Plants, music, activities and more at May 5 Native Plant Sale

By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter


If it’s true that music is good for plants, then the plants at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays “Gardening for the Bays” Native Plant Sale this weekend ought to be tapping their roots with joy.

For the first time in the event’s 14-year history, live music will fill the air at the James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View during the plant sale, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The duo Dawg & Dell will play a mix of “Americana” and classic rock, according to CIB spokesperson Katie Young.

“Dawg” is CIB volunteer Eric Metzman and “Dell” is otherwise known as Dalton Potter, Young said.

Also new for this year’s sale is a second bird walk. In addition to the traditional 8 a.m. “Early Bird” walk, another one has been added at 11:45 a.m. “for those who maybe aren’t quite such early-risers,” Young said.

In addition, this year, Debbie Goerger will give a Beekeeper’s Talk at 11 a.m., and there will be a DIY Rain Barrel demonstration with longtime CIB volunteer Pat Drizd at 9:45 a.m. Young said the hardware needed for constructing a rain barrel at home will be available for purchase at the sale.

Good Earth Market will be on site with an array of breakfast and lunch selections for sale.

Young emphasized that, since the event is outdoors, buyers should bring cash, as many of the vendors are cash only. Vendors scheduled to have plants at the sale include Envirotech Environmental Consulting Inc., Inland Bays Garden Center, Roots Landscaping and Garden Center & Sussex Landscaping LLC.

Wild About Birds will be on hand with bird-related merchandise, and Annie’s Acre Apiary will have honey for sale. Representatives from the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek will be available with information on the progress of the public gardens now being developed near Dagsboro.

Children’s activities will include construction of “bird nesting material rings,” which Young said resemble a Slinky, festooned with materials that birds can remove and uses for nest-building. Kids can also put together sunflower planters that are made with recycled cardboard; they can take the planters home and plant them in their own yards. All children’s activities are free of charge.

A talk by Sussex Master Gardeners is also scheduled. And each visitor to the sale is entitled to one ticket for the event’s plant raffle; additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each or six tickets for $5.

The sale will be held at the James Farm Ecological Preserve, 30048 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View. For more information, call the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, go to or see the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ Facebook page. As of mid-week volunteers were still needed for the event.