Friday, April 10, 2015

Native Spotlight: Spring Native Plant Sales


Guest Blog by Rachel Shaw 

Happy spring! (I think I can say that at last.) I am going to be taking a little hiatus from this monthly column in order to focus on some family matters. I expect to be back by mid-summer. In the meantime, native plant sales are happening soon in our area. The EPA has a really nice site with links to information about native plant sales throughout the Mid-Atlantic region:

In DC, an excellent sale is associated with the Lahr Symposium held in March at the National Arboretum. Unfortunately it has already taken place this year, but check out this year’s program and keep it in mind for next year. You can go to the sale without attending the conference, but symposium registrants get in to the sale an hour before the general public.

Below I’ve listed a few other sales I like and details on when and where they will be held this year. (They’re all on the same weekend, so arrange your schedule accordingly!)

Saturday, April 25, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, April 26, noon - 4 pm
Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD
2015 Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend. See website to pre-order.

Friday, April 24, 3-7 pm
Saturday, April 25, 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday, April 26, 1-3 pm
Black Hill Regional Park, Boyds, MD. Sale to be held at greenhouse; signs will be posted. See website for additional information, including plant list with photos.

Saturday, April 26, 9 am - 2 pm
Parkfairfax / Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale, 3601 Valley Drive, Alexandria.
Multiple vendors. See website for directions and vendor list.

On the homefront, I’m happy to see that Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis) has pushed its way up and started to flower. What’s going on in your yard now?

About the author:
Rachel Shaw focuses on vegetable gardening and growing native plants in her small yard in Rockville, MD. She blogs at
This guest blog post is part of a monthly Native Plants series posted around the 10th of each month. Rachel is taking little hiatus from this monthly column in order to focus on some family matters. WE anticipate that this series will return in mid-summer.

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