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Adkins Arboretum to host Fall Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum to host Fall Native Plant Sale

Enjoy fall in the garden! Adkins Arboretum will hold its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th  at the Arboretum in Ridgely, Md. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Chesapeake Bay region’s native flora and its role in land stewardship practices. The sale will be held at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery.

Take advantage of autumn’s cool, moist weather to add color and wildlife habitat to your landscape. Many native plants produce seeds, flowers and fruits in fall that attract migratory birds and butterflies. Plants such as asters and goldenrod extend the garden into fall by adding bright pops of color and structural interest to the landscape.

The sale will also feature native trees such as river birch, white oak, and sweetbay magnolia. Adkins Arboretum’s 2013 Native Tree of the Year, sweetbay magnolia is from a family with an ancient history going back over 100 million years—back to the time with the Arctic Circle was filled with trees and before bees evolved to pollinate flowering plants. The Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery is a participating nursery in the Marylanders Plant Trees program, offering a $25 coupon toward purchase of native trees that retail for $50 or more.

In addition to the region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses for fall planting, items for sale will include nature-themed gift items and used and new gardening and horticultural books. Arboretum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions, and a guided nursery walk will be held Saturday, September 14 at 1 p.m.

A members-only plant sale will be held Fri., Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public sale days are Sat., Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Members, including those who join on any sale day, receive 10% off plant and gift shop purchases, and members at the Contributor ($100) level and above receive a 20% discount on plants. Shoppers will enter the Arboretum from Eveland Road via the Nursery Entrance and follow directional signage to the Native Plant Nursery.

For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.