Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, marked the Arboretum’s kick-off event for its season-long sale of native plants. It was a great success, complete with beautiful sunny days, and over 700 happy shoppers.
In addition to offering horticultural books, and a wide variety of plants for native gardens and natural areas, the Arboretum also participated as a vendor for the state of Maryland’s Marylanders Plant Trees Program, a grant funded project that seeks to enhance Maryland’s canopy coverage by 50,000 native trees in 2009. The Arboretum’s selection of large native trees flew out the door, ready for their new Maryland homes.
New to the sale area this year were display gardens featuring a hedgerow, a pond garden and a children’s garden illustrating uses and value of native plants in the landscape. To help everyone water their newly planted gardens, rain barrels were available to purchase or to order, and like
the plants, will be available throughout the summer. Plant sales help support the Arboretum’s educational programs and outreach initiatives, and are an effective way to inspire enthusiasm for native plants.
Many thanks to our volunteers, members and shoppers for their support, and for making the plant sales possible and successful.