Native Plant Sales and Festivals

Rudbeckia and Coneflower, informal cottage garden style
Rudbeckia and Coneflower, informal cottage garden style

Native plant sales are opportunities to learn about new plants and your local habitats and ecosystems. Native plants, those plants indigenous to a specific area, are what create habitats and biomes. If a ecosystem is dominated by non-native plants you have a botanical garden but not a naturally functioning ecosystem. If you want  understand the importance of native plants read my post, Why Native Plants? 

Use a search engine to find local places that sell the native plant you want. Type in the “name” of the plant to create a listing or nurseries or seed companies.


Trout Lilies and Dutchmen's Breeches Flowers in Bloom in Early Spring. Photo by Donna L. Long.
Trout Lilies and Dutchmen’s Breeches Flowers in Bloom in Early Spring. Photo by Donna L. Long.

Find a Native Plant Sale

I used to create a list of native plants sales in the area. It was a lot of work. These listings are not endorsements. I wish I could by plants from all the sales, but it is just not possible.

PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Area Native Plant Nurseries

Philadelphia and the Delaware ValleyPlant Sales and Festivals – Featuring Natives – PA Native Plant Society – Thank goodness the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society has started listing the sales.

PA native plant nurseries– PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Where to Buy Native Plants

MidAtlantic region, try the sales calendar – For plants sales in the wider

New England area – Native Plants Trust, Buy Native Plants

NationwideHomegrown national Park


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Buy Seeds

Botanical Interests carries seeds of some common native plants, particularly pollinator and butterfly plants. (This affiliate links helps to support this blog. If you purchase items through the link, I earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

Video: Doug Tallamy, Why Native Plants?

No one can explain it better than Doug Tallamy the entomologist who wrote the books, Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Last Best affiliate links pays a commission to support this blog at no extra cost to you. 

Native Plant Articles

Why Native Plants?

My Love Affair with Native Plants

Clumping for Neatness: Tidy Native Plants

Native Plants with Neat Growing Habits

A List of Common Exotic Invasive Plants


Native Plants and Animals

The Relationship Between Birds, Berries and Fruit

Native Fruits and Berries for Birds


Plant Lists by Season

Spring Blooming Native Plants of Philadelphia

Spring Blooming Plants to Attract Bumble Bees

Summer Blooming Native Plants in Philadelphia

Summer into Fall Blooming Plants

Summer-into-Fall Blooming Native Plants for Philadelphia

Native Plants for a Sunny, Dry Garden

pdf – Common trees of PA


Plant Galleries

Spring Blooming Native Plants Photo Gallery


Fall Aster blossom in my garde
Fall Aster blossom in my garden. Photo by Donna L . Long.

Books on Gardening with Native Plants

A list of books on native plant gardening for the United States and Canada. This are affiliate links to If you purchase and item using these links, I earn a commission to support this blog at no extra cost to you!

Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History  by Carol Gracie

Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening & Conservation by Donald J. Leopold

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape by Tony Dove

Native Plants for New England Gardens by New England Wild Flower Society

Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden by Alan Branhagan

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest 3rd Edition by Arthur R. Kruckeberg (Author), Linda Chalker-Scott 

Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden by Larry Mellinchamp 

The Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-Water Landscape by Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren 

Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest 2nd Edition by George Oxford Miller

Native Plants for the Short Season Yard: Best Picks for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones by Lyndon Penner

100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens by Lorraine Johnson 

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