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8th Annual Native Plant Festival at the New Hanover County Arboretum

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The Native Plant Alliance will host the 8th Annual Native Plant Festival at the New Hanover County Arboretum on Saturday, September 16th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The mission of the Native Plant Festival is to educate the public on the benefits and importance of native plants for our local ecosystems, and to promote and support native plant growers to increase demand and supply of native plants in our region.
Where to Learn
The on-site Festival at the Arboretum will feature hands-on activities from educational exhibitors. There will also be a native plant speaker series in our Education Center.
Speaker Schedule
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Matt Collogan, N.C. Cooperative Extension, “Nature at Home”
  • 12 p.m.-1 p.m.: Keynote Speaker, Justin Robinson, NC Natural Heritage Program, “A Botanical History of the United States”
  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Amy Mead, N.C. Cooperative Extension, “Plant This Instead! Eco-friendly Alternatives to Harmful Ornamental Plants”
  • 2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Dru Harrison, New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, “Stormwater 101”
Where to BuyPlants will not be For Sale at the Arboretum

Native Plants will be available for sale at various vendors throughout the Cape Fear Area. Some locations will host multiple vendors.

1. Pender Pines Garden Center – 20949 Hwy 17, Hampstead, 28443
2. Branches & Blooms Garden Center – 5523 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, 28403
3. Wild Bird and Garden – 3501 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, 28403
  •      Going Native Gardens
4. The Garden Shop on Moss – 1942 Moss St, Wilmington, 28403
  •      Sorrell’s Lawn Care and Nursery
5. Shelton Herb Farm – 340 Goodman Rd NE, Leland, 28451
  •      Flytrap Jones
  •      Grizz’s Nursery
  •      Above the Briery
  •      Wild Meadow Farms
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand at the Arboretum Plant Clinic, Pender Pines, and Shelton Herb Farm to answer gardening related questions. Docents will be available in the Arboretum’s Native Plant Garden to speak with visitors about how they can add well adapted native plants to their own gardens to help support insects and wildlife. We’ll also have a wonderful Seed Swap booth where you can receive free seeds!
We hope you’ll join us at the 2023 Native Plant Festival to Learn, Grow, and Conserve our precious natural resources!
The Native Plant Alliance is grateful for the support of our sponsor, the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum.