Spring Native Plant Sale fundraiser
The 33rd Annual Spring Native Plant Sale fundraiser at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants.
For over 30 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to purchase some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and obtain many rare plants. The Heard’s plant sale will also feature a selection of native milkweed plants.
Moreover, volunteers from the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter and the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists will be available to help you select your new plants.
Remaining List as of 3 p.m. 4/30/22
(Note: two species not recorded)
Allium canadense canadense Wild Garlic
Allium canadense var. hyacinthoides Hyacinth Onion
Allium stellatum Fall Onion
Amsonia ciliata Creeping Blue Star
Berlandiera lyrata Chocolate Flower
Bouteloua dactyloides Buffalo Grass
Calyptocarpus vialis Horseherb
Carex sp. Webberville Sedge
Dalea sp. Mixed Mix and Match White, Purple Daleas
Desmanthus illinoensis Illinois Bundleflower
Hedeoma reverchonii v. reverchonii Reverchon’s False Pennyroyal
Liatris hesperelegans Pinkscale Blazing Star
Liatris squarrosa Scaly Blazing Star
Marsilia macropoda Clover Fern
Packera obovata Golden Groundsel
Phemeranthus parviflorus Flame Flower
Rynchospora colorata White Top Sedge
Silphium laciniatum Compass Plant
Silphium radula Rosinweed
Sorghastrum nutans ‘Sioux Blue’ Sioux Blue Indian Grass
Thelesperma filifolium Greenthread
Tradescantia tharpii Tharp’s Spiderwort
All plant species are subject to availability, which may vary, particularly as the sale progresses. Prices are determined by pot size, which varies by plant species.
Open to the Public
April 30, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
May 1, 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Plants subject to availability. LIMITED QUANTITIES/SPECIES REMAIN.
Museum admission is not required to attend the public days of this sale.
There are a number of other benefits to using native plants in landscaping. In fact, using these plants that are naturally suited to Texas’ hydrologic issues is an excellent way to reduce supplemental watering. As a result, many of the native plant species are also better suited to Texas’ climate and provide food sources and habitat for many kinds of wildlife.
The plant sale will feature a selection of native milkweed plants. Monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, a species suffering from major decline in recent years, is dependent on milkweeds. This is the only plant species that their caterpillars can eat. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much of the milkweed from the landscape, leaving them with a limited food supply. Scientists believe this to be one of the causes of the Monarch population decreases. By purchasing and planting milkweed to help feed Monarch butterfly caterpillars, North Texans will be able to both help the recovery of this species and support the Heard, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Learn more about gardening for butterflies and other pollinators in the Butterfly Gardening section of our Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden page.
Are you looking for more information on how to use native plants in your landscape? During the plant sale, a number of very knowledgeable volunteers will be available to answer questions. Below, you will also find resources from a variety of organizations.
The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard’s mission of bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. The Heard is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Pre-Sale (Members* Only)
April 29, 4 P.M. – 7 P.M.
Open to the Public
April 30, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
May 1, 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.
*Memberships will be available for purchase at the Pre-sale. They are also available online before the event through our Membership page. The presale event is reserved for current Heard Museum members only. As a result, guests may not be admitted.
Would you like to learn more about the plants available at the Heard’s Spring Plant Sale before you arrive? We’re offering Heard Museum Members a unique benefit: a virtual sneak preview webinar on April 13 at 7 p.m. (via Zoom).
At this exclusive presentation, the Heard’s Native Gardens Manager, Amy Monroy, will offer a segment on gardening for butterflies and other pollinators. Carol Clark and Dr. Bill Woodfin, knowledgeable native plant enthusiasts and members of Collin County Chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas, will present segments about using native plants in shaded settings and gardening for birds (including hummingbirds). Bill Freiheit will also share his insights into several of the rare plants he has grown for our sale.
We’ll also offer a Q&A segment so that participants will have a chance to get answers to follow-up questions that may arise. You’ll gain a new appreciation for many wonderful native Texas plants!
If you attend this virtual preview of the plant sale, Meet the Plants, you will automatically be entered into two drawings. The winners of these drawings will receive access to a separate, private half-hour consultation held at a later date. In these additional sessions, Amy or Carol will help the winners of the drawings plan out their native plant needs. And, they’ll be able to ask further questions they might have about problem areas.
This program is free for Heard Museum members.
April 13, 2022
*Memberships are also available online before the event through our Membership page. This event is is reserved for current Heard Museum members only. As a result, guests may not be admitted.
Pre-registration is required and limited to Heard Museum members.* To participate, please sign up here.
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