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 2020 plant sales will help FOA support the Arboretum’s work and mission. We hope to see you in May!

2020 Advance Order Sale

Advance orders are now being accepted, through February 14, 2020.

A selection of  trees, shrubs, garden mixes, and half and full flats of select species can be ordered until mid-February 2020. Download the 2020 advance order brochure, fill it out, and mail with payment to Friends of the Arboretum. Advance ordering is open to anyone. Orders are due February 14, and plant pick up for advance orders will be on Thursday, May 7.

By ordering in advance, you can get popular plants in larger quantities, garden mixes, and your choice of trees and shrubs.

2020 Native Plant Sale

May 9, 2020, 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 get an idea of what might be offered at the tent sale. The 2020 list will be available in April. The plant information sheets provide more information about particular plants.

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 2019 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