Shoppers browse the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's spring plant sale. Photo by Julie Buchanan/Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.
Some of us soon might be gazing wistfully at snow out our
windows, but the truth is spring is not far away. What better way is there to beat the
winter doldrums than to gear up for spring planting?
To help get you started, we?ve
compiled the following list of upcoming plant sales and giveaways. All events
are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and many are put on by nonprofits, Master
Gardeners or local soil and water conservation districts.
Can?t make it to one of these events? Browse the list of
Plant More Plants retail partners. Most will be opening soon to fulfill all
your spring planting needs.
Plants. Less Runoff. Healthier Bay.
Going on now
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is
taking orders for its annual seedling sale through April 22 or until supplies run out. Shrub and small tree packages
($15.95) and tree packages ($10.95) are available. Visit the district?s website to see which
species are offered.
Riparian landowners in Chesterfield County, Va., can make
appointments to pick up free
native tree seedlings March 22, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or March 23, 9 a.m. until
2 p.m. The goal is to improve riparian buffers throughout the county and filter
stormwater runoff with native trees. The county?s environmental engineering
department and the James River Soil and Water Conservation District are
sponsors of the giveaway. To schedule an appointment, contact Lorne Field at
fieldl[at]chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1920.
The U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave., Washington, will host a native-plant sale 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., in conjunction with the 27th Annual Lahr Native Plant Symposium.
Henrico County, Va., residents can snag bareroot
tree seedlings March 28, 2:30 until 6:30 p.m., at Dorey
Park, or March 29, 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Hermitage
High School. This giveaway is sponsored by the Henricopolis Soil and Water
Conservation District. Seedlings were provided by the Virginia Department of
Nursery at 6131 Hillen Road, Baltimore, Md., resumes retail sales 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The nursery offers hundreds of species of native trees,
shrubs and perennials. Check their website for detailed hours of operation.
Trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers will be available for
purchase 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale, sponsored
by the Edith J. Carrier
Arboretum at James Madison University, 780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg,
Hanover Master Gardeners will hold their spring plant sale 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hanover County Social Services
building, 12304 Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va.
Living Museum, 542 Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, hosts its spring
native-plant sale April 20, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and April 21, noon until 3
p.m. Admission to the sale is free.
Native Plant Sale is scheduled 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 3601 Valley Drive,
Alexandria, Va. The sale is open to the public, and admission is free.
In case you missed the Virginia Living Museum's native-plant sale the previous weekend, swing by April 27, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., or April 28, noon until 3 p.m. Admission to the sale is free.
The Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society hosts its plant sale 1 until 3 p.m., at the Ivy Creek Natural Area barn, 1780 Earleysville Road, Charlottesville, Va.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico County, Va., hosts its three-day spring
plant sale. A wide selection of plants will be available from numerous
small and local vendors. See the website for sale hours. Admission to the sale
The Prince William
Wildflower Society, a chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, hosts
its native-plant sale 9 a.m. until noon at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church,
8712 Plantation Lane, Manassas, Va.
The Virginia Beach Master
Gardeners? spring plant sale is scheduled 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Virginia Beach Farmers Market at the corner of Dam Neck and Princess Anne
Master Gardeners of Prince William will sell plants 9 a.m. until noon at The
Teaching Garden, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, Va. While you?re there, find
out about the unique learning opportunities available at the garden.
This is by no means a comprehensive
list. Please add any events we left off in the comments section below. Happy
Julie Buchanan is a public relations specialist for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. She lives in Richmond, Va., where she is just beginning to delve into the world of gardening.