Adkins Arboretum to host open house, plant sale
RIDGELY — Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, recently announced its spring open house and native plant sale weekend, April 28 to 30.
The sale benefits the arboretum’s education programs, and affords the public an opportunity to learn about Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.
Plants for sale include a variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering shrubs, and trees for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project.
Tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo, while native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds. Cardinal flower, ferns and Joe-pye attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of bloom colors.
From 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, the public is invited to shop the arboretum’s native plants. Live music, light fare, a silent auction and a cash wine and beer bar will begin at 4 p.m., and the drawing of the winning ticket for the arboretum’s native table raffle will take place.
The open house continues Saturday and Sunday with plant sales, music by Driven Women, guided walks, coffee, pastries for sale by Steve Konopelski of Denton’s Turnbridge Point Bed and Breakfast and more. Saturday, the open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Following the open house, plants will be for sale at the visitor’s center throughout the growing season.
The arboretum is a participating nursery in the Marylanders Plant Trees native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount. Some of the special larger trees available for this discount include birch, dogwood, redbud and magnolia.
The arboretum gift shop will be open during the nursery’s opening day, and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members receive a 10 percent discount on plant, gift shop and book purchases. Members at the Contributor level ($100) and above receive a 20 percent discount on plants.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the arboretum is the region’s resource for native plants and education programs about nature, ecology and wildlife conservation gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410634-2847, ext. 0.