Shoppers at the Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale. Photo by Kathy King

Shoppers at the Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale (Photo: Kathy King)

The Friends of the Arboretum annual native plant sale takes place the Saturday before Mother’s Day, offering more than 200 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. FOA also holds an advance order sale with winter mail-in orders and spring on-site pick up. The advance order sale offers trees, shrubs, garden mixes, and half and full flats of select species.

No plants are dug from the wild. All are native to the area and, once established, require minimal care. During the sale, experts are available to answer questions. The plant sale is open to all. Friends of the Arboretum receive a discount on all plant purchases.

Jumping worm precautions: The Arboretum has followed best management practices for the jumping worm (Amynthas spp.) invasive species since it was discovered here in the fall of 2013. In coordination with Arboretum staff, the Native Plant Sale organizers have also taken preventive measures against spreading the invasive worms.

2018 Native Plant Sale

May 12, 2018, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the large tents near the Visitor Center, more than 200 species of native grasses; woodland, prairie, and savanna plants; and trees and shrubs will be available to purchase, while supplies last.

Download the 2018 plant list to see what will be offered at the tent sale. The plant information sheets provide more information about particular plants.

2018 Advance Order Sale

Orders accepted November 2017 through February 14, 2018

A selection of  trees, shrubs, garden mixes, and half and full flats of select species can be ordered between late November 2017 and mid-February 2018. Download the advance order brochure for information. Advance ordering is open to anyone. Orders are due February 14, and plant pick up for advance orders will be on Thursday, May 10.

Why order in advance? At the tent sale on May 12, selection will be limited.

Benefits for Friends of the Arboretum

Friends of the Arboretum receive information about the Native Plant Sale, including preliminary plant lists, in the quarterly NewsLeaf newsletter. Friends also receive a 5 percent discount on Native Plant Sale purchases. To become a Friend, download this form and mail it to the Arboretum. At this time we are not able to take Friends contributions online.


Friends of the Arboretum gratefully acknowledges in-kind contributions from the following businesses in support of the 2018 Native Plant Sale:

  • Agrecol Native Nursery
  • AM Mailing Services
  • Country Road Greenhouses, Inc.
  • Metcalfe’s Market
  • Northern Sunset Perennials
  • Prairie Nursery
  • Winterland Nursery, owned and operated by McKay Nursery Company