**Plants are available for sale at the Visitor's Center. Click here for current availability.** (updated 07/11/18)

2018 Fall Open House & Native Plant Sale

Fall is the best time for planting! Shop the region's largest selection of landscape-ready native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for fall planting. Guided walks, discount for members. Sale days are crowded; please leave dogs at home.


  • Friday, September 7
    Shopping begins at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m., Chris Pax will offer Featured Native Plants, a free program to help identify ideal plants for specific spots in your landscape.

    Join us from 4 to 6 for an early evening of light fare, music, a cash wine and beer bar, and shopping in a fun and festive atmosphere.

  • Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Join Shane Brill at 1 p.m. for Wild Food in Native and Novel Ecosystems. Blur the lines between foraging and gardening and explore the edible potential of the Eastern Shore region with this passionate ecological advocate.

  • Sunday, September 9, noon-4 p.m.


Members, including those who join during the Open House, receive a 10% discount on plants. Members at the Contributor ($100) level and above receive a 20% discount. Join or upgrade your membership to take advantage of this benefit.

At the Nursery

The Adkins Arboretum Native Plant Nursery has offered the Chesapeake Bay gardener the largest selection of ornamental native plants for more than 10 years.

For information about special orders, special pick-ups, help with plant choices for restoration projects, or pricing for nonprofits or commercial contractors, send email to nativeplants@adkinsarboretum.org


Adkins Arboretum’s container grown native plants are guaranteed to be true to name and healthy upon purchase. Please inspect and count all plant material upon receipt. It is our aim to provide quality plant material; however, we do not give a warranty as to the future life of the plants. In rare instances, claims will be considered, and in those cases, it is mutually agreed that Adkins Arboretum’s total liability is limited to refund or replacement.

Regarding Presale Orders:  Native plant presale orders are accepted based on confirmed orders from our network of growers; however, all plant material is subject to crop failures, damage by natural causes, and conditions beyond our control that may render them unavailable for purchase. If one of these instances should arise, we will contact you prior to the plant sale to arrange a replacement if possible, or otherwise will arrange for substitution or refund as requested at the time of order pickup.


Rain Barrels

Plant Sale

The Arboretum recycles heavy plastic barrels, previously used for food storage, to be used to collect and store rainwater for irrigation. The barrels come already retrofitted with hose attachments and screen lids to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs and breeding. They are a fun way to conserve and store water, adding interest and beauty to the garden - especially when painted. Buy one already decorated, or decorate your own!

Unpainted barrels are $95; painted barrels are $120.

Note: Water collected in rain barrels is not to be used for drinking