Whether you’re just starting out or far into building your wildlife habitat, plant sales are a great way to get new plants and also ask questions and get ideas for the short and long term.
We are very lucky, in the St. Louis area, to have a number of events at which Missouri native plants can be purchased.
The Shaw Nature Reserve event webpage (scroll about 2/3 way down the page) has a series of tips for preparing for a plant sale as well as what to do with the plants that you take home.
Bring your Bring Conservation Home report, make a plant list ahead of time, or – if you’re not sure what plants are available – know your space in terms of sunlight, moisture and approximate square footage – so that the sellers can help you choose plants that would be suited to that spot.
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at Kirkwood Farmers’ Market
When: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, 150 East Argonne (Google Map)
Missouri Wildflower Nursery will have a collection of their wonderful Missouri natives.
Pre-Order by Wednesday from their catalog, and they will bring your order to the market on Friday for you to pick up, Mar 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Francois Natives
When: Watch their Facebook page for locations and times.
Where: Planned Schedule
April 15 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
April 15 – Kirkwood Farmers Market
April 22 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
April 22 – Kirkwood Farmers Market
April 23 – St. Louis Earth Day Festival – Sunday Forest Park
April 29 – Chesterfield Earth Day
April 29 – Kirkwood Earth Day
May 6 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
May 6 – Ferguson Farmers Market
May 12 and 13 – Shaw Nature Preserve Mother’s Day Sale
May 20 – Ferguson Farmers Market
May 20 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
May 27 – Alton Farmers Market
May 27 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
June 3 – Ferguson Farmers Market
June 3 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
June 10 – Alton Farmers Market
June 10 – Tower Grove Farmers Market
June 11 – Sustainable Backyard Tour
June 17 – Ferguson Farmers Market
June 20 and later shows will depend on weather and interest.
Spring Fling weekends at the Butterfly House
When: First three weekends in April – 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, 15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 (Google map)
More than 30 species of native plants will be available.
Note: The plant sale is only accessible with admission. Your Missouri Botanical Garden membership may include general admission to the Butterfly House.
Olivette in Bloom Plant Sale
When: Saturday April 29, starts at 9:00 a.m. until sold out
Where: Stacy Park Pavilion, Old Bonhomme Rd. just south of Olive (Google map)
Plants supplied by Missouri Wildflowers Nursery.
“Last year, we sold over 500 plants in 1 hour! So be sure to come on time!”
St. Louis Community College Meramec Horticulture Club Plant Sale
Where: 11333 Big Bend Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122 – West Parking Lot K (Google map)
When: April 27 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Apr 28 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annuals, perennials, vegetables, and natives!
Cash or Check. Proceeds allow students to travel to and attend industry events.
U City in Bloom 2017 Annual Plant Sale
When: Special Friday Plant Sale Opening Night Party is like happy hour with plants you can buy. Friday Apr 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. See link for tickets!
Saturday April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Sunday Apr 30, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Heman Park Community Center, Olive Blvd. west of Midland Blvd. (Google map)
Many of the plants that will be for sale are perennials (including natives) divided and donated from the yards of local University City residents.
Largest Selection of Native Wildflowers Available in the St. Louis Area
Shaw Nature Reserve and several nurseries from throughout the area will offer hundreds of varieties of Missouri native annual and perennial wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs to use in home landscaping and to attract wildlife. The sale will feature the showiest and hardiest native plants for sun or shade, including purple coneflower, butterfly milkweed, blazing star, dwarf crested iris, cardinal flower, compass plant, wild phlox, ostrich fern, red buckeye, fringe tree and short-leaf pine.
Plants will be for sale from Shaw Nature Reserve, Wild Ones, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Forest Keeling Nursery, Andy’s Native Plants, St. Francis Mountain Natives, Garden Green, and Pure Air Native Seeds. All vendor accept cash or checks. Missouri Wildflower Nursery accepts credit cards, cash, or checks. Please pay each vendor separately.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pre-sale for Garden members only
Friday, May 12, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, $3 for seniors 65+ and students. Free to Missouri Botanical Garden Members and Shaw Nature Reserve Passholders and their children (age 18 and under).
Flora Conservancy of Forest Park Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: St. Louis City Greenhouse in Forest Park, 5600 Clayton Ave. (Google map)
Some native plants will be available.
Missouri Prairie Foundation Native Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market Town & Country (Google map)
A wide variety of native perennial wildflowers, grasses, sedges, vines, shrubs, and trees supplied by Gaylena’s Garden of Fulton, MO will be available for sale outside the entrance. Plants for sun, shade, dry and moist soils will be available. Shoppers may preorder plants and have them ready for pick up at the event by calling Gaylena’s Garden at 573-694-4338.