FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—MARCH 17, 2012)
Adkins Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery, offering the Chesapeake Bay gardener the largest selection of ornamental native plants for more than 10 years, will celebrate its 2012 nursery opening weekend Sat. and Sun., April 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center in Ridgely. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Following the sale weekend, the nursery will be open to the public during the growing season, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends by appointment.
Plants for sale will include a broad selection of perennials, ferns, vines, grasses, and flowering shrubs and trees for spring planting. Native plant garden packages will also be offered. 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.
In addition, the Arboretum is a participating nursery in the Marylanders Plant Trees native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount. The white oak, Adkins Arboretum’s 2012 Native Tree of the Year, qualifies for this program.
Author Barbara Glickman and renowned photographer Valerie Brown will be on hand on Sat., April 14 to sign their book, Capital Splendor. The book features stunning photos and in-depth essays on more than thirty notable gardens in the Washington, DC, region, including Adkins Arboretum.
The Arboretum gift shop will be open and will offer books and other great gifts for gardeners. Members receive a 10% discount on plants, gift shop items and new books. Members at the Contributor level ($100) and above receive a 20% discount on plant purchases.
A sale day for members will be held Fri., April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All members are welcome, and new memberships will be accepted.
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 left 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.
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 or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.
Photo: Blue wild indigo (Baptisia australis, foreground) and trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens, background) are among the flowering perennials for sale at Adkins Arboretum during its Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend, April 13–15, and throughout the growing season.