Buy Maryland native plants, heirloom vegetables at spring plant sales

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
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
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
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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Audubon Society of Central Maryland Native Plant Sale
April 25, 2015, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary
13030 Old Annapolis Road, Mount Airy
410-997-9492 or 301-831-5060
Native plants go on sale at 9 a.m. and frequently sell quickly. Preview this year’s offerings here. Shrubs and trees start at $12 and perennials from $6. Expert advice will be available from master gardeners. Only cash and checks are accepted. Profits go toward environmental education and habitat preservation. Also explore the sanctuary’s walking trails, which will be open during the event.

Calvert Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
April 25, 2015, 9 a.m.-noon

Historic Linden House
70 Church St., Prince Frederick

Native trees, shrubs and perennials for sale as well as bulbs, herbs, bedding plants, ground covers, hanging baskets, fresh flowers, locally made pottery and "white elephants." Homemade baked goods, hot dogs and soda also will be for sale.

Greenstreet Gardens VeggieMania
April 25-26, 2015, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian
More than 190 varieties of hard-to-find heirloom and classic hybrid tomato seedlings for sale, expert advice and tools to help with a successful gardening season.

Sotterley Plantation Plant Sale
April 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 26, noon-3 p.m.
Plant Exchange: April 25, 10 a.m.

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood
Purchase annuals, perennials, shrubs and bulbs from the Sotterley Garden Guild during the plant sale hours. Proceeds benefit Sotterley Plantation and the Colonial Revival Garden. There will also be a plant exchange April 25 starting at 10 a.m. where you can swap your divisions and seedlings for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds.

Flower Mart of the Four Rivers Garden Club
May 1, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Annapolis City Dock, downtown Annapolis
Native perennials, flowers, plants, May Day baskets, fresh-cut flowers, gifts for the garden and more for sale at Annapolis City Dock.

Londontown and Gardens Spring Plant Sale
May 2, 2015, 8 a.m.-noon

839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
Spring plant sale featuring rare and hard-to-find perennials, shrubs, trees and shade plants, and heirloom vegetables. Annuals from Melwood will be available. Master gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and answer questions.

Annapolis Horticulture Society Annual Plant Sale
May 16, 2015, 7 a.m.-noon

Riva Road Farmers Market
275 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis
Special annual event at the Riva Road Farmers Market.
Visit the Maryland Native Plant Society website for information about native plants and local Maryland chapters.

List compiled by Robin Karns.