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Shopping Saturday? Add this native plant sale to your stops

Maidu Museum in Roseville hosts event including garden tour, plant talks

California fuchsia is among the native plants on the most recent inventory list for Miridae Mobile Nursery.

California fuchsia is among the native plants on the most recent inventory list for Miridae Mobile Nursery.

Kathy Morrison

If you happen to be out shopping Saturday, find a gift or two for your garden and native wildlife: California native plants.

The Maidu Museum and Historic Site is teaming up with the California Native Plant Society and Miridae Mobile Nursery to present a native plant sale Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held next to the museum, 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville. 

The sale is part of the observance of Native American Heritage Month, and includes other events at the museum that day relating to Native American tribes' uses and traditions with native plants:

-- 11 a.m. "Plant Relatives: The Tribal Perspective on Native Plants," presented by Matthew Moore and Zachary Emerson, United Auburn Indian Community.

-- Noon. Tour of the Native Garden, led by Mark Lum of the Maidu Museum.

-- 1 p.m. "Planting Your Native Plants," a presentation by Nancy Gilbert of the Redbud Chapter of CNPS.

The museum asks that shoppers bring along boxes to carry their new plants and bulbs. Only service dogs are allowed at the sale.

Find more information on the museum here.  The Miridae plant inventory can be found here.

(Note: If you miss this sale, the Miridae truck also will be selling plants 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in Oak Park, Sacramento,  at the Goodful Bazaar, 2837 36th St.)

-- Kathy Morrison


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