On Saturday May 19, 2012 the Dunbar Memorial Garden will host its Third Annual Native Plant Sale with proceeds benefiting continued care and maintenance of the all-native plant garden located on the campus of Dunbar High School. The garden was created in 2007 as a way to honor students whose lives were lost while attending school there.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Jesse Higginbotham Technology Trust and the Dunbar Beta Club.
With a start-up budget of less than $3,000, student volunteers, staff, friends, co-workers and members of the Lexington community gathered each Saturday to create the Memorial Garden which today encompasses an area that is well over 100 square feet and includes pathways created with recycled pavers, two strawbale construction benches decorated with hand-made ceramic tiles and upwards of 50 different varieties of native flowers, bushes and trees. Work continues each Saturday from April to October as volunteers gather to care for the garden and its surrounding environment. Benches and picnic tables are refurbished, butterfly habitats created, birds and other wildlife are studied, memories are made and remembered – it is a “labor of love” that continues to grow and thrive.
A number of perennial native plants will be available at the Sale including several varieties of Sunflowers, Goldenrod, Asters, Coneflowers and Coreopsis. We will also have limited amounts of young shrubs such as Shining Sumac and Snowberry along with a few native grasses. False Blue Indigo, Blue Star, Rattlesnake Master, Wild Bergamot and Cup Plants will be in stock and once transplanting begins there may well be other varieties added.
Prices will vary from $2 to $10 – the sale will begin at 10am and end at 2pm. Cash only please, we will provide a receipt with your purchase. This is our only garden “fundraiser” for the year so please help support our ongoing efforts! We are also glad to give you a tour of our incredible Memorial Garden. (If you are unable to attend the event, you may still contribute to our work by making a tax-deductible donation by mail or online by visiting www.jessehigginbotham.com and clicking the “contribute” button).
The sale will be held rain or shine as we will be located under the covered canopy entranceway to Dunbar High School, 1600 Man O’ War Boulevard, Lexington, Kentucky.
Additional details on our work and the plant sale may be found at www.jessehigginbotham.com (click the “news and events” button) and through our Facebook Group and Plant Sale Event at “Dunbar Memorial Garden.”