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April 18, 2014

FloraKansas native plant sale, local music festival slated at Dyck Arboretum

The FloraKansas native plant sale next weekend will once again be joined by the Prairiestock Local Music Festival at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston.

The FloraKansas native plant sale next weekend will once again be joined by the Prairiestock Local Music Festival at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston.

The plant sale will feature full-sun prairie-native plants, shade-tolerant native plants of the eastern Kansas woodlands, and adaptable perennials. Many species of wildflowers and grasses will be available, along with shrubs, vines and trees. Eight varieties of butterfly-loving milkweed, for example, will be for sale.

Experts will be on hand to help with plant selections.

The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26, noon to 4 p.m. April 27, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28. A members-only sale will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday with a 10 percent discount; memberships can be purchased at that time.

For more information, including a plant list for the sale and searchable pant library, go to the website www.dyckarboretum.org. Proceeds of the plant sale help support the arboretum. Admission to the sale is free.

Musical groups from south-central Kansas representing several musical genres will perform during Prairiestock, which will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26 at the arboretum, overlapping in part with FloraKansas that day.

Performers will include Book of Jebb, Jammin’ Biscuits, Barry Jones, Thor Bonner, Knocknasheega, the DeVeils (formerly known as Raging Sea), Emily Strom Trio, Delores and the Pickin’-Fretter, and the Ne’erdowells.

Food will be for sale from vendors including Lincoln Perk and Sharon’s Rollin’ Kitchen. Admission to the music festival will be a $5 wrist band for adults. Children ages 16 and under will be admitted free.

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