members collect seeds to “re-green” storm-battered landscape
garden club members, area Master Gardeners, and businesses have joined
in the Seeds for Salvo effort to “re-green” the battered landscape from
Rodanthe to Avon. As the area is cleared of debris, the loss
plant life has become obvious in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
by Dare Master Gardener alumni Clair Sutton, Outer Banks volunteers are
helping to revitalize Hatteras Island by sharing seeds from their own
gardens and using seeds donated by individuals and companies.
Ace Hardware stores have been the donation drop-off points for seeds
collected from area gardens that are then dried, labeled, and packaged
Ace operations manager Kathy Seko and Rena
Earnhardt, seed representative for Botanical Interests, generously
donated several thousand packets of seeds to Hatteras residents.
Earnhardt said her great-grandfather was a founder of the Hatteras
Marlin Club, so she wanted to be involved in bringing the landscape
back to its natural beauty.
Many of the Botanical
Interest packaged seeds are for winter and early spring vegetable
gardens, with the remainder of flower seeds for yards and
containers. Rye grass seed, suitable for
over the winter, is available in bulk.
Environmental Division of North Carolina Department of Transportation
donated large amounts of native wildflower seeds, trees, and day
lilies. Residents are encouraged to freely sow the coreopsis
biden seeds around their yards and along the roadside of Rodanthe,
Waves, Salvo, and Avon for summer blooms throughout the
addition, 100 smooth sumac trees and 250 day lilies are potted and
ready to pick up and plant as soon as possible this
All packets and bags of
wildflower seeds, rye seeds, the sumac trees, and day lilies are free
to island residents and can be picked up at The Lifeboat Food Pantry in
Salvo on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday, from 9 a.m. until noon until all
interested in getting wildflower seeds in bulk or volunteering to help
with the Seeds for Salvo effort may contact Clair Sutton at [email protected].