Spring Native Plant Sale fundraiser
The 32nd 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 to 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 in order to help you select your new plants.
Our 2021 plant list is coming soon! Would you like a notification when we post it? Please fill out this form.
Museum admission is not required to attend this sale.
April 23, 12 P.M. – 7 P.M.
Open to the Public
April 24, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
April 25, 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.-
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Face Mask Requirements
Executive Order GA-34, Section 4 states: “Nothing in this executive order precludes businesses or other establishments from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including the wearing of a face covering.”
Therefore, per CDC guidance, the Heard will require face masks that cover the nose and mouth for all visitors and employees when they are in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to other visitors (who are not in your visiting group), Heard staff or any captive animals* at the Heard (including those on the outdoor exhibit trail). This guideline applies in both indoor spaces as well as those as outdoors including, but not limited to, special events such as the Spring Native Plant Sale, the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden, the Animals of the World Exhibit trail, the Pioneer Village and picnic areas. We reserve the right to ask any visitor that chooses not to comply to leave the property without refund.**
**Executive Order GA-34, Section 2, Subsection iii: “…a legally authorized official may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner.”
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*A number of animal species have already been shown to be susceptible to COVID-19. Scientists are also still working to determine the risks to additional species. Please help us keep our animal ambassadors safe. Learn More
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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.