A Native Plant Sale shopper admires pots of prairie grasses

A Native Plant Sale shopper admires pots of prairie grasses (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.

Your purchases during the 2019 plant sales will help FOA support the Arboretum’s work and mission. In 2018, proceeds from the Native Plant Sale enabled FOA to make a $25,000 pledge toward the future installation of solar panels at the Visitor Center, as well as to support a variety of community education and volunteer programs at the Arboretum. We hope to see you in May!

2019 Native Plant Sale

May 11, 2019, 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 2019 plant list to see what will be offered at the tent sale. The 2019 list will be available in April. The plant information sheets provide more information about particular plants.

2019 Advance Order Sale

Orders accepted through February 21, 2019

A selection of  trees, shrubs, garden mixes, and half and full flats of select species can be ordered until mid-February 2019. Download the advance order brochure for more information. Advance ordering is open to anyone. Orders are due February 21, and plant pick up for advance orders will be on Thursday, May 9.

Why order in advance? To be sure you get the plants you want.

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. Learn more about how to be a Friend and contribute 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
  • Winterland Nursery, owned and operated by McKay Nursery Company