Early Earth Day on Saturday at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 4/12/19

Every city has certain natural and outdoor amenities.

They all have parks, and they all have trees. They all have landscaping and paths, places to sit.

They do not all have a park that is home to all seven species of swan in the world.

On …

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Early Earth Day on Saturday at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

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Every city has certain natural and outdoor amenities.

They all have parks, and they all have trees. They all have landscaping and paths, places to sit.

They do not all have a park that is home to all seven species of swan in the world.

On an April 22 holiday that celebrates the natural world around us and promotes healthy ways to keep it vibrant, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens is hosting Sumter's annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The family fun day will take place at the park's gazebo, featuring earth-friendly visitors and organizations that promote actions and opportunities for a healthier planet through education, product information and plant and flower sales.

"Relax and walk around and see how to do things to not harm the earth, just get information and learn," said Lynn Kennedy, events manager for the City of Sumter.

City departments will be represented among vendors both educating and selling products, from hanging baskets and bedding plants to tomato plants and flowers, Kennedy said.

Rain barrels decorated by local middle school students can be voted on and purchased as a fundraiser, and experts will be on hand to teach those interested how to use one to collect rain water naturally.

Sumter Master Gardeners will be there, as will Duke Energy Progress and Sunrun Solar to talk about solar power options.

"I always thought you had to live out by the solar fields to use them," Kennedy said. "You don't."

Kennedy said the event has been running for eight or nine years, and a brand new vendor this year will be Front Porch Botanicals, a new greenhouse on Wedgefield Highway.

Fertilizer will be for sale, as will vegetables from Sumter High School's greenhouse.

The entire event benefits Sumter Green, a nonprofit that conducts beautification projects around Sumter and fundraises through events such as this and the Untapped food truck and craft beer festival.

Another new feature this year will be brick oven pizza for sale through Pizza for Pyros.