Buy Maryland native plants, heirloom vegetables at spring plant sales

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Joe pye weed webUsing plants native to Maryland for landscaping and gardening often means less work for gardeners, allowing more time to expand your landscaping or relax and enjoy your garden and view. Native plants are often hardier as they have evolved and adapted for the climate and soil in this part of Maryland. Native plants may be ornamental, but they also provide food and shelter for animals and support pollinators.

Here are several Maryland spring plant sales in April and May 2015, many where you can purchase native plants.

Howard County GreenFest 2015 Native Plant and Herb Sale
April 18, 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Howard County Community College Quad
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia
410-313-1913
howardwsa.org/events/greenfest-mg-native-plant-sale
Native plant sale is part of the free family-friendly GreenFest event, which focuses on environmental awareness, education and resources. Plants are raised by local growers. The sale is sponsored by Howard County GreenFest and the University of Maryland Extension Howard County Master Gardeners.

Adkins Arboretum Native Plant Nursery
Opening Weekend April 24-26, 2015

12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely
410-634-2847
adkinsarboretum.org/native_plant_resources
The Arboretum Native Plant Nursery opens for the season the weekend of April 24-26 with plants available in the visitor’s center front parking area. Members may pre-order through April 12. Friday, April 24, is members-only day. Public days are Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, noon-4 p.m.
The nursery sells plants native to Maryland including many trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vines, and many more. Following opening weekend, the nursery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through October. The Native Plant Nursery Fall Open House will be Sept. 11-13, 2015.

National Arboretum Garden Fair & Plant Sale
April 24, 1-4 p.m.
April 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

3501 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC
202-245-2726
usna.usda.gov/Education/index.html
New, rare, and hard to find plants are for sale along with vendors, entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities and more. National Arboretum staff members will be available for expert advice. The sale is in the New York Avenue parking lot. Friends of the National Arboretum members have early entrance April 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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