Adkins Arboretum Announces Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - APRIL 20, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum's native plant nursery opening weekend sale will be Sat. and Sun., May 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor's Center in Ridgely, Md. Come early for the best selection of plants. The sale benefits the Arboretum's education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva's native flora. Following the sale weekend, the Arboretum nursery will be open to the public during the growing season, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Plants for sale will include a broad selection of flowering trees and shrubs, perennials, ferns, vines and grasses for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo, while native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds. Cardinal flower, ferns and Joe-pye attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of bloom colors.

The Arboretum is participating in Maryland DNR's special native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant and gardening questions, and there will be a sale of gently used nature-themed books and magazines. The Arboretum gift shop will be open and will offer books and other great gifts for gardeners. In addition, rain barrels will be available to purchase or to order. Members receive a 10% discount on plants, gift shop items and new books.

A sale day for members will be held Fri., May 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All members are welcome, and new memberships will be accepted. On Thurs., May 6, join the plant sale preview walk from 1 to 2 p.m. to see what new plants are offered and learn about perennial favorites. Plants won't be for sale this day, but it's a great opportunity to ask questions and plan your spring garden.

Donations of garden books, field guides and gardening/landscaping magazines for the used book sale are greatly appreciated. The sale helps support the Arboretum's library. Books may be dropped off at the Visitor's Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.