It’s a fact that native plants help attract birds, bees, butterflies and lots of complementary neighbors to your garden. Don’t have a single native plant in your yard? Sounds like you need to hit up the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s annual Fall Native Plant Sale on October 25-26 where you’ll find nearly 60 species of plant to choose from. Just remember, the early bird gets the worm.
The early bird should also bring a wagon if she owns one (the arboretum will have only a limited number available for use) for hauling your bounty of native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees—from milkweed to blue mistflower to rosinweed and big bluestem. There will be a load-in area for customers, too.
Admission is free, and plants will set you back $4.50 for 4-inch containers, $9 for gallons, $12 for milkweed, and $30 for 3 to 5 gallons. Arboretum members also receive discounts on all plant purchases.
Proceeds from the plant sale benefit the Arboretum’s conservation and education efforts, which—from the upgrades to its facilities to the firefly outings to the medicinal herb classes—we already know are downright incredible. So why not contribute to something great while also helping your backyard become the pocket prairie it deserves to be?
The Houston Arboretum Fall Native Plant Sale is October 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park at the 610 Entrance, 120 West Loop North (between Post Oak Boulevard and Woodway Drive), for the easiest access. More details at houstonarboretum.org.