Bona Terra, Herring Run, Kollar, Lauren's Garden Service, Little Farm and Garden, Tree Talk Natives, Unity Church Hill Nursery, Watermark Woods & Wildflower Native Plant Nursery
If you garden with native plants (and I so hope you do!), chances are you have visited a very special small business - a native plant nursery. I gather, from talking with the people who keep these nurseries running, it is hard work with lots of challenges they seem to love. Nothing like living merchandise particular about light conditions and ambient temperature. Not to mention the care and attention needed most every day while plants are temporarily living out of the ground!
These small businesses are the future of growing the popularity of native plant gardening. As native plant gardeners, we would be absolutely lost without them. If you are looking for local eco-types, plants indigenous to the specific area where you live, a small native plant nursery may be your only option.
As the growing season winds down, I know many of us are very mindful of the financial risk, required hours and enormous dedication the teams at our native plant nurseries take on. Stories like those of Jeremy Tidd at Bona Terra in DC and Anne Arundel County, Christy Little of A Little Farm & Garden in Stevensville and Mariana Borelli at Wildflower Native Plant Nursery in Bethesda inspire.
Thinking of shopping on Small Business Saturday? Perhaps a trip to Cultivate in Ellicott City, the botanical themed shop operated in tandem with Lauren's Garden Service Native Plant Nursery?
Thinking of shopping on Cyber Monday? You can purchase on-line gift cards here: A Little Farm and Nursery, Cultivate, Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore, Cultivate, and Watermark Woods in Hamilton, Virginia.
The most important thing we can do to support these businesses is to shop our local native plant nursery first and tell all of our friends about them too. These are the places where you find knowledgeable people who can't wait to share their expertise and figure out just the right plant to meet your specific needs.
Native plant nurseries -- we are immensely grateful for you!