Grab Some Plants

It’s that time of year–starting this weekend and going for the next month, every single plant-related organization, business, club, what-have-you is holding their annual spring plant sale!

Of course, DC State Fair’s Seedling Swap on Saturday, May 5, at 14th & U Farmers Market is your go-to source to share local seedlings with your neighbors–FOR FREE–but there are many, many, many, many other goings-on in the DC area in the coming weeks. Here is just a few for you to check out (big hat-tip to Kathy Jentz of Washington Gardener–most of these events come from her monthly e-newsletter events listing).

The events start as early as this weekend–celebrate Earth Day by buying plants for your garden! Most events below are rain or shine–we gardeners are hardy folk! Announcements are linked for more information. Some events are further out than those of us who use only bikeshare can accommodate, but certainly those of you with a vehicle will enjoy the travel!

Saturday, April 21, 8 AM to 4 PM
Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park Annual Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale
Herbs and veggies will be on sale from Mount Vernon and Layng & Company. There are crafts made by local artisans, children’s activities, live performances, and history interpreters. Admission is free–proceeds from the sale benefit the museum and garden. Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

Saturday, April 21, 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, April 22, 10 AM to 5 PM
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival
Historic Downtown Leesburg will host more than 150 vendors with landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs, and more.

Friday, April 27, 1 PM to 4 PM and Saturday, April 28, 9 AM to 4 PM
Friends of the National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale
One of the largest garden fairs in the area, the FONA garden fair and plant sale will have tons of landscaping plants, houseplants, edibles, garden crafts, and other items from local and national wholesale growers. Plus, the azaleas will be in bloom throughout the Arboretum. 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Saturday, April 28, 8 AM to noon
Historic London Town and Gardens Spring Plant Sale
The sale will have perennials, heirloom vegetables, annuals, and other plants. 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.

Thursday, May 3, 7 AM to 1 PM
Bethesda Community Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Mostly perennials with some annuals, veggies, and herbs. Plant sale proceeds benefit various community projects including landscaping at Bethesda and Davis libraries. Held at the Bethesda Farm Women’s Market, 7155 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Saturday, May 5, 9 AM to 3 PM
Edible & Native Plant Sale
Something to check out after the DC State Fair Seedling Swap: Brookside Gardens will have edible and native plants for sale, including vegetables, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, vines, and pollinator-attracting plants. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902.

Saturday, May 5, 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, May 6, 9 AM to 3 PM
Franciscan Monastery Annual Herb and Plant Sale
Another post-Seedling-Swap option! Known for their roses, the Fransciscan Monastery will also be selling other landscape plants, herbs, blueberries, grapes, and raspberries. The Monastery’s famous honey and their beeswax soap will also be on sale in limited quantities. 1400 Quincy Street, Washington, DC 20017.

Sunday, May 6, 10 AM to 3 PM
Glencarlyn Flower and Herb Sale
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 30 S. Kensington St., Arlington, VA 22204.

Saturday May 12, 8 AM to noon
Beltsville Garden Club Spring Plant Sale
Annuals, vegetables, and herbs in addition to perennials, shrubs, and trees. Held in the parking lot of High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Saturday, May 12, 8 AM to 3 PM
44th Annual Cylburn Arboretum Market Day
Natives, perennials, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, annuals, and roses, plus garden supplies, books, and more from a variety of vendors. Admission free, but parking is $5 to $10. Held at Clyburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209.

Saturday, May 12, 9 AM to 1 PM
Silver Spring Garden Club Garden Mart
Perennials, herbs, native plants, shrubs, annuals, houseplants, heirloom tomatoes and peppers, and other vegetables. At Brookside Gardens Visitor’s Center grounds, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902.

Saturday, May 12, 9 AM to 3 PM
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Plant Sale
Broad selection of plants grown in MGNV demonstration gardens by Master Gardeners. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312.

Save the Date
Saturday, June 16 10am
Washington Gardener Magazine’s DC Plant Swap
Come with plants to swap or a snack to share if you are plant-less. Free and open to anyone to attend. At the H Street FreshFarm Farmers Market in NE Washington, DC.

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