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Native Plant Gardens: Garden Goods Galore!

Plant sales, talks & more.

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Spring has sprung and then some! Native plant gardens are popping and so are a panoply of opportunities. Here are a few standouts!


laurens gardens native bare roots

The nursery at Lauren's Garden Service in Ellicott City just reopened for the season. Rarely available bare root bulbs and plants are for sale on a first come first serve basis. Trillium (Trillium cuneatum), spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and twenty more are available from $9 to $15. If you are in search of something specific, you may want to call ahead.


bee agastache blue hyssop

If you are reading this, you likely know a key reason to garden with native plants is to enable insects to reproduce. Intuitively a good thing. The role of insects in our world is deep. Biological scientist Timothy Christensen discusses the significance of their ecological roles to the natural world on zoom at 1pm. Sponsored by Adkins Arboretum, the talk is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. You can register here.


hort society of maryland

Stan Kollar, the proprietor of Kollar Nursery will be speaking at the Volmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum on Tuesday, April 11th at 7:30 pm. The evening starts with a plant sale at 7pm. Stan began selling native plants before many of us had even heard of them and has a wealth of knowledge to share. If you haven't yet had a chance to visit Kollar Nursery in northern Maryland, you can read more about it here.


Master Gardeners of No VA

Two master gardeners will share their experience with replacing lawn. You can participate on-line live or watch a recording at your convenience. There is no charge. You can register here.


Coffee & donuts? Check. Native plants? Yes, five native plant nurseries are participating: Go Native Tree Farm, Kollar Nurseries, Tree Talk Natives and Seven Bends Nursery. A number of experts will be on hand too including Ladew Gardens, Irvine Nature Center and the University of Maryland's Bay Wise Extension program! More information here.


Howard County GreenFest 2023

Howard County's GreenFest on April 15th features a native plant sale with a number of native plant growers including Bona Terra and Lauren's Garden Service. Here is a brochure detailing all participants!


No Alexandria native plant sale

Northern Alexandria's Native Plant Sale is Saturday, April 29th from 9am to 2pm at the Church of St. Clement. Ten nurseries including Nature by Design, a treasure of a nursery previously located in Alexandria and still searching for a new location, are participating. A vendor list is here.


Wild Ones Garden Design Washington D.C.

A free Washington D.C. specific garden design and plant list is now available, courtesy of Wild Ones, a non-profit promoting environmentally sound landscape design. This DC specific plan was created by Larry Weaner, a veteran landscape designer specializing in naturalistic designs. The plan includes three habitats and Larry Weaner also explains his thinking behind the plan in a one hour You Tube video.

Do you know of more exciting events or opportunities? Please share in the comments below. Thank you.

Happy Spring!


We want you to be as excited about planting Chesapeake natives as we are. “Plant This or That” gives you a native alternative to popular plants. Other posts highlight really fabulous fauna native to the Chesapeake.

Nuts for Natives, avid gardener, Baltimore City admirer, Chesapeake Bay Watershed restoration enthusiast, and public service fan.

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