Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2-7 p.m.

Free admission


We're hosting our third annual Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival Saturday, May 12, from 2-7 p.m. Festival-goers will be able to purchase plants native to the southeastern United States and grown at the Garden's own nursery, as well as plants from several other local nurseries. In addition, attendees will enjoy live music, food trucks, family activities, and tours of the display gardens bursting with spring blooms. Admission is free, and all are invited.

By bringing together a number of native plant vendors, including Niche Gardens, Cure Nursery, Mellow Marsh Farm, and Growing Wild Nursery, we hope to encourage the cultivation of native plants for home landscapes. Many common invasive species in North Carolina, like Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), were originally introduced as ornamental garden plants. Using native plants in a garden not only denies invasive plants an opportunity to spread, it also provides a welcome habitat for native birds and pollinators.

View a list of NCBG Nursery plants that will be available at the sale [PDF].

In addition to plants for sale, participants can take part in face painting, henna tattooing, fairly hair, raffle drawings, bubbles, a plant walk (like a cake walk), and even a special appearance by UNC's Ramses Jr. Local non-profit conservation organizations will be on hand to talk about their work.

Will and Pop's, So Good Pupusas, and Locopops will offer food for purchase, and a live band will provide music.