The FCT’s Trailhead Nursery will be selling native perennials, shrubs, and trees on Saturday, September 28 at the Louie Bluie Festival at Cove Lake and on Sunday, October 20 at Hiketoberfest on Signal Mountain.
Started this past October, Trailhead Nursery is the Friends’ project on Signal Mountain for growing native Cumberland Trail plants for use to restore recently acquired land. Plants are being grown from seed collected on the trail for the past three years by Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Terri Ballinger and volunteers with the goal of using these plants to produce seed for repopulating the pine plantation with native keystone species essential to restoration.
Native plants being offered for sale are not restoration plants but rather plants propagated through volunteer efforts headed by nursery manager Sally Wencel. Seeds used in propagation are donated by area supporters assuring that seed stocks are of a local provenance. The nursery also benefits from plants donated by local wildflower gardeners. In addition to nursery propagated plants (including plants propagated from plants rescued on Signal Mountain), a nice variety of native shrubs propagated by an area native plant nursery will be available for purchase.
Plants available in fall include a large selection of native azaleas (Piedmont, Flame, Swamp, Plumleaf, Piedmont, Pinxterbloom, Pink Shell) and other woodland shrubs like Sweetshrub, Hearts a-bustin’, Mapleleaf viburnum, Witch-hazel, Ninebark, Bottlebrush buckeye, Clethra, and Oakleaf hydrangea. We also have a great stock of Cardinal flower, New England Aster, and a variety of ferns, grasses, and perennials for woodland and sunny gardens.
All proceeds from these sales goes directly to support Trailhead Nursery and the Cumberland Seeds Project.