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.


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 SaleThe 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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 30
33rd Annual Lahr Symposium & Native Plant Sale 2019, Washington DC — STAY TUNED!
The USNA’s Lahr Symposium and our accompanying Native Plant sale will be Saturday, March 30th, 2019. 


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.

April 27 – 28
Virginia Living Museum Spring Native Plant Sale (1st of 2 weekends), Newport News — STAY TUNED!
Select from an incredible array of native plants for a variety of garden sites from dry to wet, including ponds, rock gardens, and shady spots at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual Spring Native Plant Sale. Once established native plants require minimal care, requiring less water, fertilizer, pruning, and little to no pesticide. Offering beauty in both form and color, native plants are also beneficial for wildlife. Many of the plants are nectar/host sources for butterflies and hummingbirds, others provide fruit, nuts or seeds for birds and mammals, and shelter or nesting spaces for a variety of creatures. All the plants are high quality, nursery propagated native plant species, many of which are difficult to find in the commercial nursery trade.  Many of the plants have been propagated by museum staff. The sale is held on weekends only. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission to the sale is free.


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

May 4 – 5
Virginia Living Museum Spring Native Plant Sale (2nd of 2 weekends), Newport News — STAY TUNED!
Select from an incredible array of native plants for a variety of garden sites from dry to wet, including ponds, rock gardens, and shady spots at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual Spring Native Plant Sale. Once established native plants require minimal care, requiring less water, fertilizer, pruning, and little to no pesticide. Offering beauty in both form and color, native plants are also beneficial for wildlife. Many of the plants are nectar/host sources for butterflies and hummingbirds, others provide fruit, nuts or seeds for birds and mammals, and shelter or nesting spaces for a variety of creatures. All the plants are high quality, nursery propagated native plant species, many of which are difficult to find in the commercial nursery trade.  Many of the plants have been propagated by museum staff. The sale is held on weekends only. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission to the sale is free.

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.

May 11
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Native Plant Sale, Schwenksville — STAY TUNED!
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. 




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.






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. 





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. Fee.