Native Plant Festival 9-17-2022

The Native Plant Alliance will host the 7th Annual Native Plant Festival at the New Hanover County Arboretum on Saturday, September 17th from 10am-3pm.  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 such as Wilmington’s Heal our Waterways, NHC Soil and Water Conservation District, Native Plant Society-SE Chapter, Cape Fear Museum, Airlie Gardens, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Coastal Composting Council, NHC Beekeepers, NC Forest Service, NC Coastal Federation, Cape Fear’s Going Green, NHC Vector Control, Friends of the NHC Arboretum, Yaupon Tea Company, NCWF Island Wildlife Chapter, New Hanover and Brunswick Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and others.

We will also host native plant experts in our Education Center.  The speaker schedule is as follows:

11:00am: Nature at Home – certification program promoting nature friendly gardening • Matt Collogan, Consumer Horticulture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension – New Hanover County
12:00 noon: Transform Suburban Spaces to Wildlife Oases – bringing native plants to life in your landscape, one bed at a time • Amy Long, UNCW
1:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Coastal Landscaping Design • Madalyn Baldwin, Assistant Research Professor, NC State University, Coastal Dynamics Design Lab
2:00pm: The Importance of Natives for Birds • Charley Winterbauer, NC Native Plant Society, SE Coastal Chapter

Where to Buy – Plants will not be For Sale at the Arboretum         

Native Plants will be available for sale at various vendors throughout the Cape Fear Area. **Some sites will host multiple vendors:
Blooms+Branches, 5523 Oleander Drive
Carolina Girl Nursery, 7026 Market Street
The Garden Shop by Wild Magnolia Designs, 1942 Moss Street
Shelton Herb Farm, 340 Goodman Rd NE, Leland
**Yemma Farms, Above the Briary, Flytrap Jones, Wild Meadow Farm, Grizz’s Nursery
Wild Bird and Garden, 3501 Oleander Drive
**Sorrel’s Lawn Care and Nursery, Going Native Nursery

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand at the Arboretum Plant Clinic 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 2022 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.  


NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678
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