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Rouge Rescue Backyard Fair & Native Plant Sale

Join Friends of the Rouge for this exciting inaugural family-friendly event at Beechwoods Park in Southfield on Sunday 5/22 from 1pm to 5pm.

ALERT: CONSTRUCTION ON BEECH RD
Beech Rd allows only southbound one-way traffic. Access event by traveling to Nine Mile Rd and Beech, then south on Beech Rd.

ROUGE RESCUE BACKYARD FAIR & NATIVE PLANT SALE

Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale, hosted by Designs by Nature, with quarts of your favorite native plants available for same-day purchase. $5 quarts, $6 and up for woodland rescue plants, plus more

Children’s Activites

Children’s activities, including live readings, activities, and playground

SUNDAY 5/22
1PM – 5PM
Southfield @ Beechwoods Park (22200 Beech Rd)

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers make this event possible! And they get up to a 20% discount, plus first crack at the plant sale.

Sign up to Volunteer

Talks

10 minute pop-up talks on rain gardens, rain barrels, pollinators, etc

Activities

Tabling by partner organizations, for you to learn more and connect with local experts about pollinators, invasive species, composting, paddling the Rouge, etc. See a full list of tabling partners below.

You make a better world possible—starting right in your own backyard!

AGENDA

1pm

Event opens! Native plant sale, children’s activities, plus tables with activities and information for adults

1:30pm

Native Plant Speed Talk. Get the scoop on native plants, and get oriented to the plants available at the Native Plant Sale.

2pm

Book reading of “Let’s Build a Rain Garden” by local children’s book author Sally Wenczel

2:30pm

Pollinator Speed Talk. Find out what all the buzz is about with pollinators!

3:30pm

Rain Barrels Speed Talk. Touch, tip, and otherwise try out a real live Rain Barrel Starter Kit, (just please don’t kick the tires), and learn more about whether a rain barrel is right for you.

4:00pm

Rain Garden Speed Talk. Check out the freshly planted rain garden at Beech Woods Park, and learn more about whether a rain garden is right for you. We’ll also learn about the permeable pavers installed in the parking lot.

5:00pm

Close of event

PARTNERS/TABLES

ACTIVITY

1pm – 3pm. Earth Friendly Landscaping. Making compost the “easy” way, using natural mulches, and using compost for an earth-friendly landscape.

Local children’s book author Sally Wenczel will have copies of her book “Let’s Build a Rain Garden” available for purchase. She will give a live reading of her book at 2pm

Terrain model of the Rouge River Watershed, staffed by volunteer Al VanKerckhove 

Dry Dock with Herman Jenkins. Hop in a canoe and learn about the Lower Rouge Water Trail

Enviroscape model staffed by Yvonne Willis

Pollinators table staffed by Colleen Sturm

Coloring booth with crayons and copies of the playful Rouge coloring sheet developed by local artist Jodi Lynn Burton.