Remember mom and help Pocono organizations

 Mother’s Day is this Sunday (yes, my boys it is) and some Pocono organizations are offering some great gifts.

Let’s start with the plant sale at the Monroe County Courthouse on Friday.

The annual Mother’s Day flower sale to benefit Monroe County Children and Youth will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse.

The sale will include hanging baskets and many flowering and foliage varieties.

Ten-inch baskets are $16 or $30 for two. Twelve-inch baskets are $25 or $45 for two.

Checks can be made payable to MCC&Y Advisory Board. All proceeds will benefit the annual Christmas toy drive.

I saw some of the plants last year and they are well worth the price.

Then there’s the Brodhead Watershed Association’s native plant sale. I’ve been touting this for weeks because native plants really help the Poconos is so many ways.  

The Brodheadsville Watershed Association’s annual Native Plant Sale of perennials, shrubs and trees will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus on Old Mill Road in Tannersville.

Perennials will be available in 4-inch pots and quart containers. Trees and shrubs are in 5-gallon tubs.

Friday is for BWA members only. Members receive a 10 percent discount Friday only. Membership is available at the door.

A penstemon is just one of 75 varieties at the plant sale

Check out the list of plants.  

As a preview, Robin Petras and Darryl Speicher will hold a workshop on native plants from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NCC Monroe. The cost is $3 for BWA members and $4 for nonmembers. Membership is available at the door. To register for the workshop, call 570-839-1120.

You can give the gift of time and take mom to the talk. The cost is certainly reasonable enough so you can spring for dinner.

Geoff Mehl,  native plant specialist from Scotrun, will be at both the workshop and sale signing his books.

If Mother Nature is her thing, she can be the best dressed mom in the Poconos with this commemorative pin from The Friends of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  

The LizTech design is $60 and features gold hemlock trees, green mountains, blue for the Delaware River, a brown jewel acorn, shining sun, a bald eagle and the park service arrowhead cut into the side of one of the mountains.

LizTech has the pin available in their gallery at 95 Crystal Street or ontact Herb at the Friends  570-828-1422, or email .

Me? I like all of the above. But what I’d really like, if anyone is paying attention, is a rain barrel. Now that would really be awesome.

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