2019 Native Plant Sales & Events

 2019 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.

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

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.

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.

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 shrubs and trees that serve as valuable food sources for wildlife and delicious treats for us! The district’s annual seedling sale makes low-cost bare-root native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages are announced in January, go on sale in February and are available for pickup in April. 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!

VIRGINIA: Culpepper Soil and Water Conservation District’s Tree Seedling & Rain Barrel SaleTrees benefit us and our environment by controlling erosion, reducing toxins, converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, and enhancing wildlife habitat. Proceeds are used for CSWCD conservation education programs.

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

VIRGINIA: Grants and Discounts list courtesy Plant NOVA Natives.

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.

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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

JANUARY

VIRGINIA
January 1
Friends of Mason Neck State Park Tundra Swan Hike, Lorton
Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park on a walk to 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 as many as 400 swans and hear their haunting calls. You may also see other waterfowl, including Pintails, Mergansers, Shovelers, Coots, Black Ducks and Mallards — and who knows what else? Bring your binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have binoculars and telescopes for people to share.

VIRGINIA
January 5
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Winter Waterfowl Walk, Sterling
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for an opportunity to witness waterfowl in winter, identify species, and discuss habits and habitats. The group will meet at the Sanctuary Trail in Algonkian Park. Registration required.

PENNSYLVANIA
January 10 – 11
Morris Arboretum New Directions in the American Landscape Symposium, Blue Bell
Ecology Based Landscape Design: What Comes Next? When NDAL’s first symposium took place in 1990, native plants were largely an afterthought in the landscape professions. The changes since then have been astounding, and NDAL is proud to have played a part. While “ecology into design” has and will remain NDAL’s focus, we have increasingly understood that a “real world ecology” must always consider the influences of people past and present. Our 30th anniversary program will illustrate how an expanded definition of “ecological design”—including contributions from garden history, agroecology, anthropology, social justice, art, and of course the ecological sciences—can yield environmentally sound, yet culturally connected landscapes.

VIRGINIA
January 10
Virginia Native Plant Society: How Plants Move, Alexandria
Please join us for a talk by Charles Smith, to kick off our lecture series again this year. Charles explores the ways plants disperse across land and water and discusses reproductive strategies, niche exploitation, plant community composition and what the future may look like considering the fragmented condition of our landscape and climate change.

MARYLAND
January 15
Watershed Stewards Academy: How to Fight Plants with Plants; Chemical-Free Methods for Removing Invasives, Millersville
Join WSA for a lecture with Nancy Lawson, author of the Human Gardener. You’ve decided to start a native plant garden for the good of the animals and the environment. Great move! But there’s just one problem: You’re staring down an expansive lawn replete with sprouting Bradford pears, Japanese stiltgrass, and other invasive species. How can you remove these plants that harm wildlife and their habitats while also nurturing valuable species that are dormant in the seedbank, just waiting to escape the mower and sprout? What methods can you use to ensure you’re not hurting local fauna in the process? Learn how to go native without the use of chemicals—and without overwhelming yourself—through innovative, humane, and sustainable planting and cultivation strategies.

DELAWARE
January 19
Mt. Cuba Lecture Series: Insects: The Little Things that Run the World
Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build beautiful landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators, and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Dr. Doug Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air, and yes, on our plants.

EVERYWHERE!
January 21
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.

VIRGINIA
January 25 – 27
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 now open.

FEBRUARY

MARYLAND
February 2
World Wetlands Day Festival, Abingdon
Celebrate World Wetlands Day inside at the Anita C. Leight 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.

VIRGINIA
February 2
Soak It Up: Stormwater Solutions for Homeowners, Annandale
This workshop will include an overview of many practices to help manage runoff on your property, including rain gardens, dry wells, conservation landscaping, and pervious pavers. Information on local incentive programs will be provided as well. Free.

VIRGINIA
February 7
Piedmont Landscape Association’s 36th Annual Seminar, Charlottesville
Charlottesville’s premiere landscape industry event of the year! Early bird rates are available only until January 11, 2019 for both members and non-members.

MARYLAND
February 9
Bird Tweets & Treats: Environmental Workshop, Havre de Grace
This February, attend a free bird workshop hosted by the Environmental Center at the HdG Maritime Museum! Bring the whole family as we make bird treats together to put in your backyard, followed by a winter bird walk (led by Prof. Colleen Webster). We anticipate chilly weather, so please remember to dress warmly!

VIRGINIA
February 16, May 11, August 10, October 12
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy: A Seasonal Garden Meadow Tour in 2019, Waterford
Loudoun Wildlife has partnered with Susan Abraham of Conservation Landscapes for a series of garden and meadow tours in Waterford, VA. Join us as we walk through each site discussing the seasonal aspects of these gardens and meadows, designed and planted with native species and conservation principles in mind. The seasonal aspect of this tour will allow you to watch the sites unfold over time, revealing the true nature of each. 

VIRGINIA
February 17
Prince William Wildflower Society: Plant Pollinators with Heather Holm, Manassas
Heather Holm is the author of two award-winning books: “Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide” and “Pollinators of Native Plants.” As she says, “With the significant amount of habitat loss, we can no longer just garden for ourselves. We have native bees, in particular bumble bees, threatened with extinction or endangered.” Come hear her presentation and learn about the importance of pollinators and their interaction with native plants. This event is free and open to the general public. 

MARYLAND
February 22
Montgomery County Parks Green Matters Symposium: Garden by Design: Creative Approaches to Diverse Landscapes, Silver Spring
Join industry experts, including Dr. Doug Tallamy, as they explore creative design solutions that address the challenges and opportunities associated with diverse landscapes. Whether you’re a home gardener interested in creating biodiverse habitats for your backyard or a landscape architect designing a public space for community gatherings, you’ll walk away with new and practical strategies.  Experts will share lessons learned from designing a range of landscapes from commercial and private residences to community engagement and public accessible projects.

VIRGINIA
February 23
Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program’s 15th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference, Culpeper & Roanoke
Over 1,500 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.

VIRGINIA
February 23
Native Plants for Beginners Symposium, Woodbridge
Stop mowing, start growing! Learn how to create a beautiful yard; save time so you can enjoy other activities; create habitat for birds and pollinators; save money on fertilizer; improve water quality; reduce erosion. Let us help you to stop mowing and get going on your dream landscape. Small fee.

MARYLAND
February 28
Howard County Conservancy presents Humane Gardening: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, Woodstock
Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk by Nancy Lawson, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures. Free.

MARCH

NEW YORK
March 1 & 2
11th 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.

MASSACHUSETTS
March 6 – 7
Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2019, Amherst
Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration? From the practical to the applicable, join us in March for the 25th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace at the UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA. Immerse yourself in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts as our speakers share their experiences and expertise. Delve into this year’s wide-ranging topics as we look at the principles and practices we need to design, build, and restore the living landscape.

NEW JERSEY
March 9
Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 30th 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.

MARYLAND
March 14
The Natural History Society of Maryland presents Snakes of Maryland – The Esssssssssentials
Have you ever found a snake and wondered what it was, what it’s doing, or whether or not you should worry? Join us for this introductory class and learn which snakes are found in Maryland, how they live their lives, and how to separate snake fact from snake fiction. We will touch on a range of topics, including snake identification, biology, and behavior. This is a perfect class for nature-lovers and beginner naturalists looking to learn more about our slithery neighbors.

PENNSYLVANIA
March 14
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.

MARYLAND
March 22
Cape Conservation Corps presents The Amazing World of Native Bees with Sam Droege, Annapolis
Please mark your calendars for this remarkable lecture and stunning slides with Sam Droege. Sam is wildlife biologist at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He will be talking to us about the importance of native bees in our ecosystem and how to identify and name these beneficial insects. The pictures contained in the slide show are truly remarkable and not to be missed. Admission is free!

VIRGINIA
March 22
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy: Wine for Wildlife, Ashburn
Join us for an evening of fun and a chance to mingle with wildlife guests in support of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Loudoun County. This fundraising event for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will be hosted by Loudoun Wildlife and Willowsford Conservancy. For the price of admission, enjoy 2 complimentary beverages, appetizers, exceptional local entertainment and wildlife ambassadors in beautiful Sycamore House at Willowsford. Wines from several local vineyards and wineries will also be available for purchase. You will also be able to participate in a silent auction that has something for everyone!

MARYLAND
March 23
Gunpower Valley Conservancy’s Bayscape & Rain Garden Design Workshop, Baltimore
Learn how to create the perfect Bay-friendly landscape for your property under the guidance of a professional landscape architect. If you are interested in designing and constructing a Rain Garden, Bayscape or Edible Bayscape, this FREE workshop is for you. In this is hands-on learning experience you will learn the principles of design and how to apply them to solving your storm water problems. GVC Edible/Bayscape architect, Patricia Ceglia, will be the workshop instructor. Topics include: analyzing your storm water issues, determining location and size, soils issues, preparing the site, selecting and installing native plants, and maintenance requirements.

VIRGINIA
March 23
Loudoun County Master Gardeners 10th Annual Gardening Symposium, Leesburg
Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners present the 10th Annual Gardening Symposium featuring noted speakers including Larry Weaner, 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.

VIRGINIA
March 30
US Fish & Wildlife Service: Patuxent Spring Wildlife FestivalLeesburg
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the spring season. The theme for our festival is Forest Friends. There will be lots of fun activities for kids including puppet shows, Nature Songs with Stina, beginner archery, Rodney’s Raptors, story time, and much much more.

WASHINGTON DC
March 30
33rd Annual Lahr Symposium & Native Plant Sale 2019, Washington DC
Native Plants: Advancing Our Dialogue with Nature. Learn to look at cues from nature, whether it is pinpointing the best grasses and sedges to control stormwater or combining native plant in ways that reduce maintenance. Hear about current field research and newly discovered native species, visit an Arboretum restoration project, discover how pesky invasives can produce alluring art, or learn about plants toughing it out in some unexpected places. Registration required.

MARYLAND
March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29
Chesapeake Natives, Inc. Plant Sales, Upper Marlboro
Our 2019 Open Greenhouse Sale Days are no advance notice needed. We only sell Chesapeake Bay Watershed provenance Local-Ecotype-Native* (LEN) Plants. A list of the plants we have available can be found on our website here.

APRIL

MARYLAND
April 6
Native Plant Social with The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis
Join our Annapolis office for a morning of socializing and discussing why native plants are beneficial for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We will have FREE native plants for everyone to take home (one per person), coffee and pastries! We will also be providing information about the plants including the maintenance of the plants and why they are important for the health and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Stop by and stay for as long as you would like! We will be set up outside our office from 9am-12pm. Our staff is excited to meet everyone and get to know the community!

VIRGINIA
April 6
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Spring Native Plant Sale, Leesburg
A landscape alive with birds, butterflies, bees and other animals is the sign of a healthy environment. Piedmont native plants thrive in Loudoun and offer the added benefits of their beauty and value to the ecosystem. Enhance the biodiversity and success of your landscape with native plants available at the sale. Flowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ferns will be available from the following vendors: Watermark Woods NurseryHill House Farm and Nursery and Nature by Design.

VIRGINIA
April 6
Fairfax County’s Riverbend Park: Bluebells at the Bend, Great Falls
Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells that carpet the early spring forest! Enjoy wildflower walks, face painting, live animals, moon bounce, live music, crafts and food trucks. $7 online until 4/5, $9 at the door.

MARYLAND
April 7
Chesapeake Natives Native Plant & Handcrafted Gift Sale, Mt. Rainier
Join Chesapeake Natives this Sunday, April 7th from 1pm-5pm in Mount Rainier, Maryland (4100 31st Street) for a Native Plant and Handcrafted Gift sale! Chesapeake Natives will be selling a variety of native plants. Hand Crafts will be available from local artists: Jan Baird-Adams, Joe Buriel, Cindy Gossage, Codi Gugliuzza, Dane & Mimi McKindley-Ward, Sarahi Madrigal, Karen Morrill, Kathy Shollenberger, Barry Stahl, and Ben Walsh-Mellett.

VIRGINIA
April 10
2019 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference: Exploring Emerging Water Issues, Henrico
Who should attend? Members of the environmental, technical, municipal, and educational communities & the public who are concerned with staying up-to-date on Virginia’s water resource issues. This conference offers valuable opportunities to network and continue a dialogue on Virginia’s water quality and quantity issues.

MARYLAND
April 13
Howard County GreenFest 2019, Columbia
Please join us for Howard County GreenFest “Science and Our Environment.” Planned activities include: Tables with local green businesses and environmental non-profits; Native plant sale; Children’s activities; Free compost bin giveaway; Workshops and speakers; Live birds and reptiles on display with local experts; Local food vendors; Free paper shredding.

POTOMAC RIVER WATERSHED
April 13
31st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people’s interest and passion for the environment and community action. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages residents and community leaders and generates momentum for change.The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has grown from a small shoreline cleanup at Piscataway National Park to a watershed wide network. What started as a few cleanup events along the Potomac River is now a regional event spanning Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

VIRGINIA
April 14
Prince William Conservation Alliance: Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA, Nokesville
Please join us on Sunday, April 14, to welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and view the fabulous Virginia Bluebells that carpet the Cedar Run shoreline for nearly a mile. 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. Family-friendly and free of charge.

VIRGINIA
April 20
Virginia Native Plant Society, John Clayton Chapter Native Plant Sale, Williamsburg
This year’s theme is Native Plants for Butterflies and other Pollinators. Our native insects need your help. Please put Saturday, April 20 on your calendar and make some room in your garden for plants that support them.

VIRGINIA
April 20
Virginia Living Museum: Earth Day Celebration & DINO EGG HUNT, 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! How about a DINO EGG HUNT on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail?  There will be 4 age specific hunts throughout the morning. Must register in advance. The Virginia Living Museum is partnering with Embrace Treatment Foster Care to make the DINO EGG HUNT possible. Cost: Included in Museum admission.

EVERYWHERE!
April 22
It’s Earth Day! This year’s campaign is to Protect Our Species.
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.

PENNSYLVANIA
April 24
Manada Conservancy presents Backyard Pollinator Habitat, Hummelstown
Pollinators are some of the most important animals on the planet. A vast majority of plants need them to reproduce, they are critical members of the food web, and human agriculture and economies lean on them heavily. Alarmingly, global pollinator populations are plummeting, due largely to our sterile modern landscape. The good news is that anyone with a backyard can help provide habitat for these wonderful, essential insects! Ryan Davis, Pennsylvania Forests Program Manager for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, will discuss native pollinators in detail, from their biology to specific ways you can improve your property to give these “good bugs” a home! This program is free and open to the public.

MARYLAND
April 25 – April 28 (Members Only: April 25)
Montgomery Parks Black Hill Nature Center Program’s Annual Native Plant Sale, Boyds
The Friends of Black Hill Nature Program Invites you to our 2019 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 support nature programming at Black Hill Visitors Center.

MARYLAND
April 26 – 28
Adkins Arboretum’s 2019 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.

NEW JERSEY
April 26 & April 27
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!

MARYLAND
April 27
Audubon Society of Central Maryland Native Plant Sale, Mount Airy
In April of each year, the ASCM holds a Native Plant Sale, with 2019 marking our 21st 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.

MARYLAND
April 27
Benjamin Banneker HP&M Earth Day Celebration, Baltimore
Enjoy a day outdoors and learn about the ecosystem around us. Drop in for environmental games & activities, animal encounters, guided hikes, garden tours, and more! You can also spruce up your garden with local favorites from our native plant sale.

MARYLAND
April 27
City of Rockville Spring Festival & Native Plant Sale, Rockville
Celebrate Croydon Creek Nature Center’s 17th anniversary with a Spring Festival and Native Plant Sale. Experience a live animal show from Reptile Wonders at 10:30am, face painting by Kids Party Face, environmental education displays and activities. Native plants will be available for sale the day of the event. Free.

NEW YORK
April 27
The Native Plant Center at WCC: 20th Annual Native Plant Sale, Valhalla
Thousands of beautiful, beneficial native plants await your choosing at our 20th annual sale. Among the selections will be all 20 species that have been named Plant of the Year over the 10 years of this initiative. Members can enter the sale at 9 a.m., which is earlier than in the past. Consider bringing your own cart to shop for plants as we have a limited number of wagons. 

PENNSYLVANIA
April 27
Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival, Lancaster
Manheim Township Department of Parks and Recreation presents the Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival on Saturday, April 27, from 9am to 4pm at Overlook Park on Granite Run Drive. This year’s event will showcase 30 local environmental organizations, native plant nurseries, and artisans. Kids activities include a scavenger hunt and live birds of prey from 12-2pm. Inside the Manheim Township Public Library, across the street from the vendor area, Zoo America will present at 9:30am. At 11:30 am, Wendy Brister will present on “Trees and Shrubs for Pollinator Habitat”. The final presentation of the day will be at 1:30pm- Fred Habegger will present “Tiny Treasures,” a program about our native butterflies. All presentations are free of charge, and open to the public without registration.

PENNSYLVANIA
April 27
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s Naturepalooza: A Family Earth Day Celebration, Philadelphia
Celebrate Earth Day in the midst of a 340 acre forest. Take a hike to learn about pond ecology, participate in a fort-building competition, or make a science-based craft with our Nature Preschool. Naturepalooza occurs rain or shine and is in partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival. Free.

PENNSYLVANIA
April 27
The Friends of Pinchot Native Wildflower Sale, Lewisberry
The Friends of Pinchot are hosting a Pennsylvania-native wildflower sale. We are featuring 24 perennial wildflowers and flowering shrubs that provide food for pollinator adults and/or their young, plus two native ferns that will add visual interest and wildlife value to your gardens. We have a greater number and variety of plants and shrubs this year, but come early for the best selection. Please note that we can only accept cash or checks at this event.

VIRGINIA
April 27
Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale 2019, Alexandria
Come find native perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun or shade. A dozen or more vendors from three states (VA, MD, PA) will be hosted at this event, the largest commercial 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 27
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter Native Plant Sale, Charlottesville
The Jefferson Chapter of the VNPS will hold their Annual Native Plant Sale on a SATURDAY this year on April 27th at 1:00-3:00 pm. Come early for the best choices. We have the best prices in town!

VIRGINIA
April 27 – 28
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. 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. Admission to the sale is free.

MARYLAND
April 28
Chesapeake Natives Plant Nursery’s Open Greenhouse Day, Upper Marlboro
Shop the best quality native plants in Maryland, grown from locally gathered native seed on site at Mt. Airy. Let us help you find the right native plants for your space. If you can not make any of these sales you always have the option to shop our selection of native plants by appointment!

MARYLAND
April 29 – May 4
3rd Annual Green Neighbor Festival, Frederick
Held at Culler Lake in Baker Park, with “green” vendors, local foods, music, and activities promoting sustainable living practices and businesses in Frederick County. This year (2019) activities are also being planned for the entire week leading up to the Festival.

MAY

DELAWARE
May 2 (Member Day), May 3 – 4
Delaware Nature Society’s Native Plant Sale, Greenville
Beauty in Every Season. 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.

DELAWARE
May 4
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Native Plant Sale & Green Living Expo, Ocean View
Save the date!

MARYLAND
May 4
Montgomery County Parks’ Raptor Festival, Rockville
Experience the thrill of seeing raptors – real owls, hawks, eagles and other predators – up close and face to face! Explore the world of these beautiful birds through all kinds of games and crafts, flight demonstrations and presentations from local experts. Our mascot Otus the Owl will be there to greet you, too! Don’t forget your camera! No registration required. No dogs (except service dogs) allowed at festival site.

MARYLAND
May 4
3rd Annual Green Neighbor Festival, Frederick
Held at Culler Lake in Baker Park, with “green” vendors, local foods, music, and activities promoting sustainable living practices and businesses in Frederick County. This year (2019) activities are also being planned for the entire week leading up to the Festival.

MARYLAND
May 4
Lower Shore Land Trust 2019 Delmarva Pollinator Festival & 12th Annual Native Plant Sale, Snow Hill
This premier FREE event is the largest pollinator festival in Maryland, Delaware, or Virginia, and brings together more than 750 students, plant-lovers, vendors, community members, nonprofit partners & more, to celebrate our native pollinators. This all-ages, family-friendly event, along the Pocomoke River, will include live music, local food, crafts, kids-activities, and much more! This event helps to educate community members about the benefits of our resource-based industries. Attendees can also purchase from hundreds of native plants and take them to their home or business – further supporting the pollinators that give us healthy, local foods. Free.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 4
PA Native Plant Society’s 2019 Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival, Boalsburg
Native plants for sale, educational talks, hikes, food and many resource tables are at this year’s festival.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 4
Manada Conservancy’s 19th Annual Spring Native Plant Sale, Hummelstown
Browse a large selection of native perennials, shrubs, and trees to spruce up your home landscape, providing both beauty and benefit to humans and pollinators. Shop regional native plant vendors and nature-themed art vendors. Enjoy music by Julie Moffitt and refreshments by Mad Dash Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Lower Dauphin High School bake sale throughout the day. Manada Conservancy’s NATIVE PLANT PRE-SALE IS ONLINE NOW until April 15th. Visit https://squareup.com/store/manada-conservancy/.  Orders must be picked up on Sale Day, May 4th, where you will have the chance to browse our sale-day only selections.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 4 – 11
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) Native Plant Sale Week, Philadelphia
Want to get your garden spring-ready? Bring the whole family out to our Spring Native Plant Sale, which goes for a full week this year. There will be local artisans, food vendors, a bird walk, tool sharpening, and even a perennial planting activity for kids to do for Mother’s Day. Choose from a spectacular assortment of over 150 species of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees, vines, and warm season grasses. All of our selections are native to this region and have been lovingly cared for by our staff and greenhouse volunteers. In the greenhouse we are committed to using peat-free potting soil from Organic Mechanics, no nasty chemicals, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to control gnats, mildew, and other pests. Plant experts and knowledgeable volunteers will be available to answer all of your questions and help you find the plants you need to make your landscape burst with color, texture, and year-round interest.

VIRGINIA
May 4
Friends of Riverbend Park’s 2019 Native Plant Sale, Great Falls
FORB’s annual Native Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 8 AM to 11 AM at Riverbend Park’s new Outdoor Classroom / Picnic Shelter on Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls, VA. We will have over 600 plants from 30 different varieties of native flowers and ferns including cardinal flowers, the ever-popular bluebells, golden knee, dwarf iris, golden wood poppies, three varieties of phlox, and several types of ferns. Come revitalize your garden with native flowers and ferns and at the same time support Riverbend Park and the Friends of Riverbend Park.

VIRGINIA
May 19
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Milkweed Sale, Leesburg
Help bring back the Monarchs by buying milkweed at this sale! It’s a great opportunity to buy the only plant on which Monarchs will lay their eggs. 

VIRGINIA
May 4
Arlington Parks & Recreation, Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale, Arlington
Want to improve your yard for local birds and butterflies? Then its time to Grow Native. A great selection of plants that are accustomed to local climate and wildlife will be available for purchase. We have natives for sun to shade, even deer resistant plants. Pre-order your favorite plants so you don’t miss out!  We’ll also have a wider selection to choose from on the day of the sale.

VIRGINIA
May 4 – 5
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. 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. Admission to the sale is free.

MARYLAND
May 5
City of Rockville Green Your Backyard Information Session, Rockville
If landscaping is on your to-do list this spring, attend this free information session on ways to save money, reduce runoff and green your backyard with the RainScapes Rewards Program. Topics include rain barrels, native plants and trees, permeable pavers and other environmental tips. Residents are eligible to enter into a free raffle for a rain barrel. Open on a first-come, first-served basis; Registration required.

MARYLAND
May 5
Howard County, Robinson Nature Center Native Plant Palooza, Columbia
Come shop our 6th 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. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. Please note that some vendors do not accept credit cards; please bring cash if you would like to ensure you can purchase from any of the vendors that attends.

VIRGINIA
May 5
Earth Sangha Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, Springfield
The sale you’ve been waiting for! Come choose from almost 200 local-ecotype, native plant species, pick up an Earth Sangha t-shirt, and meet some of our local partners in environmental stewardship and conservation. If you live in the DC area and you garden, or you’re thinking about creating an ecologically-sensitive home landscape, you really owe it to yourself to come out on Sunday May 5th.

MARYLAND
May 10 – 11
Environmental Concern: Spring Retail Native Plant Sale, St. Michaels
Environmental Concern is proud to offer the highest quality native wetland plant material in the Mid-Atlantic region. EC propagates native wetland plants from locally collected seed, developing state-of-the-art restoration practices and educating the public throughout the country about the importance of wetlands. EC’s native plant wholesale nursery offers our retail customers the opportunity to make purchases by appointment. In addition we hold retail plant sales in the spring and fall. Plan to join us at our campus on the San Domingo Creek!

NEW JERSEY
May 10 – 12
Wetland’s Institute Native Plant Sale, Stone Harbor
Aligning your garden and landscaping to be beneficial to butterflies, Pollinators and songbirds is a great way to help support a healthy environment. Few things are as interesting and wonderful as butterflies and hummingbirds enjoying a vibrant and beautiful garden. On May 10, 11 and 12, the Institute will hold its fourth annual native perennial plant sale. We have selected a beautiful array of plants that will bloom throughout the season and provide all the various food resources that butterflies, songbirds, hummingbirds, and other pollinators need to thrive. Knowledgeable native plant and garden naturalists will be on hand to answer questions and many of the plants are in the gardens at either the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary or Institute for a firsthand look.

MARYLAND
May 11
Maryland Native Plant Society: Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival, Garrett County
Discover the important connection between native plants, people, and wildlife at the sixth 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!

PENNSYLVANIA
May 11
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale, York
Don’t miss the fun! Saturday, May 11th 2019 – Native Plant Sale — “Bringing Nature Home!” Join MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners as we celebrate our 23rd annual Native Plant Sale. Plant growers from around the region will offer a large selection of native plants for sale including trees and shrubs suited for our area and many hard-to-find plants. Master Gardeners and MAEscapes experts will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and help you decide on the best plants for your needs. Returning this year, The Busy Bee will offer delicious breakfast and lunch items for sale. New this year, musical entertainment provided by Celtic Wood and Wires! Free Seminars and more!

PENNSYLVANIA
May 11
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Native Plant Sale, Schwenksville
The Conservancy will be selling over 130 different native species of perennial flowering plants, ferns, vines and grasses in 4 inch pots. Prices will range from $4 – $15. 

VIRGINIA
May 11
Mason Neck State Park’s Eagle Festival, Lorton
The Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival on Saturday, May 11 is the Park’s biggest event of the year. More than 20 environmentally-oriented organizations will showcase interactive exhibits. We’ll have a full day of programs, including shows on reptiles and raptors, live music, pony rides, a tent for children’s activities and more. Last year more than 4000 people attended this great event. The Friends of Mason Neck State Park covers all the expenses for the Festival, as well as providing the volunteers that help to make the event go smoothly. Free.

VIRGINIA
May 11
The Blue Ridge Wildflower Society Native Plant Sale, Roanoke
The Blue Ridge Wildflower Society Plant Sale will be at the parking lot next to the Virginia Western Community College Arboretum greenhouse. We expect to have at least 50 species of native plants for sale. Some of the more popular varieties will be five species of native ferns, Solomon’s Seal and Plume, bleeding heart, Virginia bluebell, cardinal flowers, fire pink, and milkweed, to name a few. All plants will be in pots ready to take home and plant. There will be people on hand to advise where the plants will do best. If members have plants to sell, please have them potted, labeled and priced; plan to arrive around 7:00 am. All help is welcome. Volunteer for an hour or help for the whole sale.

VIRGINIA
May 11
Prince William Wildflower Society Annual Wildflower & Native Plant Sale, Manassas
Please join us at the 2019 Prince William Wildflower Society Annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale. Many of the wildflowers, native trees, and shrubs you see in our gardens will be offered for sale at our Annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale,  Saturday, May 11, 9am until noon, on the grounds of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manassas. Both sun and shade-loving native plants, shrubs, and trees will be available. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection! Plants offered for sale have been propagated by members or shared from their gardens—none have been collected from the wild.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 11 & 11 (Members’ Preview: May 10)
Brandywine Conservancy’s Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale, Chadds Ford
Shop for a wide variety of native grasses, ferns, vines, shrubs, and trees. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information.

VIRGINIA
May 11 – 12
National Park Service’s Wildflower Weekend & Youth Art Contest at Shenandoah National Park
Join us for Shenandoah’s 33rd Annual Wildflower Weekend! Did you know there are more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park? 70% of them are native and racing to bloom before overhead trees become fully leafed out and block the sunlight on the forest floor. To celebrate this special time of year Shenandoah has an annual Wildflower Weekend. Come join us May 11-12, 2019 for wildflower walks, workshops, and activities.

NEW JERSEY
May 16 – 19
NJ Audubon Society, Cape May Spring Festival, Cape May
There is no place like Cape May New Jersey for springtime birding. Perhaps you have heard of all the legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, such as Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), and new this year, TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek. Then, on up the road a piece, you will find Cox Hall Creek WMA. Springtime brings birders a bit farther to the north, on Rt. 47, aka Shorebird Alley, to Cooks Beach and Reeds Beach, Belleplain State Forest, and all the way up to Cumberland County for the shorebird-filled impoundments at Heislerville WMA. All these hot spots are within about 35 mile’s drive. The best way to experience them all is to immerse yourself into the Cape May Spring Festival! This year we welcome back Kenn Kaufman as our keynote speaker on Saturday night, author of “A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration.” Registration required.

MARYLAND
May 18
Howard EcoWorks hosts Ellicott City Soak It Up, Ellicott City
Come join us and take part in the resiliency of our community and connect with others in and around our watershed! We will be offering walking tours of the Tiber-Hudson watershed, an introduction to biochar as well as a demonstration biochar burn, free stormwater education you can apply to your own property, and a free tree giveaway as part of our new Tree Howard County program!

VIRGINIA
May 18
Virginia Native Plant Society: Potowmack Chapter Spring Native Plant Sale, Alexandria
Come to buy plants that are truly regionally local. We propagate our own! Our sale will be on the site of our propagation beds, which is behind the main building. We will have many experienced native plant gardeners on hand for advice, too. Our Spring Native Plant Sale is part of Green Spring Garden Day, a very popular twice-a-year event featuring many plant and tree vendors, as well as a show and sale featuring local artists, on-site food vendors and a bountiful bake sale.

PENNSYLVANIA
May 18 & 19
Hawk Mountain Spring Native Plant Sale, Kempton
Come out to the Hawk Mountain Native Plant Sale and choose from nearly 300 species of Pennsylvania native wildflowers, vines, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees. Learn from our host of native plant volunteers who are dedicated to helping you find the perfect plants for your yard. All plants separated by habitat, such as sunny/hot or shady/wet. We make it as easy as possible for you to buy plants that will thrive in your home landscape.

MARYLAND
May 26
Chesapeake Natives Plant Nursery’s Open Greenhouse Day, Upper Marlboro
Shop the best quality native plants in Maryland, grown from locally gathered native seed on site at Mt. Airy. Let us help you find the right native plants for your space. If you can not make any of these sales you always have the option to shop our selection of native plants by appointment!

JUNE

VIRGINIA
June 1
31st Annual Clean the Chesapeake Bay Day, Various Locations
Each year, on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Thirty-one years strong, Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginian tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways. This short, three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact. Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged over 158,200 volunteers, who have removed approximately 6.64 million pounds of debris from nearly 7,750 miles of shoreline in Virginia!

PENNSYLVANIA
June 5 – 8
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 2019 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference & Native Plant Sale, Millersville
The Native Plants in the Landscape Conference offers opportunities to learn from expert speakers, participate in educational workshops and exceptional field trips over the course of three days. While the subject of the conference pertains to native plant communities, the spirit of the conference is to build human communities among a broad range of participants by designing an event affordable to all; encouraging formal and informal exchanges of information; and, providing opportunities for social interaction. A native plant sale will be held during this event. Registration now open.

VIRGINIA
June 15
The Clifton Institute presents Beetles of Virginia, Warrenton
Join us for a program about beetles presented by entomologist and author, Dr. Art Evans. The presentation begins at 7:30 PM and will be immediately followed by an evening of beetle fun! Several black light sheets will be set up to attract nocturnal beetles and other insects. Select beetles will be collected as part of an effort to document the fauna of The Clifton Institute. All interest and skill levels welcome! $10 per person paid at the door. Registration appreciated.

EVERYWHERE!
June 17 – 23
It’s Pollinator Week!
National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Twelve 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.

CONNECTICUT
June 20
Connecticut Horticultural Society presents A Guide to Restoring the Little Things the Run the World, West Hartford
Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build beautiful landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Doug Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

VIRGINIA
June 22
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy presents: Native Bees: Why They Matter & How to Support Them, Leesburg
We all know about the European honeybee, but what about the native bees that live here in Loudoun? These native bees help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants. At this Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy sponsored event, you’ll learn about the many fascinating and bee-utiful native bees that live in our gardens and the plants that support them. You will get a close-up look at Mason and Leafcutter Bees, discuss some simple ways that you can attract native bees in your garden, and help them thrive. You will learn some best practices for using bee houses and how to keep future generations of bees healthy. Join us and leave this talk with various handouts, including a list of native plants to plant and a garden design plan. Registration required.

VIRGINIA
June 23
Piedmont Virginia Native Plant Society: Using Native Plants in Your Landscape, Marshall
Learn why native plants matter and how to use them in your landscape with Virginia Master Naturalist Diane Krumme and Master Gardener Alice Shelman at the John Marshall Library in Marshall.

VIRGINIA
June 23
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden presents Restoring Nature’s Relationships with Doug Tallamy, Richmond
Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Doug Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than destroy them.

MARYLAND
June 30
Chesapeake Natives Plant Nursery’s Open Greenhouse Day, Upper Marlboro
Shop the best quality native plants in Maryland, grown from locally gathered native seed on site at Mt. Airy. Let us help you find the right native plants for your space. If you can not make any of these sales you always have the option to shop our selection of native plants by appointment!

JULY

NEW JERSEY
July 11
The Silent Majority: Moths of New Jersey, Cape May City
If novelty in nature is your thing and you relish the opportunity to immerse yourself in her variety, color, shape, form and function than this presentation by Blaine Rothhauser is for you. With 110,000 species of moth worldwide, one can be kept pretty entertained trying to get a peek into their secret lives. Under appreciated cousins of butterflies’ moths are truly the silent majority of the Stygian world. During this presentation you will learn the basics of moth biology, facts about individual species, and be provided with all the necessary tools to spend a little nocturnal time enjoying for yourself these nighttime jewels.

NEW JERSEY
July 12
D&R Greenway Land Trust Native Plant Sale, Princeton
D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is dedicated to restoring a rich diversity of native flora to the local landscape. We supply plants for ecological restoration projects, school projects and to the general public for use in home gardens. The Nursery stocks over 50 species of native plants, which are essential for native wildlife and for ecosystem function. These include trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, grasses, sedges & ferns. These plants are purchased from reputable native plant growers.

OHIO
July 12 – 14
Mothapalooza!, West Portsmouth
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 four 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, Break-out Sessions and field trips to experience moths and other elements of natural history firsthand.

VIRGINIA
July 13
Master Gardeners of Prince William’s Saturday in the Garden: Wildlife Gardening with the Humane Gardener, Bristow
Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk by Nancy Lawson, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.

MARYLAND
July 17
Natural History Society of Maryland presents: Bees of Maryland, Baltimore
Did you know that there are approximately 4000 species of bees in the United States, 800 species east of the Mississippi River, and over 400 species in Maryland?  Little is known about the populations of most of these species.  In 2009, Gene Scarpulla conducted a yearlong survey of the bees on Hart-Miller Island to increase our knowledge of Maryland’s bees.  In 2015, Gene coordinated a cooperative survey of the bees of Poplar Island with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Gene’s talk is based on his Hart-Miller Island survey.  He will give a brief overview of the history of Hart-Miller Island, describe his yearlong survey, discuss general bee biology, and show the marvelous diversity of bee species that can be found in Maryland.

DELAWARE
July 20
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance presents: Native Trees for the Birds & the Bees & the Seas, Laurel
Native trees clean our air, provide cooling shade on balmy summer days, reduce road noise, and block wind. Their deep roots also uptake water and nutrients, reducing flooding and pollution. Incredibly, they also provide habitat and food for a wide range of critters, including butterflies, bees, birds, squirrels, and us! Join Nanticoke Watershed Alliance at our “Native Trees for the Birds and the Bees and the Seas” workshop and learn about the many roles that native trees play in the wild (and could play in your yard). Would you like to dig in native trees, but you aren’t sure which ones to plant? Are you overwhelmed or underwhelmed by choice and just can’t find the right trees for your space? This workshop will help you determine which native trees could work in your landscape and give you an opportunity to add trees to your landscape at no cost.

MARYLAND
July 28
Chesapeake Natives Plant Nursery’s Open Greenhouse Day, Upper Marlboro
Shop the best quality native plants in Maryland, grown from locally gathered native seed on site at Mt. Airy. Let us help you find the right native plants for your space. If you can not make any of these sales you always have the option to shop our selection of native plants by appointment!

august

VIRGINIA
August 10
John Clayton Chapter of the VA Native Plant Society presents: Flowers of Late Summer, Newport News
Peninsula Master Naturalist, Susie Yager, will lead a walk through this lakeside woodland. Strawberry Bush and Beautyberry should be in fruit and numerous late summer flowers in bloom, including Swamp Loosestrife, Jewelweed, Groundnut Vine, Cranefly Orchid and Meadow Beauty. With luck we will catch delicate Butterfly Pea in bloom too. The round-trip walk will be about 2.6 miles.

DELAWARE
August 17
Chemical-Free Lawns at Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin
Is your lawn safe for children, pets, and the environment? Scott Freedman, a NOFA certified organic lawn care technician, focuses on eco-friendly cultural practices to create attractive lawns that are safe for us to use. Along with proper mowing techniques, learn how to read a soil test, select the best grass seed for your site, manage weeds, apply organic fertilizers, and control pests. Leave with a set of tools to transform your turf into a chemical-free lawn.

MARYLAND
August 24
Irvine Nature Center Native Plant Seminar & Sale, Owings Mills
Join us for our annual Native Plant Seminar & Sale. 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. Throughout the day, the region’s finest native nurseries will provide an opportunity to learn more about species native to the Piedmont region and to purchase a wide selection of top quality native plant material. Seminar registrants will be admitted to the plant sale at 7:30 a.m. Register now!

MARYLAND
August 25
Chesapeake Natives Plant Nursery’s Open Greenhouse Day, Upper Marlboro
Shop the best quality native plants in Maryland, grown from locally gathered native seed on site at Mt. Airy. Let us help you find the right native plants for your space. If you can not make any of these sales you always have the option to shop our selection of native plants by appointment!

september

VIRGINIA
September 5
Prince William Wildflower Society presents: Wildflower Folklore & Ethnobotany with Alonso Abugattus, Manassas
Our September, 2019 Prince William Wildflower Society meeting will feature a presentation by Alonso Abugattus, Capital Naturalist, entitled “Wildflower Folklore and Ethnobotany.” Alonso is a well-known local naturalist, environmental educator and storyteller in the Washington, D.C. area. He is the natural resources manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation and the co-chair for the Beltway Chapter of Region 2 of the National Association for Interpretation. He invites you to check out his personal blog “Capital Naturalist” and Facebook group where he posts regular nature notes using his own photography.

MARYLAND
September 6 – 7
Environmental Concern: Fall Retail Native Plant Sale, St. Michaels
Environmental Concern is proud to offer the highest quality native wetland plant material in the Mid-Atlantic region. EC propagates native wetland plants from locally collected seed, developing state-of-the-art restoration practices and educating the public throughout the country about the importance of wetlands. EC’s native plant wholesale nursery offers our retail customers the opportunity to make purchases by appointment. In addition we hold retail plant sales in the spring and fall. Plan to join us at our campus on the San Domingo Creek!

PENNSYLVANIA
September 7
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presents: How to Fight Plants with Plants, New Hope
Join us for the workshop “How to Fight Plants with Plants – Chemical-Free Methods for Removing Invasives” with Nancy LawsonYou’ve decided to start a native plant garden for the good of the animals and the environment. Learn how to go native without the use of chemicals—and without overwhelming yourself—through innovative, humane and sustainable planting and cultivation strategies.

WEBINAR
September 11
Ecological Landscape Alliance Webinar: The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening
The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: Why Native Plants Matter to Songbirds and the Food They Eat. Residential landscapes and gardening practices can have a positive (or negative) impact on wildlife. In this webinar, Dr. Desiree Narango will speak about her research studying plant and wildlife interactions. The talk will focus on her recent work comparing the contributions of native and non-native plants to food webs by studying breeding birds in Washington D.C. suburban yards. In addition, she will talk about the relationships between plants and insects, why insects matter to birds, and steps you can take in your landscape designs or in your own yards to improve habitat for wildlife. Dr. Narango will also share resources to find more information about nature-friendly gardening and participating in community-driven science.

MARYLAND
September 14
University of MD Extension, Master Gardeners presents: Invasive Plant ID for Homeowners, Prince Frederick
Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found growing in landscaped and natural areas by examining cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation and plant identification exercise, we will apply our new skill set by searching for invasive plants while walking a short distance along a parking lot to view landscaped plants, then along a paved path that meanders through a natural area within King Park to view wild growing plants.

PENNSYLVANIA
September 14
Hawk Mountain Fall Native Plant Sale, Kempton
Come out to the Hawk Mountain Native Plant Sale and choose from nearly 300 species of Pennsylvania native wildflowers, vines, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees. Learn from our host of native plant volunteers who are dedicated to helping you find the perfect plants for your yard. All plants separated by habitat, such as sunny/hot or shady/wet. We make it as easy as possible for you to buy plants that will thrive in your home landscape. 

NORTH CAROLINA
September 19
NC State Extension presents Fall for Gardening: Gardening with a Conscience, Greensboro
The 18th Annual Gardening Seminar keynote address speaker is Dr. Doug Tallamy. In his talk, “Restoring the Little Things that Run the World,” Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air, and on our plants. Why? Because the global insect population is declining drastically, and a world without insects is a world without humans!

OHIO
September 20 & 21
Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium, Cleveland
Immerse yourself in a full day of enlightening and energizing presentations by eight renowned experts in the fields of landscape design, with a focus on pollinators and native plants! Explore the importance of restoring our increasingly fragmented and disappearing native habitats beginning in our own backyards—whether large or small.

NEW JERSEY
September 21
Pinelands Preservation Fall 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!

VIRGINIA
September 28
Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale 2019, Alexandria
Come find native perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun or shade. A dozen or more vendors from three states (VA, MD, PA) will be hosted at this event, the largest commercial 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.

MARYLAND
September 29
Chesapeake Natives Plant Nursery’s Open Greenhouse Day, Upper Marlboro
Shop the best quality native plants in Maryland, grown from locally gathered native seed on site at Mt. Airy. Let us help you find the right native plants for your space. If you can not make any of these sales you always have the option to shop our selection of native plants by appointment!

VIRGINIA
September 29
Town of Herndon’s NatureFest, Herndon
Explore various nature stations throughout the park including butterflies, bees, life in the meadow, web of life, and much more. Live animal shows throughout the day. Arts and crafts and fun for the whole family will be included!

october

PENNSYLVANIA
October 8 – 10
Natural Areas Association 2019 Natural Areas Conference, Pittsburgh — STAY TUNED!
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Natural Areas Conference in Pittsburgh, PA October 8-10! Our 46th conference will take place at the Pittsburgh Sheraton, which is right on the waterfront at the place where the three rivers of Pittsburgh – the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio – come together. The views are spectacular – and scores of diverse natural areas are only a short drive away. Our theme is At the Water’s Edge – Managing our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape. This event will focus on providing access to cutting-edge information, emerging management techniques, and science-based practices for natural areas practitioners. 

november

DELAWARE
November 11
Ecological Landscape Alliance presents The Plant Pollinator Partnership Conference, Wilmington
As native bees struggle alongside European honey bees for survival, their reduced numbers put natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. And bees are not the only pollinators that are suffering. Beetles, butterflies, ants, birds, and bats all help with pollination and all are experiencing environmental stresses. In response, landscape professionals and concerned homeowners across the country are learning more about the habitat needs of all pollinators – and using that knowledge to make planting decisions. Join ELA to learn from four pollinator experts what we can do to support pollinators. 

WEST VIRGINIA
November 15 – 17
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s 14th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, Shepherdstown — STAY TUNED!
Registration for the 2019 Chesapeake Watershed Forum will open in late August.

DECEMBER

WASHINGTON DC
December 4
2019 Trees Matter Symposium, Washington DC
Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, Washington D.C., present the eighth annual Trees Matter SymposiumPresentations will focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings. Trees provide many benefits: they cleanse and cool our air, stabilize our soils, provide wildlife habitat and beautify our urban and suburban areas. We encourage all arborists, landscape industry and environmental/green industry professionals, engineers, designers, housing developers and interested citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to learn new techniques and concepts on what can be done to ensure the survival of trees in our built environment.

PENNSYLVANIA
December 5 – 6
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council: Turning a New Leaf Conference, Harrisburg — STAY TUNED!
The conference consists of various presentations from industry leaders, innovators and experts; includes an EcoMarketplace where businesses can market their products and services; and multiple networking opportunities for attendees to discuss current projects and new ideas.