Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) is nearing the end of its online 2023 Native Plant Sale, which will conclude on April 1. See the variety of plants available, and help support FORB’s programs and activities. https://forb.wildapricot.org/page-1828477
Try the heat-tolerant white achillea millefolium, a yarrow that also attracts pollinators and is clay-tolerant. The eastern woodfern is an evergreen that thrives in partial to full shade. It is deer and rabbit resistant and provides winter interest. Virginia bluebells welcome spring with their arching stems and nodding clusters of pink buds that open to light blue trumpet-shaped flowers. Growing in masses, bluebells do well in partial to full shade and are resistant to rabbits and black walnut.
Purchasers must pick up their orders at the Riverbend Park Educational Pavilion, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls, Va., on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete list of native plants and to purchase native plants, visit the Friends of Riverbend Park website.
Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is Riverbend Park’s Bluebells at the Bend Festival. Until April 6, tickets are $10 online and $12 at the gate. Two ticketed sessions are available: from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.
Enjoy the wildflower walks, animals, exhibitors, live music, crafts, and food trucks. See the bluebells in bloom under the trees along the Potomac River. Bluebells will be sold during the festival at the Riverbend Park Visitor Center. Plants are $12 each and available for purchase with cash, check, or credit card while supplies last.