos, and place orders", said Edith Frick, TRCD director and project coordinator. "Many varieties are being offered that are drought resistant, and some are fire resistant as well. When established, these plants will benefit Tehachapi landscapes as we deal with years of low rainfall."

"As a caution, these plants should be planted using Fire Safe Council guidelines. Many of these natives or their wild relatives are found naturally in foothill woodland and chaparral plant communities," said Carol Rush, associate director and plant sale assistant. "After six months to a year of deep watering, these plants should establish well and will stay green with little watering."

A total of 34 different shrubs, perennials, grasses and small trees are being offered this year. Several aromatic shrubs such as the White Sage or Hummingbird Sage are being offered, as well as small trees such as the magenta flowered Redbud or creamy-white flowered Elderberry.

TRCD is a volunteer-based special district that welcomes community interest and participation. For more information on TRCD, visit the website tehachapircd.org. For more information about the native plant sale, contact Edith Frick by email at edith.frick@gmail.com, or call DMRC&D at: 760-446-1974.

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