2020 Native Plant Sales & Events

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


EVERYWHERE: Look for your county’s upcoming spring native shrub and tree seedling sales. These young plants are offered to homeowners at an irresistible price.

MARYLAND: Marylanders Plant Trees was launched in 2009 to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees. Today, citizens can still take advantage of our coupon program to receive $25 off the purchase of a native tree at 86 participating nurseries across the State.

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 municipalities. Farm 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.

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania 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: Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s Native Seedling Sale. This year’s seedling sale features small shrubs and trees which are hardy in small spaces and bear gorgeous flowers and fruits, and display beautiful colors. The fruits and flowers that these plants grow are important food sources to birds and pollinators, and are delicious treats for us! By planting these native species, you are directly contributing to the betterment of our environment. The plants in each package clean our water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty to your property. Orders for 2020 seedling packages opens February 4th.

VIRGINIA: STAY TUNEDTri-County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Tree Seedling and Rain Barrel Sale. Sale runs through April 10th, with limited stock.

VIRGINIA: Potowmac Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society First Wednesday Plant SalesPlant Sales are held on the First Wednesday of the month (June through October) at our propagation beds across the driveway behind the Horticulture Center at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. Our knowledgeable Propagation Bed Volunteers are looking forward to visiting with you and helping you select the right plants for your environment.

VIRGINIA: Grants and Discounts: list courtesy Plant NOVA Natives.

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

January 1
Friends of Mason Neck State Park: Tundra Swan Walk, Lorton
Have you ever seen Tundra Swans, those amazing birds that migrate thousands of miles from the Arctic to spend the winter in our region?  Their haunting calls are nearly impossible to forget! You’ve got a great opportunity to see the Tundra Swans at 12:15 pm on January 1, when the Friends of Mason Neck State Park will lead a guided walk to see them. We’ll start from the Woodmarsh Trail parking lot, on the left side of High Point Road a short distance BEFORE you get to the Park’s Contact Station. We’ll walk about a mile over fairly level ground to the viewing area. You’ll likely hear the birds before you see them. We’ll have binoculars and telescopes so you can view the swans and other water birds and we’ll also help you identify them. There’s no charge for this event, which is open to everyone. Come out and enjoy the first day of 2020 with the Friends! The trails can be a little muddy, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots. Mason Neck State Park is also offering guided First Day Hikes in the park on January 1. You can see their schedule of hikes at Mason Neck State Park First Day Hikes.

January 9
Morris Arboretum Landscape Design Symposium 2020, Bryn Mawr
THE CULTURE – ECOLOGY BOND:  Perspectives for Landscape Design. Culture and ecology exist in a dynamic relationship: culture shapes ecology and vice versa. Our 2020 conference will explore this feedback loop as it pertains to landscape design and management. From historical as well as contemporary perspectives, our presenters will consider the complex, sometimes overlooked ways in which culture and ecology interact and what this means for how ecology-based design can be most effective.

January 18
Mt. Cuba Center presents: Edible Native Plants for Every Garden, Hockessin
Thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, there’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers, and municipal governments to include more native plants in their landscapes. Not only do native species attract and support beneficial insects, some species are edible by people too! Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, as he extols the comestible virtues of native edible plants. Learn basic identification tips, season(s) of availability, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. Enjoy samples of goodies made from wild-collected native edibles after the presentation. Copies of Russ’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

January 19
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy presents: Adventures with Raptors, Brambleton
Join raptor rehabilitator Liz Dennison and Belinda Burwell of Wildlife Veterinary Care in Boyce for an informative Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy program about raptors and their place in our natural world. The program will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to personally visit, interact with, and take photos with their ambassador birds. All are welcome.

January 20
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 fellow human beings and the environment. Plus it’s personally rewarding.

January 24 – 26
Winter Wildlife Festival, Virginia Beach
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 opens November 15th, 2019.

January 28
University of Delaware presents: Let’s Talk About Birds & Bees: The Bees, Newark
Recent headlines and studies of global insect declines, 1 million species threatened with extinction, and 3 billion fewer North American birds leave many people concerned. Let’s explore what WE can do in our own backyards to make a positive difference. The Bees featuring Dr. Debbie Delaney will give us the ABC’s of the cause of the decline, its repercussions, and landscape plants and practices we can employ to make a positive impact.

January 29 – 30
2020 Delaware Wetlands Conference, Wilmington
Join us on January 29th and 30th, 2020 as more than 320 wetland enthusiasts, experts and students from the Mid-Atlantic region gather in Wilmington, Delaware to attend the 9th biennial 2020 Delaware Wetlands Conference.  Participants will share the latest in wetland research, innovations to outreach and education, and the progress of conservation programs.  Ample opportunities will also be provided to network and make new connections.

February 1
World Wetlands Day Festival, Abingdon
Celebrate World Wetlands Day inside at the Estuary Center! There will be food and fun activities for all ages. A special guest appearance – Wetland Deli – Music, games and a scavenger hunt – Exhibitors – Live animal demonstrations – and more! Visit www.ramsar.org for additional activities and information for World Wetlands Day.

February 4
Delaware Nature Center presents Dr. Doug Tallamy: Nature’s Best Hope, Hockessin
Doug Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book, Dr. Doug Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Through his lecture, walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations.

February 8
Stop Mowing, Start Growing: Native Plants for Beginners, Woodbridge
Whether you are new native plants and what they can do for your property or looking for alternative landscaping ideas this event is for you! Native plants can: create a beautiful yard; save time so you can enjoy other activities; create habitat for birds & pollinators; save money on fertilizer & pesticides; improve water quality; curb erosion. Let us help you to stop mowing and get going on your dream landscape!

February 11
University of Delaware presents: Let’s Talk About Birds & Bees: The Birds, Newark
Recent headlines and studies of global insect declines, 1 million species threatened with extinction, and 3 billion fewer North American birds leave many people concerned. Let’s explore what WE can do in our own backyards to make a positive difference. Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for 36 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.

February 12 – 14
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Winter Symposium: Uncertain Times, Reliable Gardens, Richmond
Join seasoned gardeners and green industry professionals to explore how concepts of beauty and order are changing based on deep research into how plants behave and how they are reacting to climate change. The importance of native plants and an understanding of plant communities help designers and gardeners create more resilient gardens and contribute to the health of the biosphere in the face of climate change. Registration now open.

February 15
Virginia Tech presents Woods & Wildlife Conference, Roanoke
Over 10 million acres of Virginia’s woods are privately owned.  The Woods & Wildlife Conferences provide information, tools, and personal contacts to help private woodland owners keep their woods, and the wildlife that live in them, healthy and productive. A variety of topics are offered to appeal to owners of both small and large tracts, and both new and experienced owners.  These day-long conferences are held in February. To date, over 2,000 woodland owners have attended a Woods & Wildlife Conference. 

February 21
Montgomery County Parks presents Green Matters Symposium: Practical Solutions For Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes,  Silver Spring
This symposium will offer practical solutions to help shift the focus of gardening and landscape design away from merely aesthetics and towards creating and managing sustainable landscapes. Industry experts will explore how native plants can be incorporated into our landscapes while realizing the ecological benefits through plant community-based design strategies. Attendees will learn ecological gardening and maintenance practices that lead to a “greener” and more resilient garden. Case studies will shed light on how to minimize the environmental impact of humanmade landscapes ranging from home gardens to commercial projects.

February 22
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy’s Leap Into Action: 9th Annual Conference,  Millersville
We are excited to announce Doug Tallamy as the featured speaker for our annual conference! Doug is a professor at the University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape. Doug’s extensive knowledge in sustaining biodiversity by selecting native plants and the increasing importance to preserve our land will surely encourage you to take action! Whether you’re a seasoned Steward, a stormwater professional, or just getting started in the wide world of watershed restoration, this year’s conference has something for everyone.

February 23
Virginia Native Plant Society’s February Author Lecture: Dr. Doug Tallamy, Manassas
February’s Author Lecture this year will be given by renowned entomologist and ecologist Doug Tallamy. Dr. Tallamy will have his new book available for signing, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard.  (Timber Press, Available February 4, 2020). This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an inspiring message and learn how you can help biodiversity on your own property.

February 29
Virginia Tech presents Woods & Wildlife Conference, Roanoke
Over 10 million acres of Virginia’s woods are privately owned.  The Woods & Wildlife Conferences provide information, tools, and personal contacts to help private woodland owners keep their woods, and the wildlife that live in them, healthy and productive. A variety of topics are offered to appeal to owners of both small and large tracts, and both new and experienced owners.  These day-long conferences are held in February. To date, over 2,000 woodland owners have attended a Woods & Wildlife Conference. 

March 4 – 5
Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2020, Amherst
Attend ELA’s 26th Conference & Eco-Marketplace to reenergize your practice and prepare for spring! Network with other professionals and enjoy this year’s inspiring presentations full of information you can apply in practice. ELA offers two full days of research and field-tested expertise as well as innovative case studies on a wide variety of topics.

March 5
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia: Winter Birds with Larry Meade, Reston
Many of our winter birds, such as waterfowl and sparrows, are still around, but they are joined by early migrants returning to breeding territories. In this workshop, we will discuss birds that occur here at this time of year, with a special focus on species that are migrating into our region and their arrival dates. An ancillary field trip offers a chance to encounter many of these birds in their natural settings. Larry Meade, ASNV Education Committee and President of Northern Virginia Bird Club, will lead.

March 12
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 20th 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 13 – 14
12th Annual Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium, Ithaca
There is a global movement to embrace sustainable landscapes. However, the appropriate use of native plants in these landscapes often remains tangential because 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. Our goal is to do the same for Upstate New York. 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 14
Mt.Cuba Center presents The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitats for Wildlife, Hockessin
Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why do we welcome some larger animals to our garden while calling others “nuisances”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, Nancy Lawson discusses how common gardening methods perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting nesting sites, eliminating unintended hazards, identifying and nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.

March 14
Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 31st 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.

March 14
Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group: March into Spring XXIV, Media
This year our theme gives a wink to Jane Austen, an icon of 18th century literature, because our symposium is featuring four renowned contemporary authors who are launching their new books. Expect a wide-ranging and informative day covering the latest news on plants, design, and science. You’ll be engaged and energized by intriguing new ideas from our speakers, fine plants offered for sale by local growers, irresistible goodies at an enticing silent auction, and new friends you’ll make among the kindred spirits attending from the tri-state area. The day begins with Ken Druse and a focus on scent in our gardens, while we savor his exquisite garden photos and plant scans by Ellen Hoverkamp. That idyll will be followed by Tom Christopher sharing the inspiration behind a wonderful public garden, Wave Hill, on the Hudson. In the afternoon, Kim Eierman will encourage us further with planting ideas to nurture pollinators from early spring through late fall. Doug Tallamy will share his latest research into the complex web woven among plants, insects and other fauna and ourselves.

March 21 — Registration opens Feb 1
Loudoun County Master Gardeners: Let’s Get Growing Annual Gardening Symposium, Leesburg
2020 Speakers include Ginger Woolrich – a trained landscape architect and garden consultant, Woolridge is co-author with Tony Dove of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape; Ira Wallace –a seed saver, an educator, and the essential intellectual and physical energy behind Southern Exposure Seed Exchange—one of the country’s best known and most respected sources for heirloom and open-pollinated seeds organic seeds; Sam Droege –wildlife biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, part of the US Geological Survey. He is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects; Dennis Dimick –retired journalist and photography editor with the National Geographic.

March 26
York College of Pennsylvania presents: Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World, York
Dr. Doug Tallamy will describe simple changes to our landscape and our attitudes to support the insects that play an essential role in our lives. This event is free and open to the public.

March 28 — STAY TUNED!
34rd Annual Lahr Symposium & Native Plant Sale 2020, Washington DC
More information coming soon.

April 24 – 26
Adkins Arboretum’s 2020 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. Check back in March for information on placing presale orders.

April 25
Audubon Society of Central Maryland Native Plant Sale, Mount Airy
In April of each year, the ASCM holds a Native Plant Sale. Over these years, the Native Plant Sale has continued to grow in scope and popularity, becoming a “Don’t Miss It” event among area gardeners for the 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. Profits from our Native Plant Sale help to provide the critical funding needed for our ongoing programs of environmental education and habitat preservation in our local area. We truly appreciate your support!

April 24 (members only) & 25
Pinelands Preservation Alliance Spring 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 30 (Member Day), May 1 – 2
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.

April 30 (Member Day), May 1 – 2
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.

May 2
PA Native Plant Society’s 2020 Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival, Boalsburg
Native plants for sale, educational talks, hikes, food and many resource tables are at this year’s festival. New this year: music by the Crooked Line acoustical bluegrass band.

May 3
Howard County, Robinson Nature Center Native Plant Palooza, Columbia
Come shop our 7th annual native plant sale! By planting native and properly caring for your plants, you can save on the cost of water, fertilizer and pesticides while providing a habitat for butterflies, insects and other local wildlife. During the Native Plant Palooza, you can purchase native plants from a host of local vendors with a portion of proceeds from the sale benefiting the Nature Center. Learn how to create and maintain compost (Howard County residents are eligible to receive a free compost bin), discover how plantings can effect water quality and “Ask a Master Gardener” about plants or issues you are encountering in your yard and garden.

May 9
Maryland Native Plant Society: Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival, Garrett County
Discover the important connection between native plants, people, and wildlife at the 7th annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival! A large variety of plants native to the mid-Atlantic for sale all day! Scheduled programs & activities highlight native plants & biodiversity! Local experts answer questions on native plants & other conservation topics!

May 16 — STAY TUNED!
The Foundation of Sustainable Forests: 9th Annual Field Conference: Loving the Land Through Working Forests, Centreville
A spotlight on Keynote Presenter Doug Tallamy‘s presentation, “Nature’s Best Hope”: Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

July 19 – 22
Hog Island Audubon Camp: Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats, Bremen
Learn how to attract birds to properties large and small – A special 3-night/4-day program. Discover how to make your property irresistible to birds and pollinators! This three-day session focuses on enhancing wildlife habitat on properties large and small. Presentations by entomology professor Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will emphasize restoring natural relationships between native plants and insects, and offer tips for attracting insects that in turn attract birds. Dr. Tallamy’s entomology perspective will complement bird perspectives from Audubon’s Dr. Stephen Kress, author of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds who will discuss the co-evolution of native plants and native birds, and provide tips for creating bird-friendly habitats that mimic native plant communities, without using harmful pesticides.