Take a walk on the wild side next weekend at Roswell’s first ever wildlife plant sale at Roswell City Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by the city of Roswell, in partnership with Monarchs Across Georgia, the Oct. 6 initiative supports the city’s goal of achieving Community Wildlife Habitat Certification through the National Wildlife Federation.
This certification is awarded to cities that provide appropriate habitat for wildlife throughout the community – from individual backyards and school grounds to public areas such as parks, community gardens and businesses. Certified cities are communities where residents have made it a priority to provide the four key elements to growing and sustaining local wildlife: food, water, shelter and a place to raise young.
“Becoming a certified Community Wildlife Habitat would be a fantastic accomplishment for the city,” said Janet Liberman, environmental programs manager for the city of Roswell and executive director of Keep Roswell Beautiful. “Our goal through the project is to help create an environment where our residents, as well as our wildlife, can flourish.”
Residents will be able to join the city’s efforts to achieve this prestigious certification by taking home a variety of perennials, herbs and shrubs from the Wildlife Plant Sale to incorporate into their yards. These plants, which include drought-resistant natives, milkweed for monarchs and host and nectar plants for butterflies, all encourage healthy wildlife growth because they support a greater diversity of fauna than non-native plants.
Monarchs Across Georgia is partnering with Roswell in hosting this event to further their goal of restoring butterfly habitats across the state and educating local communities about butterflies and other pollinators.
Cash and checks will be accepted at the Wildlife Plant Sale.
For more information on Roswell’s Community Wildlife Habitat Project, visit www.roswellgov.com. For more information about the sale, please contact Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3715.