The Native Plant Nursery is open for the season! 

Plant Sales

2014 Native Plant Nursery Open House

Fall is the best time to plant! The Arboretum's Native Plant Nursery offers the Chesapeake region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses.  

Enjoy a fall Open House at the Nursery September 13 and 14, with a special members' day on Friday, September 12. Visit the native gardens, join horticulturalist Eric Wittman to learn how to incorporate more native plants into your landscape, learn about the Nursery's propagation program, and shop for plants.   

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

The event is crowded, so please leave dogs at home. For additional information, call 410-634-2847 ext. 0, e-mail, or visit

Members-Only Day
Friday, September 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 
Shop on the Members-Only day for the best selection of plants. New members are welcome! 

Public Open House Days
Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, September 14, noon–4 p.m.

Used Book Sale
The Arboretum is accepting donations of gardening and nature-themed books and magazines for a book sale during the plant sale. Donations may be dropped off at the Arboretum Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Shop for books and magazines at great prices on the sale days!

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. The Nursery opens for the season in mid-April and closes for the winter on November 1.

Native Plant Nursery Hours
Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., mid-April through October
Weekend hours by arrangement.

For more information about special orders, special pick-ups, help with restoration projects plant choices, or pricing for nonprofits or commercial contractors, contact Nursery Manager Joanne Healey at 410.634.2847 x32 or

Rain Barrels

Plant Sales

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