Focus on Native Plants

Saturday will be a day for celebrating native plants in Bridgehampton. First, a “tree ID trail” trek will start at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at 10 a.m. The moderately paced 3.5-mile hike through an oak and hickory forest will allow participants to learn more about native trees and shrubs and take in views of Crooked Pond. Jean Dodds can be called at 631-599-2361 to sign up.

Then, between 3 and 5 p.m. that day, an art show will open with a Peconic Estuary Program talk in the Hampton Library’s Geri Bauer Gallery. “Native Plants: Your Yard’s Beautiful Friends,” a series of oil paintings by Muriel Hanson Falborn, a Sag Harbor landscape designer and artist, will be on display.

At 4 p.m. in the gallery, a talk will focus on incorporating native plants in home gardens and yards using grants from the Peconic Estuary’s Home Rewards Program. Installation of plant gardens and rain gardens or the use of rain barrels to catch rainwater for reuse can earn up to $500 to offset expenses for homeowners in the Peconic Estuary watershed area. The free event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt. Refreshments will be served.

The South Fork Natural History Museum will take a closer look at trees and their structure on Sunday morning at 10:30. Melanie Meade, a nature educator, will lead a short walk behind the museum into the evergreen grove, where participants will not only observe but also sketch the details of trees. Sketchpads and pencils are a must. Registration in advance is required for this free event.