Spring 2020 Native Plant Sale

The Spring Native Plant Sale has been cancelled. We are converting this event to a timed pick-up of presale orders only. Based on current guidelines and your help, we feel we can do this safely. You will be contacted when your order is ready and to arrange your pick-up time. Thank you for your patience and support! 

The presale order deadline has been extended to April 16. To guarantee your best selection of native perennials, flowering trees and shrubs, ferns, vines, and grasses for your garden, consider placing your order by April 2.

Click here to view plants and place an order.


Details for timed pick-up of plant orders

  • We will be pulling together orders the week of April 20 in the order they were received.  
  • You will be contacted to arrange a pick-up time when your order has been pulled and double-checked. We hope to begin the timed pick-up process Wednesday, April 22, and will work with you to find a time that is convenient for you. Our plan is to have no more than three purchasers arrive in each half-hour time slot.  
  • Purchasers are to arrive at the top of their half-hour time slot to be let in the Service Gate entrance. We will direct you to your marked order for you to load into your vehicle. If you need help loading your order, please let us know when we set up your pick-up time. We will be happy to load for you, we just need to know ahead of time.
  • If we are unable to completely fill your order, we will process a refund electronically for you.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this process. 


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 sells plastic rain barrels that are 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 and add interest and beauty to the garden. We source our rain barrels from Rain Barrel International, which recycles food-grade barrels and turns them into rain barrels.

Rain barrels are $50; to purchase one, inquire at the Front Desk.

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