2014 Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend
April 11-13

Prepare for spring in the garden! The region’s largest selection of ornamental native plants will be for sale, including a broad selection of flowering trees and shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for spring planting. Ornamental native flowers and trees make colorful additions to home landscapes and provide food and habitat for wildlife. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, and Arboretum docents will be on hand to lead guided walks. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and introduces the public to the beauty and benefit of gardening with native plants.

This spring the Opening Weekend will be held in the Visitor's Center front parking area. Following the sale, Nursery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, through October.

Members, including those who join on any sale 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.

Sale days are crowded, so please leave dogs at home. For additional information, call 410-634-2847 ext. 0, e-mail, or visit

Members-Only Sale
Friday, April 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Shop the Members-Only Sale for the best selection. New members are welcome! Local musicians Ampersand will play folk and historical music throughout the day.

Public Sale Days
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, noon–4 p.m.
Local musicians Driven Women will play old-time music during sale hours on Saturday.

**Programs on Saturday, April 12 include Designing for Waterfront Landscapes, Natural Egg Dyeing, Beekeeping: Open Hive Frames, and a Second Saturday Nursery Walk.

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!


The Fall Native Plant Sale will be held September 12-14.

Plant Sales

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