2016 Native Plant Sales & Events

2016 MID-ATLANTIC NATIVE PLANT SALES & EVENTS

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON DC, WEST VIRGINIA

The State of Maryland offers state & local giveaways & reimbursements.  Find more about their programs here.

TREE-MENDOUS Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND, a program of the Maryland Forest Service, remains one of our most popular programs aimed at helping citizens restore tree cover on public land and community open space in Maryland. To date, we have assisted more than 3,000 towns and communities, parks, and schools planting trees and shrubs to help clean the water, clean the air, and keep our towns and cities inviting, livable, and environmentally viable places to live. For planting on private land, there’s a $25 tree purchase incentive.

Baltimore County Government, Maryland, spring 2016 Big Trees Sale has now started! Join the hundreds of citizens who have purchased and planted nearly 3,400 Big Trees through our twelve sales to date.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery is ready to take seedling orders for the 2016 planting season. We produce millions of tree and shrub seedlings each year for reforestation and other plantings across Maryland and Delaware. We’ve been in the tree business for over 100 years, with our first nursery established at College Park in the early 1900’s. We are now located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore near the town of Preston and look forward to furnishing planting stock for many years to come. Please click here to go to the online catalog to purchase your seedlings. From the online catalog, choose from “Conifers” or “Deciduous” – Then click on the species name to add to your shopping bag. Remember that all orders are first come fist serve so please get your order in today! Ninety percent of Maryland’s forest land is owned by private woodland owners. Forest land is one of our greatest natural resources and if taken care of, can offer long term benefits for everyone. With these thoughts in mind we offer again this year many seedlings to assist landowners in their afforestation or reforestation projects. We hope that within these pages you will find the right options for your land and your objectives for that land. *Note, not all species offered are native.  Please choose natives!*

The New Jersey Forest Nursery grows over 25 evergreen and deciduous tree and shrub seedling species in Jackson, NJ. The nursery sells bareroot tree seedlings through the Seedlings for Reforestation program, in packs of 100.

Chester Township, New Jersey, Native Plant Sale. Order by May 2nd, 2016. The Chester Township Environmental Commission is once again sponsoring a Native Plant Sale. This is our 15th consecutive year for the sale and, as has always been the case, it is not a fundraiser. The sole purposes of the sale are to help reintroduce native plants into our environment and to help educate our citizens about the importance and beauty of native plants. . Orders must be received by May 2nd and plants must be picked up on Saturday, May 7th at the Chester Township Municipal Building.

Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery is processing seedling orders until April 22, 2016. The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery produces bare-root seedlings for wildlife food and cover on State Game Lands. The nursery has been producing and distributing 2 to 8 million seedlings annually for wildlife food and cover since 1954. All Pennsylvania landowners may purchase seedlings for wildlife food and cover, watershed protection, soil erosion control, and for reclamation of disturbed areas, such as surface mine site and utility right-of-ways.

2016 York County, Pennsylvania Conservation District Annual Seedling Sale. Order by March 24, 2016. Support conservation and improve wildlife habitat in your backyard! *Note, not all species offered are native.  Please choose natives!*

Fairfax County, Virginia: 2016 Native Seedling Sale
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual seedling sale makes low-cost native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages go on sale February 1.  Order by April 20.  Pick-up on April 29 or April 30.  Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean our air. Consider adding native trees and shrubs to your community today!

Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, Alexandria, Virginia 2016 Tree and Shrub Sale. Beautify your yard and help grow Alexandria’s tree canopy by purchasing and planting a high quality native tree or shrub at home! All plants are $20. For additional information and to view the flyer, visit our website, or call 703.746.5525. Purchase online or at the Nature Center by May 7thPick-up is at the Buddie Ford Nature Center on May 21st 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Clements State Tree Nursery sells seedlings to landowners and businesses in West Virginia and its surrounding states for the purposes of reforestation, coal mine reclamation, wildlife cover and Christmas tree production. Most of the seedling species are native to West Virginia and all are genetically suitable for success not only in West Virginia, but also in the neighboring states. Orders are taken each year from Sept. 3 through April 30th. Shipping begins Thanksgiving week and runs through April (weather permitting). Seedling orders can be paid over the phone with a credit card, or by mail with a check or money order. (Online ordering coming soon.) Customers can order seedlings via the online storefront, www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery, or by calling 304-675-1820.

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Your regional Native Plant Society is the perfect resource for not only native plant sales but also information, field trips and other events:

Delaware Native Plant Society
Maryland Native Plant Society
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
Virginia Native Plant Society
West Virginia Native Plant Society

The Native Plant Sales & Events calendar is updated regularly so check back often.  Contact us to add an event.

JANUARY

NEW YORK
January 11 – February 5
Friends of Reinstein Woods Native Perennial Plant Sale, Depew
Enhance the natural beauty of your landscape with native wildlfowers and ferns! Friends of Reinstein Woods is holding a native perennial plant sale January 11th through February 5th. Not only do native plants create an attractive garden, but they also help wildlife such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees by providing sources of nectar, pollen, and seeds.
Visit http://reinsteinwoods.org/nativeplantsale/ to view the selection of plant varieties and place your order. Orders must be received by Friday, February 5, 2016. Plant pickup is Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. For more information, call 716-683-5959.

EVERYWHERE!
January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., his birthday has been declared a national day of volunteer service.  Volunteering is a great way to help people and the environment.  Plus it will make you feel good.

VIRGINIA
January 18
Home Gardener Day: How to Keep Gardening in Our Changing World, Virginia Beach
The day’s theme examines the changes impacting our environment, our lives & the future of land stewardship. We discuss how to keep gardening, into the future, by making informed choices about such issues as: climate shift, soil degradation, invasive species, pollinator decline and so on. Several of our speakers have differing opinions on these topics, but all are respected experts in garden design, biology, botany, entomology, horticulture and the benefits of gardening, landscapes and the natural world. Speakers include Pam BeckChange How You Garden; Vincent Simeone, Grow More with Less; Karen Bussolini, Naturescaping; Thomas Rainer, American Gardening in a Post-Wild World; John Kartesz, Biota of North America Program; Doug Tallamy, Importance of Native Plants in Trophic Interactions. Fee: $75 (thru Dec 1), $100 (Dec 2-Jan 8), $125 (after Jan 9 if space is available).

FEBRUARY

NEW YORK
January 11 – February 5
Friends of Reinstein Woods Native Perennial Plant Sale, Depew
Enhance the natural beauty of your landscape with native wildlfowers and ferns! Friends of Reinstein Woods is holding a native perennial plant sale January 11th through February 5th. Not only do native plants create an attractive garden, but they also help wildlife such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees by providing sources of nectar, pollen, and seeds.
Visit http://reinsteinwoods.org/nativeplantsale/ to view the selection of plant varieties and place your order. Orders must be received by Friday, February 5, 2016. Plant pickup is Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. For more information, call 716-683-5959.

VIRGINIA
FEBRUARY 7
Fairfax County Parktakes Winter Lecture: Natives in Containers, Alexandria
Native plants in containers are not only beautiful, but they can also fit on a balcony or patio to provide food for a surprising number of insects and birds. Plantswoman Julie Borneman shows you how to beautify and increase the wildlife value of any space by container gardening with native plants. Fee.

VIRGINIA
FEBRUARY 17
The Piedmont Landscape Association 33rd Annual Seminar, Charlottesville
This annual event strives to bring gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together in an educational setting.
This year’s speakers are: Claudia West, Author and Lecturer: Planting in a Post-Wild World-Creating Resilient and Thriving Landscapes Designing Plant Communities: The Art and Science of Successful Native Planting
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Professor and Lecturer: To BEE or NOT TO BEE
Tony Avent, Author and Lecturer: Surround Yourself with Shady Characters

VIRGINIA
FEBRUARY 20
Eco-Savvy Symposium: Water-wise Gardening, Alexandria
From drought to deluge, water is a finite natural resource that demands bold conservation efforts. How we effectively manage this resource to beautify our homes and communities is critical. Learn practical, water-wise gardening techniques and creative solutions to conserve, capture, contain and sustain this precious natural resource. Speakers include Greg Tepper, Delaware Botanic Gardens’ Horticulture Director; Lily Whitesell, watershed specialist, NVSWCD; Lauren Wheeler, principal of Natural Resources Design; and Todd Brethauer, science educator. Lunch is included. Please call to request vegetarian. $70/person.

VIRGINIA
FEBRUARY 20
12th Annual Landowners’ Woods and Wildlife Conference, Culpeper
This all day conference for owners of large or small tracts of land…  is a virtual one stop/first stop for individuals, families, and managers to learn about woods, wildlife, and other natural resources; provides multiple links to information, sources of assistance and a better understanding of the natural resources around you; will explore a myriad of forest issues relevant to owners of woodland.

VIRGINIA
FEBRUARY 24
Habitat Conservation Forum: Practices that Sustain Virginia’s Wildlife and Native Plant Communities, Culpeper 
A regional forum sponsored by the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Habitat Partners© Program, with support from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program at the VA Department of Environmental Quality. DGIF and CZM are co-coordinators of the Virginia Native Plants Marketing Partnership, a consortium of organizations committed to developing and implementing statewide communication and marketing strategies that encourage the use of Virginia native plants in the landscape.
Speakers: Doug Tallamy, PhD: A Chickadee’s Guide to Creating a Living Landscape; Nancy Adamson, PhD: Habitat Management to Support Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects; Claudia West: Ecological Planting Design; Rod Simmons: Limits of Restoration; and Austin Kane: Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan.

VIRGINIA
FEBRUARY 28
Fairfax County Parktakes Winter Lecture: Gardening from Nature, Alexandria
Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, leaders in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how you can use this knowledge to create a home landscape that is resilient, beautiful, and diverse. This groundbreaking idea- moving from plants as individual objects to communities that work together- is a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture. Book signing follows lecture. Fee.

MARCH

NEW YORK
MARCH 3 & 4
8th Annual Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium, Ithaca
Regional Reality:  True Stories and Models for (Regional) Success in the Native Plant Industry. The mainstream nursery and landscape industry has resisted the use of regional or local native plant species, because regionalism is incompatible with industry trends of national marketing and distribution of plants.  But professional native plant practitioners are asking for locally appropriate native plant species more and more, as several of our presenters will illustrate at our 2016 Symposium.  Local or regional native plants (ideally grown from seed) are no longer a pipe dream and can no longer be considered unavailable.  We are heading into a new phase where demand for regional native plants is maturing and supply is trying to sprout regionally.  Learning how regional native plant markets are succeeding elsewhere will help us grow our regional native plant market–both supply and demand–here in Central New York or any other region.  Supply and demand are both needed for creating authentic native landscapes and restoring native habitats.  Some of this year’s presentations will also highlight the value of native plant communities in nature–because we believe conservation can reduce the need to restore or create native plant communities in the first place.

VIRGINIA
MARCH 5
GROW 2016: A Celebration of Native Plants, Lexington
Native plants are a gardener’s delight: they are adapted to local soils and climate, allow landscapes to coexist with nature, provide food and shelter for wildlife and are easy to grow! Join us in Lexington VA on March 5, 2016 for Grow 2016: A Celebration of Native Plants to learn how indigenous plants can be included into home landscapes.  The day long symposium will feature three nationally known plantsmen and lecturers: Rick Darke, coauthor (with Doug Tallamy) of Living Landscapes: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden; Cole Burrell, naturalist, landscape designer and author of Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants; and James Gagliardi, horticulturist in charge of the habitat gardens at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

MASSACHUSETTS
MARCH 9 & 10
Ecological Landscape Alliance’s Sustaining the Living Landscape: The 22nd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace, Amherst
Our 2016 Annual Conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and experiences. On Wednesday, choose from two day-long Focus Sessions: An in-depth look at protecting and building soils and how to incorporate permaculture principles into the conventional landscape. Thursday’s topics include restoring the urban forest, the best use of native cultivars, designing with plant communities, and the latest in energy efficient technology to light up your landscape. Join us as we look at strategies to create and maintain healthy ecosystems.

PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 10
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 16th Annual Land Ethics Symposium: Creative Approaches to Ecological Landscaping, Doylestown
This informative conference focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical, and ecologically balanced landscapes using native plants and restoration techniques. Participants will have opportunities to network and share their experiences with peers at this professional program. The Symposium is geared toward professionals, including landscape architects, designers, contractors and the green industry, environmental consultants, land planners, managers and developers, and state/municipal officials. Continuing education credits are available.

NEW JERSEY
March 12
Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 27th Annual Pinelands Short Course, Galloway Township, Atlantic County
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn about Pinelands plants, animals, history and art! There are so many amazing courses during this day-long event. Learn about Pinelands water quality, lichen ecology, wildnerness survival, northern pine snakes, raptors, frogs and toads and so much more.
There is no other event like this one! You don’t want to miss it. For the latest information, please send an e-mail message to: info@njpines.state.nj.us asking to be included on the Pinelands Short Course E-mail alert.

PENNSYLVANIA
March 12
Penn State Extension/York County Master Gardeners: GardenWise, York
GardenWise is the York County Master Gardeners’ one-day school for gardeners interested in keeping abreast of the latest news and research in gardening. Whether you are new to gardening or have been gardening for years, GardenWise has something for you. Dr. Doug Tallamy is this year’s keynote speaker. Doug will bring us updates on his latest research on the connections between plants and wildlife as well as a new talk offered in our breakout sessions.

April

DELAWARE
April 2
Delaware Nature Society, Copeland Native Plant Seminar: The Evolving Garden, Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin
Join nationally recognized author and gardener Ken Druse and cutting edge land managers Nate Shampine and Jim White as they share their vision for the next generation of gardens that welcome both people and wildlife. The seminar will focus on evolving landscapes through gardening, restoration and research.

VIRGINIA
April 2
Virginia Native Plant Society, South Hampton Roads Chapter Native Plant Sale, Virginia Beach
Join us for our Native Plant Sale at the 25th Gathering of the Guilds at the Francis Land House. We will have Coastal Plain, Virginia, and Southeast USA natives, cultivars of natives, and some Non-Natives. Perennials, shrubs, small trees and other plants that thrive in seaside and woodland gardens will be available. All proceeds from the plant sale will be used for area beautification and education.Come early for best selection.

WASHINGTON DC
April 2
The United States National Arboretum, 30th Annual Lahr Symposium: Native Plants: Good Design, NE Washington DC
Good design in today’s gardens and landscapes integrates the beautiful with the ecologically beneficial. Join the nation’s top practitioners of landscape design, ecology, and resource management to learn how you can apply their approaches, insights, and techniques. Fee: $95 ($76 FONA). Friends of the National Arboretum Native Plant Sale held in conjunction with the symposium: Free Admission.

MARYLAND
April 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
Herring Run Nursery retail days begin, Baltimore
We are open for retail sales on scheduled days during Spring and Fall, and by weekday appointment during most of this period.

VIRGINIA
April 12
Piedmont Environmental Council presents Doug Tallamy: A Case for Native Plants, Warrenton
As part of Highland School’s Earth Day celebration, PEC is sponsoring a community event featuring Dr. Douglas Tallamy. Dr. Tallamy is a renowned national speaker and is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught for 32 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His first book Bringing Nature Home was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Come hear Dr. Tallamy’s powerful message on the critical link between native plants and wildlife communities, and how gardeners can provide a safe haven for a diversity of life. The event is free, but registration is required.

VIRGINIA
April 14
Virginia Native Plant Society ‘Gardening With Wildlife in Mind: The Habitat Value of Native Plants’, Green Spring Garden, Alexandria
Presentation by well-known local naturalist Alonso Abugattas. While many of us enjoy gardening, what we plant can make quite a difference in local conservation. We can have a garden that is not just attractive to us, but to wildlife. Find out about habitat gardening, and how it incorporates the birds, bees, pollinators, and so many others, all of course with native plants.

MARYLAND
April 16
Howard County GreenFest, Columbia
Native plant sale all day on the Quad!

VIRGINIA
April 16
Earth Day Staunton 2016, Staunton
Celebrate Earth Day with the entire family at Earth Day Staunton. Enjoy hands-on activities, live native wildlife shows, Earth art demonstrations, face painting, native plant sale, free saplings, and more.

VIRGINIA
April 16
Bluebells at the Bend, Riverbend Park, Great Falls
Join us at Riverbend Park to celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River. Bring the whole family for fun including games, music, wildflower walks, wagon rides, and more! Registration not required.

VIRGINIA
April 16
Annual Bluebell Walk on Cedar Run, Catlett
Join The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Julian W. Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund for our Annual Bluebell Walk on Cedar Run. Take a casual walk through picturesque farm fields that have been preserved forever with a conservation easement on your way to the bluebell covered banks of Cedar Run. Naturalists will be on hand to identify native vegetation.

NEW JERSEY
April 23
Musconetcong Watershed Association Native Plant Sale, Asbury
Purchase beautiful native species that will provide lasting enjoyment and will also save you money, water and time. Native plants provide food and habitat for our wildlife and are economical for the homeowner since they do not require fertilizers or pesticides. They are adapted to our local conditions and can withstand our summer droughts and harsh winters. By planting natives, you will provide food and shelter and will help ensure the survival of the wildlife that depend upon them. Experts will be on hand at the sale to help you choose the best plants for your needs and location. Join us at the MWA River Resource Center, 10 Maple Avenue, Asbury, NJ. 08802.

EVERYWHERE!
April 22
Happy Earth Day!

NEW JERSEY
April 22 (Member’s only) & April 23
Pinelands Preservation Alliance Earth Day Native Plant Sale, Southampton
A great way to help preserve our native flora — and our environment in general — is to plant native vegetation around our homes and businesses. Luckily, New Jersey residents have lots of beautiful and interesting native plants to choose from. When you landscape with native plants, not only are you likely to save money and resources by using less fertilizer, soil additives, and water, you are also helping to strengthen the complex web of connections linking native species and ecological processes in your local ecosystem. Plant the Pinelands in your garden this spring!

NEW JERSEY
April 23
The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) Native Plant Sale at the Resource Center, Ashbury
Purchase beautiful native species that will provide lasting enjoyment and will also save you money, water and time. Native plants provide food and habitat for our wildlife and are economical for the homeowner since they do not require fertilizers or pesticides. They are adapted to our local conditions and can withstand our summer droughts and harsh winters. By planting natives, you will provide food and shelter and will help ensure the survival of the wildlife that depend upon them. Experts will be on hand at the sale to help you choose the best plants for your needs and location. River Resource Center, 10 Maple Avenue, Asbury, NJ. 08802

VIRGINIA
April 23
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Spring Native Plant Sale, Leesburg
Spring blooming flowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ferns will all be available at the semi-annual Native Plant Sale held at Morven Park. Even if you don’t know much about planting and growing native plants, the sale is a great place to start. All of the plants are carfully labelled with growing instructions, and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and provide advice.

DELAWARE
April 24
Mt. Cuba Center Annual Wildflower Celebration, Hockessin
Don’t miss Mt. Cuba Center’s signature annual event. Enjoy a stunning display of spring wildflowers, live music, gardening demonstrations, family programming, and more. A variety of food selections are available for purchase. Free admission, no registration required.

MARYLAND
April 28 (Members only), April 29 – May 1
Black Hill Nature Center Native Plant Sale, Boyds
Every year, FOBH offers a wonderful selection of native plants for sale, many started from locally collected seeds and grown in our greenhouse. The Greenhouse is located across from the Black Hill Park Office.

PENNSYLVANIA
April 29 (Member’s preview) & April 30
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) 12th Annual Native Plant Sale, Philadelphia
The annual plant sale features a beautiful selection of more than 150 species of perennial trees, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers native to this region. Grow an edible garden with heirloom varieties of vegetable and herb starts. Volunteers and plant experts will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and help you find the right plant for your yard. Want to get a head-start? Members can order their plants in advance. While you’re here, join Executive Director Mike Weilbacher for a spring wildflower walk.

MARYLAND
April 29
Adkins Arboretum presents: Native Plants We Love: An In-depth Look, Ridgely
Join horticulturist and native plant enthusiast Gregg Tepper for an entertaining and informative talk that celebrates the beauty, diversity, and benefits of favorite native plants. Director of Horticulture for the newly formed Delaware Botanic Gardens, Gregg has lectured extensively on native plants in both the U.S. and the U.K.

DELAWARE
April 30
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays 12th Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale!, Ocean View
A day of native plants, expert advice, demonstrations, food and fun! This coming spring, leave some space in your garden for bayberry, beach plum, shadbush, and blueberries and get ready to welcome the native birds and butterflies. If you plant them, they will come!

MARYLAND
April 30
Audubon Society of Central Maryland Native Plant Sale, just west of Mt. Airy
Our Native Plant Sale provides a unique selection of fresh, healthy plant stock that not only comes from local suppliers, but is natively suited to our unique regional weather and soil conditions. The ASCM holds a Native Plant Sale in April of each year, with 2016 marking our 18th year! Over these years, the Native Plant Sale has continued to grow in scope and popularity, becoming a “Don’t Miss It” event among local (and a surprising number of not-so-local) gardening enthusiasts. Needless to say, it is an important fund raising event for our Audubon Chapter and the sanctuaries we support.

MARYLAND
April 30
Croydon Creek Nature Center Spring Festival & Native Plant Sale, Rockville
Bring the entire family to our annual Spring Festival and Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Enjoy a live bat show from The Save Lucy Campaign, face-painting by Kids Party Face, forest hikes, sustainability exhibits, nature crafts and games. Food will be available for purchase from the Dawson’s Market Grill.

MARYLAND
April 30 (Rain date: May 1)
Lake Roland Nature Council Native Plant Sale, Baltimore
Professional gardeners will be on hand to help participants learn about the importance of landscaping with plants native to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Native plants are easier to maintain, and specific selections influence the lives of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. A variety of deer resistant plants will also be available for sale. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or sketches of their gardens to receive expert planting advice.

PENNSYLVANIA
April 30
Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival, Mannheim Township Overlook Park
Native plants, live animals, art and craft vendors, speakers and workshops, kids activities!

VIRGINIA
April 30
Friends of Riverbend Park Native Plant Sale, Great Falls
An appreciation for plants is easily developed but an understanding of the value and importance of nurturing a garden filled with native plants requires a bit more persistence and education. Held at Great Falls Grange in the picnic area located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, the sale will feature plants which are native to the Potomac River Gorge. Featured items are sized to carry and include shrubs, small trees and plants. The sale will be held from 8am – 11am.

VIRGINIA
April 30
Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale, Alexandria
Come find native perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun or shade.  A dozen or more vendors from 4 states (VA, MD, PA, & WV) will be hosted at this event, the largest native plant sale in the D.C. metro region. This sale is held twice a year.  The spring sale is the last Saturday in April.  The fall sale is the last Saturday in September.

VIRGINIA
April 30
Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale, Arlington
Want to beautify your yard while also making a home for birds and butterflies? Then it’s time to go native! We are offering a selection of plants that are accustomed to local climate and wildlife. We have gorgeous natives for sun to shade and even deer resistant plants. Our order form can be emailed to you, picked up at either nature center or you can order online at registration.arlingtonva.us. On the day of sale we’ll also have a wider selection to choose from on-site. For information: 703.228.6535.

VIRGINIA
April 30
Virginia Native Plant Society, John Clayton Chapter Annual Native Plant Sale, Williamsburg
Join us for our annual plant sale. More information to come.

VIRGINIA
April 30
Riverfest 2016, Waynesboro
2016 is the Year of the Osprey at Riverfest! This FREE annual event takes place river-side at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, VA. Activities include Reptile World shows, Stream Safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Fish and Fun Rodeo, Farmer’s Market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, Stream electro-fishing with DGIF and is capped off by the … Great South River Duck Race!! Rain or Shine – No Pets Allowed. Riverfest reaches more than 2000 children and adults and emphasizes our commitment and responsibility to the conservation of our natural resources.

MAy

MARYLAND
May 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Herring Run Nursery retail days continue, Baltimore
We are open for retail sales on scheduled days during Spring and Fall, and by weekday appointment during most of this period.

NEW JERSEY
May 1
Whole Earth Center hosts Landscaping with Native Plants, Princeton
Attention gardeners, bird-lovers, environmentalists, and everyone who enjoys the outdoors: Whole Earth Center will host a half-day of information and education on landscaping with Native Plants. We’ll also be selling a wide variety of herbaceous and woody plants—carefully selected for those wet and dry, sunny and shady, windy and still corners of your yard.

VIRGINIA
May 1
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter’s Native Plant Sale, Charlottesville
Shop the Annual Native Plant Sale on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 pm in the barn. Join the largest crowd of the year at Ivy Creek for the Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Chapter members will have potted over 1,500 native plants with an emphasis on spring favorites: Virginia bluebells, trillium, Mayapple, wild ginger, Dutchman’s breeches, wild geranium, and others. Summer and fall flowering pollinator attractors including milkweed, beebalm, coneflowers, liatris, asters, and goldenrods will also be featured. Uncommon native trees and shrubs will be offered too. A large portion of the profits are donated to Ivy Creek Foundation, while other educational and conservation activities are also supported. These very affordably priced plants have sold out quickly. In conjunction with the Annual Plant Sale, Ivy Creek will be holding a Book Sale near the kiosk as well. So check out what the winter and spring cleanings have cleared out from the attic and the barn. The Book Sale will be in the Education Building if the weather is wet.

DELAWARE
May 5 – 6 (Members only), May 7 – 8
Delaware Nature Society Native Plant Sale, Greenville
Our Native Plant Sale features more than 300 rare, unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

MARYLAND
May 6 & 7
Environmental Concern Spring Native Plant Sale, St. Michaels
Save the Date! EC’s Spring 2016 Native Plant Sale will be held at our EC Campus on May 6th and 7th.

MARYLAND
May 7
Assateague Coastal Trust Native Plant and Heirloom Tomato Festival, Berlin
For the 17th year, Assateague Coastal Trust will offer a selection of native flowering perennials, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and herbs at its annual festival. This year the event will again be next to ACT’s office, steps from the corner of Old Ocean City Boulevard and North Main Street in Berlin. And the date for this year’s sale, May 7th, or the day before Mothers Day, arrives just in time for shoppers to honor their moms with natural gifts that keep on giving…and are good for the environment too!

PENNSYLVANIA
May 7
The Manada Conservancy Spring Native Plant Sale, Hummelstown
Join us in greening our own backyards to bring nature back to its local environment. Our customer service volunteers will be there to answer your questions. This event is a fundraiser to support the land preservation and environmental education efforts of the Manada Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 7
Shaver’s Creek and the Central PA Native Plant Society Native Plant Festival, Boalsburg
Come celebrate the arrival of spring, the return of wildflowers, and the beginning of another gardening season at the Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival at the Boalsburg Military Museum! Enjoy a walk, talk to plant experts, and join us for our scheduled educational walks and programs. In addition to expert speakers, we’ll have native plants and local foods for sale. On the first Saturday of every May, Shaver’s Creek partners with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society to host this annual festival. PLEASE NOTE that we’ve changed the location of this joint festival to the Boalsburg Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 7 & 8
Brandywine Conservancy Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale, Chadds Ford
Native plants are adapted to local growing conditions, and require less water and attention. Choose from a wide variety of regional plants and seeds suitable for full sun to deep shade, and from wet to dry soil, many that are less attractive to deer. Plants include grasses, ferns, vines, shrubs and trees. Many of our plants attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 7 & 8
Friends of Kings Gap Native Plant Sale, Carlisle
There will be lots of irresistible plant choices to tempt you, and all come from local native plant nurseries and the Kings Gap garden. Cumberland County master gardeners and Kings Gap staff will provide answers to your gardening questions.

VIRGINIA
May 7
Virginia Native Plant Society, Prince William Wildflower Society Native Plant Sale, Manassas
Sun- and shade-loving native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees; great prices, and lots of variety! Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8712 Plantation Lane, Manassas. Nvehrs1@yahoo.com

VIRGINIA
May 7
Virginia Native Plant Society, Blue Ridge Wildflower Society’s Annual Plant Sale, Roanoke
The BRWS Plant Sale will be at the parking lot next to the Virginia Western Community College Arboretum greenhouse. We usually have more than 40 species of native plants for sale. Some of the more popular varieties include butterfly weed, New England Aster, bleeding heart, Virginia bluebell, spiderwort, cardinal flower and Jack-in-the-Pulpit. All plants will be in pots ready to take home and plant. There will be folks on hand to help advise where the plants will do best.

VIRGINIA
May 12
Virginia Native Plant Society ‘How Bugs Make the World Go Around’, Green Spring Garden, Alexandria
Presentation by Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., Prof of Entomology and Extension Specialist at UMD. Your garden can be a refuge of biodiversity. It houses a huge diversity of living things. Prof. Michael J. Raupp’s presentation will explain how insects and their relatives help make the world go around by providing important ecosys-tem services, linking members of food webs, pollinating plants, and providing biological control. You will leave with a new appreciation for the important roles insects play in the ecology of your garden.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 13 (Member’s only) & May 14
Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s Native Plant Sale, Ambler
Over 100 species of perennials, vines, ferns, shrubs and trees will be offered for sale at WVWA’s Spring Native Plant Sale. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will answer questions and help you to select the native plants which are best suited for your garden site. Plants will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 14
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania/Audubon Center for Native Plants Opening Day, Pittsburgh
OPENING DAY! May 14, 2016 at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. Stop in and purchase plants that attract birds and beneficial insects to your garden – and get the biggest discounts of the year. Home gardeners can serve as important links to the increasingly fragmented wild lands that surround us. The compelling beauty of western Pennsylvania’s diverse assortment of native plants can educate us as well as enrich our lives and landscapes. Gardening with native plants is one way to do your part in preserving our local environment. When purchasing native plants, always insist on “nursery propagated plants.” This ensures that the plants were grown from seed, rather than collected from wild populations.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 14
York County/MAEscapes Native Plant Sale, York
May 14 marks the 20th anniversary of the native plant sale sponsored by MAEscapes (Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes). This year’s sale will be better than ever, with many plant vendors, seminars and tours. 

MARYLAND
May 14
Mountain Maryland Native Plant FestivalNew Germany State Park, Garrett County
Discover the important connection between native plants, people and wildlife! A large variety of plants and seeds native to the mid-Atlantic will be available for sale (cash or check only) from regional native plant nurseries; Scheduled walks, programs, and activities will highlight native plants and biodiversity; Experts from local organizations will answer questions on native plants and other conservation topics. New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this FREE event.
Your support of participating native plant nurseries through your plant purchases is deeply appreciated! Drinks & snacks will be available for purchase but feel free to bring your own picnic lunch. For more information visit www.dnr.maryland.gov or www.mdflora.org

VIRGINIA
May 14
Virginia Native Plant Society, Potomac Chapter, 2016 Spring Native Plant Sale, Alexandria
Get your plant list ready and come to get your garden in great shape for summer! The plant sales are held at our propagation beds across the driveway behind the Horticulture Center at Green Spring Gardens. Our plants are all propagated from native stock. We have ferns, grasses, ground covers, perennials and woodies to choose from. Prices range from $7.00 to $10.00 (more for a few larger plants). VNPS members get a discount! We have experts on hand to answer questions and make suggestions. Come to buy or browse; we’d love to see you.

MARYLAND
May 15
Robinson Nature Center Native Plant Palooza!, Columbia
Come shop our native plant sale and learn how best to care for plants in your lawn and garden. Local experts in landscaping, tree care and gardening lead complimentary demonstrations on proper pruning, landscape design and plant care. During our 3rd Annual “Native Plant Palooza” you can purchase native plants from a host of vendors with a portion of proceeds from the sale benefiting educational programs at the Nature Center.

NEW JERSEY
May 20 & 21 and Summer Sales on Fridays, June through August
D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Native Plant Sale, Princeton
Because central New Jersey’s native plants and wildlife evolved together, they are highly adapted to and dependent upon each other. The nutrition provided by native plants is especially critical for wildlife at energy-intensive times of the year, such as spring and fall migration, and during courtship and breeding. In turn, native plants rely upon wildlife for pollination and seed dispersion. Whereas indigenous plants support diversity and disease-resistance, invasive species form monocultures that outcompete other plants. Replacing them with native species, which co-exist, creates a complex, vibrant ecosystem vital to both plants and animals.

WEST VIRGINIA
May 21
Potomac Valley Audubon Society Native Plant Sale: “Promoting Potomac Pollinators”, Shepherdstown
We are happy to announce our first “Native Plant Sale: Promoting Pollinators in the Panhandle.”  The sale will be held Saturday May 21, 2016 from 9am-4pm in conjunction with the well-established annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea in Shepherdstown, WV.  The Native Plant Sale will take place behind the Shepherdstown Public Library where the Sunday farmers market takes place.  The intent of this new event is to provide high-quality native plants to our members and the larger community, with a focus on plants that benefit pollinators in trouble like the honeybee and Monarch Butterfly. PVAS will be selling butterfly weed online and at the event through a partnership with The Monarch Alliance of Washington County.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 21 & 22
Hawk Mountain Native Garden & Plant Sales, Kempton
One of the biggest and best sales in the area! Natives use less water, require less work, provide year-round interest AND benefit wildlife. Receive expert advice, free native gardening information, and browse a wide array of native vines, ferns, shrubs, trees, flowers, and grasses at this annual event. Always held the third weekend in May.

june

PENNSYLVANIA
June 3 (Members only) & June 4
Brodhead Watershed Association Annual Native Plant Sale, Tannersville
Our plant experts will be on hand to offer advice on what’s best for your garden, and how you can use native plants to make gardening easier on you and the environment. Native plants need less fertilizer, use fewer pesticides, and they help insects pollinate. Because they don’t need as much water, these non-invasive plants help protect streams and wells, too. In many ways, the plants’ natural adaptability to your garden means less work and expense for you!

PENNSYLVANIA
June 3
Make a Pest-Free Home Naturally, Merion
Learn simple recipes to keep bugs at bay with non-toxic herbal and mineral solutions. Use the power of peppermint, baking powder, vinegar, and orange oil to make your home pest-proof year round. $30; members $27. Instructor: Dr. Anne Bower, ecologist and medical herbal specialist, Philadelphia University.

MARYLAND
June 4, 11, 18, 25
Herring Run Nursery retail days continue, Baltimore
We are open for retail sales on scheduled days during Spring and Fall, and by weekday appointment during most of this period.

NEW JERSEY
June 4
New Jersey Audubon Native Plant Sale, Cranbury
Native plants can be lush, colorful, low-maintenance beauties that attract native birds and butterflies to your yard. Native plants grown here at the preserve, and those grown by New Jersey horticulturalists, will be available to take home to your garden. Visit our demonstration native plant gardens, talk with our staff, and start your own gardening tradition.

PENNSYLVANIA
June 4
Regional Science Consortium at Presque Island’s Native Plant Sale at Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), Erie
Choose from a large variety of native perennials, shrubs and trees! Proceeds benefit the TREC Garden.

NEW JERSEY
June 6
Clemenson Farm Native Nursery Summer Retail Sale, Estell Manor
Summer retail sale. Patricia Sutton will lead tours through our demo gardens. See native plants in a landscape setting.

DELAWARE
June 7
Friends of the John Dickinson Plantation presents Doug Tallamy, Dover
Tallamy is well known for his work emphasizing the importance, value and benefits of fostering the natural world. He will discuss returning to the Dickinson Plantation some of the native plants and landscape features of John Dickinson’s day. He will also suggest techniques for using native plants in attendees’ yards and gardens. Fee. Announced in Cape Gazette article.

VIRGINIA
June 11
Earth Sangha Mini Native Plant Sale, Springfield
Every year we lament over how many amazing species get overlooked because they aren’t in bloom during our Spring and Fall sales. And this year, our herbaceous plant selection is especially large because of our new greenhouse space. So to help all these plants that Lisa and the gang have been growing like crazy find new homes, we are opening up the Wild Plant Nursery for a mid-season, mini sale! This event will be more laid back compared to our larger Spring and Fall sales and because we are in the middle of the season things might not be as tidy. Lisa joked that we should call this sale a treasure or scavenger hunt! So we invite you to come out to the Wild Plant Nursery, stroll through our aisles, maybe stop and smell the Rudbeckia hirta, and buy some of our native plants on Saturday June 11th.

PENNSYLVANIA
June 15 – 18
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents: Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Millersville
The Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville is held on the beautiful campus of Millersville University in scenic Lancaster County.  This conference provides essential information and networking for gardeners, teachers, and students, as well as landscape, nursery, botanic garden, and environmental professionals. Online registration opens 4/1/15.

july

DELAWARE
July 9
Xerces Society’s Conserving Native Bumble Bees, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin
Bumble bees, key pollinators of crops and wildflowers, are declining at an alarming rate, and previously common species are now absent from much of their former territory. Join Xerces Society’s Kelly Gill to learn about bumble bee biology and habitat needs, how to create bumble bee friendly gardens, and how you can contribute to citizen science projects to help conserve our native bumble bees. Then go on a garden tour to observe bumble bees and other pollinators in action. Fee.

PENNSYLVANIA
July 23
Xerces Society’s Gardening for Wildlife, Summer Garden Experience, Landisville
Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society for her talk, “Gardening for Wildlife”, during this full day event. Multiple speakers, times and more info TBA.

VIRGINIA
July 26-28
US Environmental Protection Agency presents Urban Waters National Training Workshop 2016, Arlington
This workshop is free and open to all! This is your chance to access representatives of the 14 federal agencies in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership who are committed to supporting your efforts to improve local waters and your community.
National Training Workshop Goals:
1. Strong Urban Waters Movement: Inspire and strengthen the urban waters movement to build and sustain robust effective partnerships across the country.
2. Authentic Community Engagement:
Strengthen our skills in working together with underserved communities to address community-based priorities and environmental justice challenges.
3. Partnerships on the Ground: Connect, share, and learn with other innovators about how to convene, engage, and succeed in our partnership work.

Too darn hot to be planting?  Then there’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and learn about our natural world!  Your local Native Plant Society’s calendar of events is a great place to start…
Delaware Native Plant Society
Maryland Native Plant Society
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
Virginia Native Plant Society
West Virginia Native Plant Society

august

OHIO
August 5 – 7
Mothapalooza 2016, West Portsmouth
Mothapalooza 2016 will be a full weekend of mothing, diurnal field trips, workshops, keynote presentations and camaraderie! This year’s conference will be based out of Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center and the date is set for August 5-7th, 2016. Please join us! Mothapalooza is a celebration of the rich and stunningly beautiful world of moths. Their much better known diurnal counterparts the butterflies are dwarfed by the diversity of moths. Fewer than 140 butterfly species have been recorded in Ohio; there are an estimated 3,000 species of moths. We know from the previous three Mothapaloozas that participants can expect to see a blizzard of moths, numbering into hundreds of species. The weekend program features an interesting range of talks by leading experts, workshops and field trips to experience moths and other elements of natural history firsthand. Registration opens in March.

PENNSYLVANIA
August 19
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve: Bat Chat, New Hope
Bats are incredible creatures- they are excellent parents, are insect-eating machines and have valuable roles in our ecosystem. Join Matthew Wund, PhD., and discover the species that call PA home, the challenges they face and the important services they provide. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor bat hike where participants will get to use bat detectors to listen to echolocation calls, and visit a mist net so they can see bats up close. Fee.

MARYLAND
August 27
Irvine Nature Center Native Plant Seminar & Sale, Owings Mill
It’s perfect for homeowners, garden club enthusiasts, Native Plant Society members, nursery/landscape professionals, land managers and environmental educators. Four post-seminar workshops will be offered in the afternoon. This seminar provides a great opportunity to increase your knowledge about native vegetation, sustainable practices and the conservation of our regional landscapes.

MARYLAND
August 28, September 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24, October 1, 9, 16
Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery, Baltimore
We are open for retail customers! Herring Run Nursery is operated by Blue Water Baltimore as a non-profit native plant nursery, offering more than 250 native species of trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, and plants to both retail and professional customers. We strive to offer native plants which are beautiful, durable, high in wildlife value, and appropriate for Baltimore area landscapes.

september

Fall is the best time to plant!

MARYLAND
September 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24, October 1, 9, 16
Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery, Baltimore
We are open for retail customers! Herring Run Nursery is operated by Blue Water Baltimore as a non-profit native plant nursery, offering more than 250 native species of trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, and plants to both retail and professional customers. We strive to offer native plants which are beautiful, durable, high in wildlife value, and appropriate for Baltimore area landscapes.

MARYLAND
September 10
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Fall Native Plant Sale, Leesburg
Each patch of habitat in a native plant garden becomes a collective effort to nurture and sustain the landscape for birds, butterflies, bees and other animals. Restoring native habitat is essential to preserve biodiversity. A Fall planting of natives generally outperforms those installed in the Spring. Root growth in the Fall, when soils are warmer and more aerated, is more extensive, compared to Spring when there is rapid top growth.

MARYLAND
September 10
Adkins Arboretum Native Plant Nursery Open House, Ridgely
Fall is the best time to plant! The Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery offers the Chesapeake region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses.

PENNSYLVANIA
September 10
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents Magnificent Monarchs, New Hope
America’s best-loved butterfly is in serious trouble and needs our help. Diane Cameron will share her knowledge about the amazing migration of the Monarch butterfly, its life-cycle, why it is in decline, and what you can do to help. Head out into our meadow to look at the monarch host plant, milkweed; and search for eggs, caterpillars, and adult butterflies. Diane will also discuss and demonstrate Monarch Watch butterfly tagging, which helps track the butterflies through their migration. For ages 5 and up. Fee.

VIRGINIA
September 10
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Fall Native Plant Sale, Leesburg
Fall is the best time to plant native perennials. Their root systems will have a stronger start and more vigorous growth than the perennials you plant in the spring. Beautiful fall blooming flowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ferns will all be available at the semi-annual Native Plant Sale held at Morven Park.

PENNSYLVANIA
September 17
Hawk Mountain Native Garden & Plant Sales, Kempton
One of the biggest and best sales in the area! Natives use less water, require less work, provide year-round interest AND benefit wildlife. Receive expert advice, free native gardening information, and browse a wide array of native vines, ferns, shrubs, trees, flowers, and grasses at this annual event. Always held the third weekend in September.

PENNSYLVANIA
September 17
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents Knowing Native Plants: Amazing Asters, New Hope
Fall is peak bloom time for members of the Aster family.  Explore our woods and meadows with Naturalist Mary Anne Borge to discover asters, goldenrods, bonesets, coneflowers, tickseeds, and other yellow composites.  We’ll look for signs of the relationships these plants have with the insects, birds, and other animals that depend on them.  Presentation/discussion followed by an outdoor tour. Fee.

VIRGINIA
September 17
Long Branch Fall Plant Sale, Arlington
We are doing a fall pre-order for the first time this year. We’re also able to offer some small trees and shrubs this year but only through the pre-order! If you’d like to check out the form you can pick it up from Long Branch or you can view it online. If you would like to order plants you can mail in your form to Long Branch Nature Center or order online as well.

VIRGINIA
September 17-18, 24-25 (Member preview: September 15)
Virginia Living Museum Fall Native Plant Sale, Newport News
Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden. Fall is the best time of year to do the majority of your heavy gardening.

VIRGINIA
September 18
Wildlife Rescue League’s First Annual WALK FOR WILDLIFE, Reston
Bring your friends and family to enjoy the beauty of nature and to support Virginia’s Native Wildlife! Wildlife Rescue League is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with the intent of releasing them back into their native habitat. Our licensed rehabilitators, located throughout the Northern Virginia and surrounding areas, work with a network of volunteers, wildlife centers, animal shelters, humane societies, nature centers and veterinary hospitals to provide life-saving work for wildlife in need.

VIRGINIA
September 20 through October 25
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Landscape for Life, Ashburn
Landscape for Life — Tuesdays, September 20 through October 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr., Ashburn. Learn how your garden can have a positive impact on the environment in this six-session course developed by the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden. You will learn how to transform your home and public places into healthy habitats that benefit wildlife, the community and the Chesapeake Bay. Cost $60. To register, go to lflclass.wordpress.com. Questions: Contact landscapeforlifeclass@gmail.com

VIRGINIA
September 24
Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale, Alexandria
Come find native perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun or shade.  A dozen or more vendors from 4 states (VA, MD, PA, & WV) will be hosted at this event, the largest native plant sale in the D.C. metro region. This native plant sale is held twice a year.  The spring sale is the last Saturday in April.  The fall sale is the last Saturday in September.

october

MARYLAND
October 1, 9, 16
Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery, Baltimore
We are open for retail customers! Herring Run Nursery is operated by Blue Water Baltimore as a non-profit native plant nursery, offering more than 250 native species of trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, and plants to both retail and professional customers. We strive to offer native plants which are beautiful, durable, high in wildlife value, and appropriate for Baltimore area landscapes.

VIRGINIA
October 2
Earth Sangha Fall Open House & Native Plant Sale, Springfield
The Fall is really the best time to get plants and to visit our nursery. In the Spring, our plants are still emerging from winter dormancy, and so we cannot offer as many species. The Fall, as experience gardeners know, is also the best time to plant. Trees, shrubs, and perennials like the cooler weather and greater rainfall lets them establish robust roots. Late blooming annuals can make great additions to your garden, and many will “volunteer” from seed next year. Click here for our Wild Plant Nursery Species List. (More species to be added soon!) All plant sale proceeds go towards local parkland restoration. So please come join us on Sunday, October 2nd and choose from over 250 local-ecotype native plants, meet some of our local partners in environmental conservation, and help us fund the restoration of our area’s native flora.

DELAWARE
October 4, 11 & 18
Delaware Nature Society Habitat Steward Training, Hockessin
This fun, three-day training will focus on wildlife habitat creation in the residential garden and will include site analysis, native plant selection, designing with plants, sustainable gardening practices and other topics. Students each receive a Habitat Steward resource notebook. Habitat Steward training is offered through a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation and the Delaware Nature Society, a state affiliate. For more information contact Lori Athey at loria@delnature.org. Fee.

PENNSYLVANIA
October 14 & 15
Go Native Tree Farm End of Season Sale, Lancaster
Go Native Tree Farm is offering an end of season sale at our nursery. 10% off of all orders. Check it out!

PENNSYLVANIA
October 15
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents Knowing Native Plants: Trees of the Preserve, New Hope
Learn about many of our native tree species in the glory of their fall color! Do you know which native tree was originally used to flavor root beer? Or why leaves change color? The class will cover these topics and more, as well as provide tips on how to identify the trees of the Preserve, both deciduous and evergreen. Presentation/discussion followed by outdoor tour. Fee.

VIRGINIA
October 15
Garden Symposium 2016: Beauty in Sustainability, Green Spring Gardens Park, Alexandria
You understand the importance of taking care of the environment, but don’t want to sacrifice a beautiful garden. In this double header program, learn how to plan and plant a home garden that is a source for beauty, labor savings and environmental change. Get to know lovely native alternatives to some common exotic plants. These natives will not only provide lasting beauty to your garden, but also benefit native wildlife. Rethink some traditional, labor intensive gardening practices that are at odds with nature’s rhythms. Virginia Native Plant Society’s Laura Beaty and renowned landscape designer Larry Weaner show you how to create stunning gardens that are easier to maintain by echoing the ecological processes in nature. Following the symposium, Larry will sign his new book, Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change. For more information about the presentations and bios of the speakers, see the flyer.  Register online or call 703-642-5173. Fee.

VIRGINIA
October 15
Piedmont Environmental Council’s Sustainable Landscaping Workshop and Native Plant Sale, Warrenton
Fall is almost here, which is a great time to plant many native perennials and shrubs that can provide a sanctuary for wildlife. Learn how to create better habitat for native birds, butterflies and other pollinators at our 4th annual Sustainable Landscaping Workshop in Fauquier. Experts from Fauquier Master Gardeners, Virginia Department of Forestry, Prince William Conservation Alliance, and Hill House Farm and Native Plant Nursery will share information about yard care practices, suburban tree care and maintenance, use of native plants, and other landscaping practices that benefit wildlife and the environment. Discover the benefits of changing the way your care for your property – for both you and the surrounding environment! This event is free, but registration is required.

november

New York
November 2
Cornell Plantations presents: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS, a Doug Tallamy lecture, Ithaca
Landscaping in our crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore. Many bird populations in the U.S. are in steep decline, in part because our gardens and managed landscapes occupy more space than natural areas, and we have not designed them with birds in mind. To save our feathered friends, we cannot view plants simply as ornaments, but must consider all of their roles when selecting them for our landscapes. Doug Tallamy, the author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, will discuss what birds need from our landscapes to breed successfully, and the important roles native plants play in maintaining food webs vital to birds’ survival. His talk will emphasize the benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so.

december