28th Annual Spring Plant Sale
Please take note of the varying event times for each day.
Open to Public
Admission to museum not required to attend Plant Sale
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1-5 p.m.
- Friday, April 21, 2017, 4-7 p.m.*
*Memberships will be available for purchase at the Members-Only Presale or online before the event by clicking here. The Heard Museum Members-Only Presale is reserved for those persons with current Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary memberships only. Guests may not be admitted.
We are located at 1 Nature Place, McKinney, Texas 75069 (Collin County). For directions, click here.
(Current as of 4/21/17)
Click here to learn about special programs scheduled to complement the plant sale.
For 28 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to purchase plants from a huge selection of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens at the annual Spring Plant Sale. This year, we are offering natives, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants.
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.
At a Glance
- Native plants
- Hard-to-find herbs
- Well-adapted plants
- Native milkweed plants
- Nectar plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators
- All sales tax-free
- Free parking
- Admission to museum not required to attend Plant Sale
- Get free information about the available plants
- Guests welcome to bring their own cart
- Proceeds benefit the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Meet the Plants: Preview of the Native Plants of the 2017 Heard Plant Sale
Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Get a personal introduction to the plants we'll feature at the sale and more. Click here to learn more
Howard Garrett Book Signing
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Howard Garrett is one of the leaders in the research, education and promotion of natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health and pest control and how to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. He recently released an updated version of his book, The Organic Manual, which covers everything from bed preparation to tree planting. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garrett will be on hand to answer questions and sign books. Proceeds from copies of his books sold during the Heard Plant Sale benefit the Heard. Click here to learn more about Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor.
Multiply the Monarchs
Known for its incredible ability to migrate hundreds of miles, the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, has suffered from population decline in recent years. As of last year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services estimated that the Monarch population had plummeted by 90% over the previous 20 years. Studies seem to indicate populations increased some last year, but there is still a great deal of work to be done if this species is to be preserved.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs only on milkweed plants. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.). They search for patches of milkweed, which can grow as far north as southern Canada. 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 population decreases.
This year, the Spring Plant Sale at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a selection of native milkweed plants. By purchasing and planting milkweed to help feed Monarch butterfly caterpillars, North Texans will be able to help the recovery of this species and support the Heard, a private 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization. This sale will also feature native flowering plants that provide nectar for the adult butterflies.
About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in McKinney, Texas (Collin County). 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. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more about the Heard, click here.