May Native Plant Sale in the big tent

May Native Plant Sale in the big tent

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.

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. Members of Friends of the Arboretum receive a discount on all plant purchases.

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.

Download the 2017 plant list to get an idea of what might be offered at the tent sale. The plant information sheets provide more information about particular plants.

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.

Advance Order Sale

A selection of  trees, shrubs, and prairie garden mixes can be ordered between late November 2017 and January 2018. Check back for detail in November. Advance ordering is open to anyone. Plant pick up for advance orders will be on Thursday, May 10.

Why order in advance? At the tent sale on May 12, garden mixes will not be available, and tree and shrub selection will be limited.

Benefits for Friends of the Arboretum Members

Native Plant Sale brochures, including the advance order form, will be sent to members in February. FOA members receive a discount on native plant purchases.


Friends of the Arboretum gratefully acknowledges in-kind contributions from the following businesses in support of the 2017 Native Plant Sale:

  • Flower Factory
Wood’s Edge Farm
Country Road Greenhouses
  • Prairie Nursery
WE Radtke, Inc.
  • AM Mailing Services
  • Sentry Foods