This really isn’t what I was planning to write this week, but see my social media being flooded with news of native plant sales and classes in native gardening and landscaping. I have a need to organize all of this information so that I can make good choices that will fit in with my calendar.
What I do think is wonderful is that it’s becoming easier and easier to find good and interesting native plants for your own garden and the means to learn about how to best manage your patch of land by working with nature instead of against it.
This is not an exclusive list of Native Plant Sales – just some from my favorite places that I know hold great native plant sales. If you have big active garden clubs in your locality they may have smaller community sales. For example in September at the Bulverde Jubilee Parade the Bulverde Garden Club has a big stand with many great native plants for sale.
Please check out each organization’s website for full details and if there are any changes. The links I’ve posted should take you to exactly where you need to be!
Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT)
A wonderful resource for learning about native plants. NPSOT has chapters all over Texas including San Antonio, New Braunfels and Comal County. https://npsot.org/wp/chapters/local-chapters/ It’s worth joining your local chapter but meetings are open to the public – you can go and see if you like it!
The San Antonio chapter has a semi annual native plant sale at Phil Hardberger Park. The Bexar Roots Spring Native Plant Sale is on Sat 27th April & the Fall sale is on Sat 28th Sept https://npsot.org/wp/sanantonio/bexar-roots-sale-list/
The New Braunfels Chapter has a native plant sale on 20th April at the Headwaters of the Comal https://npsot.org/wp/newbraunfels/calendar-events/
The Lindheimer Chapter (Comal County ) has their native plant sale on 13th & 14th April at Folk Fest in New Braunfels. https://npsot.org/wp/lindheimer/events/
NPSOT also have a Native Landscape Certification Program – were you can learn about native plants and using them in your landscape. This link, https://npsot.org/wp/sanantonio/native-landscape-certification-program/ is from the San Antonio Chapter website and shows you the different levels of certification available. Levels 1 and 2 are available at SABOT during March. Check out your local chapter for information too. For example the Lindheimer Chapter is sponsoring Level 1 at the Tye Preston Library in May.
San Antonio Garden Center
San Antonio Garden Center Annual Plant Sale includes pollinator plants and native plants for sale. I like this organization because they raise money for college scholarships.
Friday Mar 15th – Saturday Mar 16th is their plant sale. http://sanantoniogardencenter.org/annual-plant-sale/
San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT)
This is a lovely place to visit and you can learn so much just walking around the gardens. Some of the classes they have going right now are Hill Country native plant workshops – a hands on workshop with a bit of volunteer work thrown in for the gardens. This class is free and I’m going on one at the end of the month with my friend, Lee. http://www.sabot.org/events-listing/
SABOT also have regular walks on a theme – native plants, water savers etc. These walks are free with entry into the gardens but you need to register online. Check out their calendars and see what interests you. http://www.sabot.org/walks/
Apart from the fact that it’s a wonderful place to visit, I love SABOT because of all the classes & camps they hold for children. They have one of the oldest youth gardening programs in the Nation! Teaching our kids to be good stewards of our land is the way we need to go to protect our future.
Membership at SABOT gives you free access to the gardens and many of their programs, like the walks. It would make a great gift for the gardener in your life or a lovely gift for yourself.
The SABOT Spring / Spring Break plant sale is March 9th – 11th. Entry to the plant sale is free (a fee to enter the gardens). http://www.sabot.org/spring-break-at-the-garden/ There is also a Fall plant sale at SABOT.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
I know this is a bit of a drive from the San Antonio area but so very worthwhile. Like SABOT, they have a lot of classes available for adults and children. Of particular note are a series of classes on small or large lot landscaping, using native plants, pest managements etc. You can register for one or all the classes in the series & you can be sure to learn buckets of information. https://www.wildflower.org/event/native-plants-intro
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th April are the dates of for their big Spring native plant sale (also one in the Fall). Friday is the members only day and a great reason to get a membership to the Center. I always plan to get there early as it can get really busy in the afternoons. At that point I want to be traveling home for a cup of tea with my feet up!
Even if you know nothing about native plants, I challenge you to go to one of these native plant sales and bring home a new plant for your garden. I find that the staff or volunteers at these events are more than happy to share their knowledge and help you to pick a good plant for your landscape. If you read my recent blog about Winter Tree Fest, you’ll know that I came home with a couple of new plants for my garden. I chose those plants just from talking with the volunteers about my garden. Honestly, I’d never heard about shrubby boneset or mountain torchwood before that trip!!
Let me know what new plants you find for your garden.