2018 Native Plant Sales & Events

2018 MID-ATLANTIC NATIVE PLANT SALES & EVENTS (Scroll down for specific dates.)

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


MARYLAND: 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.

NEW JERSEY: The South Jersey Landscape Makeover Program is a unique program to provide homeowners, municipalities, and farmers with expert advice and financial assistance to create rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” projects that capture polluted stormwater and prevent it from entering our lakes, rivers, and bays. We’ll host a series of rain garden design workshops and offer free technical advice and funding for homeowners and municipalitiesFarm owners will also be eligible for grants to implement stormwater best management practices. This program is for select municipalities in the Rancocas River, Hammonton, Salem, and Maurice-Cohansey River watersheds, but there may be opportunities in other municipalities depending on the project and location.

NEW JERSEY: 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.

PENNSYLVANIAPennsylvania 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.

VIRGINIA: This year’s Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District’s Native Seedling Sale features shrubs and trees that are tolerant of deer browse. While no plant is completely deer-proof, these species are less susceptible. They help clean our water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty and resilience to your landscape. Enjoy! Orders open February 1 for the Native Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale. Order early for pickup in April. Online orders close April 11 or when supplies run out.

WEST VIRGINIA: 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.) To place your order, visit wvcommerce.org/ClementsNurseryStore.

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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


January 6
Friends of Mason Neck State Park Tundra Swan Hike, Lorton
Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park for a walk to the see the Tundra Swans! Each year, the Mason Neck area is host to one of Northern Virginia’s largest concentrations of Tundra Swans. Depending on the day, you may see between 200 and 400 swans and hear their haunting calls. You may also see other waterfowl, including Northern Pintails, American coots, Black Ducks and Mallards — and who knows what else?

January 11
Virginia Native Plant Society: Native Plant Interactions Above and Below Ground, Alexandria
Please join us for a talk by Charles Smith, to kick off our lecture series again this year. The interactions and relationships in plant communities form the visible framework of our living world. What we often don’t see are the many other organisms interacting with plants, such as insect larvae, lesser known pollinators and bacterial and fungal allies. These relationships are interconnected and we are only beginning to understand them. VNPS programs are free and open to the public.

January 13
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy presents Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, Leesburg
Book signing, refreshments and viewing of live owls followed by program at 7:00 p.m. Save the date and join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a celebration of owls to kick off 2018! As the main feature of this celebration, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick will present his new program featuring video, sound and stories from the field as he teaches us about all 19 species of North American owls and the habitats they need to thrive. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of a year and in their distinct habitats. Audiences will witness the four seasons on territory, as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and finally, winter’s migration and competition for food. His program shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to face those challenges. Paul’s book Owl is a stunning follow-up to his bestselling title, The Owl and the Woodpecker, giving bird and nature lovers alike yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history, and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds. Watch our website and email announcements for more details on this celebration! Registration required.

January 15
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’s personally rewarding.

January 26 – 28
Winter Wildlife Festival, Virginia Beach
This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings. Registration now open.

January 28
Adkins Arboretum presents Native Bees, Ridgely
Join Master Naturalist Jay Falstad to learn about native bees, the wonders of pollination, and how the crucial relationship between bees and plants keeps our planet thriving. Participants will also work on a bee hotel and learn ways to preserve and create pollinator habitat.

January 28
Green Spring Gardens’ Winter Lecture Series: The Humane Gardener, Alexandria
In her eloquent plea for compassion and respect toward all species, author Nancy Lawson describes why and how you should welcome wildlife to your backyard. She discusses planting for wildlife, providing habitats that shelter baby animals, creating gardens free of poisons and hazards, cohabiting with pests, letting nature be your garden designer, and welcoming natural processes and seasonal changes.


February 1
Ecological Landscape Alliance presents Landscaping Maintenance Practices for Native Bees with Sam Droege
Landscaping can be a powerful tool to help our pollinators. Equally important to creating pollinator habitat is the maintenance that follows. Pollinator habitats require a maintenance approach that may differ from conventional landscape efforts. Maintenance practices should be carefully considered in order to support the needs of the pollinators. To avoid potential conflicts between the needs of the pollinators and conventional aesthetic, education is key to setting expectations. For example, plants in a garden or habitat designed to promote pollinator health and food for caterpillars and other larvae are expected (and encouraged) to tolerate insect damage to plant leaves. In this webinar, Sam Droege will discuss pollinator-friendly maintenance strategies including proper timing for garden clean-up, cut-backs, and pruning, protecting pollinator habitats from disturbances and stressors such as pesticide use, establishing appropriate mowing practices, and more.

February 11
Montgomery County Parks Waterfowl Festival, Boyds
Bring the whole family for a day filled with activities, crafts, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home during the winter. Try your hand at carving a decoy. Learn about wood duck nest box Citizen Science initiatives. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans, and maybe even the Black Hill bald eagles! No registration required for this free event.

February 23
Montgomery County Parks Green Matters Symposium: Restoring & Renewing Our Urban Landscapes, Silver Spring
How can we design our landscapes in ways that prevent harm to existing ecosystems AND regenerate the environment? We live in an age when the most effective progress on protecting the environment will likely occur at the local level. Join a broad spectrum of actors from home gardeners to professionals in the horticulture and landscape architecture industries to learn how we can be proactive stewards of our own piece of the pie.

February 24
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy presents My Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, Leesburg
Entomologist Arthur V. Evans is an author, educator, lecturer, photographer, and radio broadcaster who has had a long fascination with beetles. My Inordinate Fondness for Beetles is a colorful and engaging overview of Art’s early entomological influences, his long-standing fascination with beetles, and the making of his book Beetles of Eastern North America. The program will also offer a sneak peek at Art’s next two books, Beetles of Western North America and Arizona Beetles, accompanied by a colorful potpourri of his recent photographs of insects and other arthropods. This is a family-friendly event sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, and children ages 6 and older are encouraged to attend.

February 24
Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program’s 14th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference, Culpeper
Over 1,300 Virginia woodland owners have attended this annual conference. A variety of break-out sessions are offered to appeal to both new and experienced owners, as well as owners of both small and large woodlots. In addition, representatives from Virginia’s natural resource agencies are available to inform participants of the services available to them. A variety of interesting topics are offered.


March 2 & 3
10th Annual Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium, Ithaca
The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium educates professionals from various fields, as well as enthusiastic homeowners and gardeners, about native plants in the wild, and their role in sustainable landscapes. While there is a growing movement to embrace sustainable landscapes worldwide, the appropriate use of native plants in these landscapes often remains tangential, as knowledge of native plants is often inadequate. Similar long-established symposiums in other regions of the US have successfully raised awareness of native plants, and increased the confidence of an entire region of professionals and enthusiasts in their use of these plants. The Symposium is for landscape architects, designers, educators, Master Gardeners, government employees, homeowners, gardeners, naturalists and anyone else eager to learn more about this growing movement.

March 10
Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 29th Annual Pinelands Short Course, Galloway
A day long event featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology, and culture of the Pinelands. Held at Stockton University’s Galloway campus. Fee.

March 10
Loudoun County Master Gardeners present the 9th Annual Gardening Symposium, Leesburg — STAY TUNED!
The 9th Annual Gardening Symposium features noted speakers, knowledgeable practitioners, plant sellers and vendors of gardening related items. The Symposium is a good way to get motivated and jump into the spring gardening season with new information and refreshed enthusiasm. Renown entomologist Doug Tallamy is one of the featured speakers.

March 15
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 18th Annual Land Ethics Symposium: Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping, Doylestown
Each year, this informative conference focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes using native plants and restoration techniques. Participants 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.

March 16
7th Annual Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium 2018: A Gardener’s Palette, Waynesboro
Join us as we present A Gardener’s Palette. We’ll dip your brush in a variety of topics: permaculture, food, art, natives, and new selections. The event offers something for everyone from novice home gardener to experienced horticulturist. In the end, we’ll have a canvas filled with colors and perspectives to consider and put in practice. Featuring nationally renowned speakers, including Larry Weaner and Claudia West.

March 17
Master Gardener Education Day, Amherst –STAY TUNED!
Dr. Doug Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. 

March 22
Lancaster County Conservancy presents Doug Tallamy, Doylestown –STAY TUNED!
The Lancaster County Conservancy, Harvey’s Gardens, and our community partners are excited to offer our members and friends this opportunity to join us for an exciting lecture featuring University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, author of the book Bringing Nature Home and coauthor of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.

March 24
32st Annual Lahr Symposium & Native Plant Sale 2018, Washington DC –STAY TUNED!
The U.S. National Arboretum hosts a full day of presentations and discussions. Registration will become available in February 2018.


April 7
Delaware Nature Society’s Copeland Native Plant Seminar: Sustainable Gardens, Hockessin
Join nationally recognized landscape designer Heather Holm and garden writer Barbara Ellis for a morning of inspiration followed by an afternoon of garden tours and a container garden craft.

April 7
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Spring Native Plant Sale, Leesburg
Native plants add beauty and interest to your garden year-round and provide important habitat for wildlife. Flowers, shrubs, trees, vines, and ferns will be available for purchase from a trio of Virginia-based vendors: Watermark Woods Nursery in Hamilton; Hill House Farm and Nursery in Castleton; and Nature by Design in Alexandria. The sale, sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, is staffed by volunteers who have knowledge of native plants. Other community groups will also participate, sharing information on how to support local wildlife.

April 9
Prince William Conservation Alliance: Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
Please join us to welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and meet local organizations and people who are working to improve our community. With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, we’re looking forward to a special day at an outstanding natural area.

April 19 (Member Preview), 21 & 22
Virginia Living Museum Spring Native Plant Sale (1st of 2 weekends), 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.  These VLM nursery propagated plants include excellent options for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife to your yard.  VLM horticulture staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants, and help with any particular gardening situations.  Sale held rain or shine.

April 20 & April 21
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!

April 21
Howard County GreenFest 2018, Columbia –STAY TUNED!
Save the Date! Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Howard Community College.

April 21
Virginia Living Museum: Earth Day Celebration, Newport News
Celebrate Earth Day at the VLM!  Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn more about protecting our environment and taking conservation measures.  Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares.  There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, thousands of native plants for sale, and special animal shows.  Don’t forget to bring your batteries, cell phones, and old sneakers for recycling! Cost: Included in Museum admission.

April 22
It’s Earth Day! This year’s campaign is to End Plastic Pollution.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 26 – April 29 (Members Only: April 26)
Montgomery Parks Black Hill Nature Center Program’s Annual Native Plant Sale, Boyds
The Friends of Black Hill Nature Program Invites you to our 2018 Native Plant Sale. Many of the plants on sale have been cultivated locally and most are important food and shelter sources for Maryland butterflies, birds, and an array of other wildlife. All proceeds go to support nature programming at Black Hill Visitors Center.

April 27 – 29
Adkins Arboretum’s 2018 Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, Ridgely
Prepare for spring in the garden! Shop the region’s largest selection of landscape-ready native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for spring planting. Guided walks, discount for members. Sale days are crowded; please leave dogs at home. Look for news about presale ordering in March.

April 28
Audubon Society of Central Maryland Native Plant Sale, Mount Airy — STAY TUNED!
In April of each year, the ASCM holds a Native Plant Sale, with 2018 marking our 20th 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. The sale is always held on the last Saturday in April, so be sure to save the date.

April 28
Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival, Lancaster — STAY TUNED!
Located in Manheim Township’s Overlook Park.

April 28
Manada Conservancy’s 18th Annual Spring Native Plant Sale, Hummelstown — STAY TUNED!
Think spring! And mark your new 2018 calendar for Manada’s 18th Annual Spring Native Plant Sale held Saturday, April 28, at Boro Park in Hummelstown. Rain or Shine. 10am to 3pm (members only from 8am to 10am). Manada members enjoy a 10% discount on plant purchases from Manada Conservancy. Stay tuned for more sale details!

April 28
Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale 2017, Alexandria — STAY TUNED!
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.

April 28 & 29
Virginia Living Museum Spring Native Plant Sale (2nd of 2 weekends), 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.  These VLM nursery propagated plants include excellent options for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife to your yard.  VLM horticulture staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants, and help with any particular gardening situations.  Sale held rain or shine.


May 3 – 4 (Member Days), May 5 – 6
Delaware Nature Society’s 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.


June 18 – 24
It’s Pollinator Week!
Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.






Fall is the best time to plant!