After Hurricane Ian, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation welcomed those returning to the Native Landscape and Garden Center at Bailey Homestead Preserve in Sanibel on January 24th.
“We have completed basic cleaning of the garden center grounds and have commenced outdoor checkout services.” Adult Education Director Jenny Evans said: “The honey houses where we normally do retail checkouts are still in disrepair, but we know how enthusiastic the islanders are to start replanting and we want to support them. increase.”
For more than 50 years, the SCCF reports advising residents and businesses on the benefits of planting native species to support conservation on Sanctuary Island. By planting natural landscapes in their backyards, people are creating habitats for wildlife and pollinators, protecting water quality, conserving water, and providing natural beauty.
In a recent Post-Ian Replanting Guide, garden center staff identified 57 of the most resilient species of palms, trees, shrubs and groundcovers, including wildflowers, grasses and ferns, that survived Ian. Did.
“Like many native plants that have weathered the storm, we will reopen with limited hours so that we can provide in-person guidance.” Evans said.
The Garden Center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
The SCCF noted that although the delivery of hundreds of native plants has brought vitality and life back to the center’s grounds, it has not returned to normalcy overall. Due to the loss of vehicles in the storm, the center has not yet been able to resume delivery services or online sales. Membership benefits, consultations and home visits with donations of $100 or more are available again, but are on a waiting list until March.
Also, the Shipley Trail that traverses the reserve behind the center remains closed at this time.
Those not on the island can visit the center’s online store to purchase gift cards and plant sponsorships to help SCCF regenerate less green grounds than usual.
“Since announcing the Tree-Build campaign in December, we have already raised over $30,000.” Evans said. “We are again truly amazed at how supportive our island community is. We look forward to seeing our island friends again and making new friends.”
For the post Ian replanting guide, visit https://issuu.com/sccf3/docs/sccf_replanting_guide-final.
To donate to the Tree-Build campaign, please visit https://sccf-native-landscapes-garden-center.square.site/.
For more information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-472-1932.
The SCCF Native Landscape & Garden Center is located at 1300 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel.