Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sources for Native Plants in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic Region

Are you interested in starting or expanding a native plant garden, but having trouble location native plants? Native plants are indigenous to a particular region and are often the only source of sustenance for native species living in a particular habitat. Habitat erosion, due to overdevelopment or other human intervention, endangers both native plants and animals. While it is illegal to remove the native plants growing wild in woodlands and parks, there are many local resources for learning about and obtaining wildflowers.

Plant NovaNatives, a northern Virginia campaign to bring attention to the importance of native species, provides a comprehensive, downloadable guide to plants that grow best in our region. They also offer community outreach, speakers, and partnerships with plant retailers.

Where to Purchase Native Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region

At a recent Master Gardener Meeting, Pamela Mason, of Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE), provided the following list of native plant resources. If you know of any others, please pipe up! 

1. Brookside Gardens--Wheaton, MD 
50 acres, Butterfly Garden, Annual Native Plant Sale

2. Black Hill Regional Park--Boyds, MD Butterfly Garden, Annual Native Plant Sale

3. Audubon Naturalist Society—Woodend – Chevy Chase, MD
Blair Native Plant Garden (near the bookstore—call for information 301-652-9188)

4. Locust Grove Nature Center – Bethesda, MD
Betsy Dotson Memorial Garden of Native Plants

5.  Adkins Arboretum— Ridgely, MD
400-acre native garden and preserve, native plant sales

6.  U.S. Botanic Garden—Washington, DC
3-acre National Garden features Mid-Atlantic native plants

7. U.S. National Arboretum –Washington, DC  National Herb Garden, other resources

8. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens—Vienna, VA   
95 acres, multiple gardens, VA native plant collections (

9.  Green Spring Garden—Alexandria, VA
27 acres, Demonstration gardens, Native plant information sheets

10.  DC Gardens
Brand new website—DC Gardens—Beyond the Cherry Blossoms

11. Maryland Native Plant Society Resources for native plants

12. Virginia Native Plant Society Resources for native plants

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