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Howard County GreenFest April 21, 2018

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If you are ready for Spring and ready to put your green thumb to work, check out the Howard County GreenFest and Native Plant and Herb Sale!

Howard County GreenFest 2018 Native Plant and Herb Sale takes place April 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Community College Quad. The event focuses on environmental awareness, education and resources. The is the eleventh year for the GreenFest, and over 75 local green businesses and environmental non-profits are expected to participate.

One of the highlights is the native plant sale, featuring locally grown Maryland plants. Using native plants for landscaping and gardening often means less work for gardeners, allowing more time to expand your landscaping or relax and enjoy your garden and view. Native plants are often hardier as they have evolved and adapted for the climate and soil in this part of Maryland. Along with being ornamental, the plants are also excellent food and shelter for animals and support pollinators.

In addition to the plant sale, there will be a free compost bin give-away, free raffles, workshops and speakers, and a shredding event. The kids will also find plenty to do with activities provided by Robinson Nature Center, a kids’ craft table, and live birds and reptiles on display with local experts. 

greenfest 2018Schedule of events:

Rain Barrel Workshop and Give-Away 11:00 a.m.
50 free rain barrels, including the parts, will be given away following an informational workshop. Seating is limited, so please visit the GreenFest welcome desks between 10:00 and 11:00 for more information and tickets. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Howard County residents only please. Even if you are not sure you are ready for a rain barrel, you can attend the workshop to learn about them.

Paper Shredding – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit the HCC parking lot for a paper shredding event from 10am-2pm (*or until trucks are full). Up to three bags or boxes of documents can be brought for free shredding. Learn more about what’s accepted. Please use your regular recycling collection for items that do not have personal information on them.

Repair Café – Noon until 3 p.m.
Transition Howard County is hosting a Repair Café. Bring small items from home that are in need of repair (e.g. toasters, lamps, clothes, toys, or electronics). Specialists will evaluate the items and fix as many of them as they can for FREE. Volunteers will also be available to provide resources and answer questions about repairs on items that are too large or not possible to bring in, such as plumbing or large furniture.

Chain Saw Sculpture Demonstrations
A local artisan will be crafting sculptures from fallen trees and stumps. Sculpture demos will be ongoing throughout the day and sculptures will be available for purchase.

 

The Howard County Community College Quad is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., in Columbia. For more information visit  howardcountymd.gov. 

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