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Cape Fear Native Plant Festival-Re-Imagined!

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The Cape Fear Native Plant Festival is being re-imagined for 2024! 
The Native Plant Alliance will host the 9th Annual Native Plant Festival September 18-21, 2024 with evening speakers on September 18, 19, and 20 at the New Hanover County Arboretum. On Saturday, September 21st, visitors can shop at our plant vendors throughout the Cape Fear Region. We will no longer have the festival onsite at the Arboretum. Please visit this page for more details as we get closer to the event.
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 and When to Learn
We will feature speakers in the evenings leading up to the Festival at the New Hanover County Arboretum.
Speaker Schedule
  • Wednesday, September 18th, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Nature at Home for HOAs, New Hanover Extension Master Gardeners
  • Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Native Plant Propagation Workshop, Karen Mulcahy, Owner of Above the Briery Nursery
  • Friday, September 20th, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Keynote Speaker Roger Shew, UNCW Earth and Ocean Sciences Professor
Where and When 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 on Saturday, September 21st. Some locations will host multiple vendors.

1. Pender Pines Garden Center – 20949 Hwy 17, Hampstead, 28443
2. Blooms & Branches Garden Center – 5523 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, 28403
3. Wild Bird and Garden – 3501 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, 28403
  •      Going Native Gardens
  •      My Garden Plant Company
4. The Garden Shop on Moss – 1942 Moss St, Wilmington, 28403
5. Shelton Herb Farm – 340 Goodman Rd NE, Leland, 28451
  •      Flytrap Jones
  •      Grizz’s Nursery
  •      Above the Briery, LLC
  •      Wild Meadow Farm
  •      Sorrell’s Lawn Care & Nursery
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand at Pender Pines and Shelton Herb Farm to answer gardening related questions and to speak with visitors about how they can add well adapted native plants to their own gardens to help support insects and wildlife.
We hope you’ll join us at the 2024 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.