Volunteers to plant near the equestrian area at Milo McIver State Park next month

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LINDY RUTHERFORD - Ocean spray is among the native varieties that will soon be planted at Milo McIver State Park.

For her 60th birthday, Lindy Rutherford wanted to do something that made a difference at Milo McIver State Park.

The Beavercreek resident decided she would bring native plants to the park each year for a decade. That was three years ago, and now she's expanding her efforts.

The Native Plant Celebration and Planting will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, near the equestrian parking lot of the state park at 24101 S. Entrance Road.

During the event, attendees are invited to plant 400 red-osier dogwood, milkweed, mock orange, red flowering currant, ocean spray, salmonberry and snowberry seedlings.

"This is a park for nature, and nature needs these flowers," Rutherford said, noting that the selections have been approved by the park's botanist.

Planting will begin at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a celebration with free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies at the Equestrian Picnic Shelter. Plants will also be available for purchase.

Rutherford, a retired landscape contractor, also hopes to educate attendees about native plants.

"I want to have brochures with natives that are ideal to plant here," she said.

She is looking forward to seeing the finished product.

"I love the excitement of seeing what made it," she said. "I'm really excited. It will be really pretty."

If you go

What: Native Plant Celebration and Planting.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Where: Milo McIver State Park, 24101 S. Entrance Road.

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