Penstemon and prairie phlox are some of the hardy plants that can be found at local native plant sales. Photo courtesy of the Heard Museum.
April 13, 2021
Restoring native plants to our yards is of the most important things we can do to help our ecosystems.
There are many benefits for both humans and critters.
Native plants typically are more drought tolerant and require less water than exotic species. They also provide food for pollinators, caterpillars and other wildlife.
Fortunately, it's getting easier to find them in garden centers such as North Haven Gardens in Dallas and Painted Flower Farm in Denton. On the west side of the Metroplox, there's Weston Gardens, Archie's Gardenland and the online store EcoBlossom in Fort Worth. Stuart's in Weatherford also carries some natives.
Meanwhile, the grassroots native plant movement continues to grow.
The Native Plant Society of Texas, headquartered in Fredericksburg, was an early promoter of Texas flora. Founded in 1981, it's been encouraging conservation, research and the use of native plants for four decades.
We're fortunate to have several chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas in our region along with other institutions dedicated to promoting native plants.
While many volunteer-run native plant sales were put on hold last year due to the pandemic, some organizations are opening their sales back up this spring.
We’ve compiled a list: ;
Where: Fielder House Museum, 1616 West Abram Street, Arlington
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
About: Featuring Texas native plants and other plants grown in club members' gardens.
Photo courtesy of the Heard Museum.
Where: 1 Nature Place , McKinney
When: Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Members only pre-sale April 23, noon to 7 p.m.
About: The sale will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs and well-adapted plants, including a selection of native milkweed plants. Volunteers from the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter and the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists will be available in order to help you select your new plants.
Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth
When: Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About: The event will be held outdoors at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Free admission.
Courtesy of Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas Chapter.
May 1 • New listing!
Where: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Rd, Dallas
When: 9 a.m. to Noon.
About: Find us under the Master Gardener's Raincatcher's Pavilion. Feel free to walk the Raincatcher's Garden while you're here! Masks must be worn and social distancing protocols followed.
Where: RIver Legacy Park, 701 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd. at the Elm Grove Pavilion, Arlington
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About: Shop for hard-to-find native ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees. Get there early!
Don't see your favorite native plant sale or venue on the list? Email [email protected].
Tinsley Native Plant Garden at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Photo by Julie Thibodeaux.
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