The beauty of using native plants in your garden is the variety of local wildlife you will attract. Birds, bees, and butterflies will all flock to your yard once they see them.

Forget the trendy Knockout roses and put in some native species of perennials in your garden this season. Though the flowers may not be as showy, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing they'll require much less upkeep in the long run.

Event Details for the Arlington County Native Plant Sale

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019 (pickup pre-orders May 3-4) | 1–4 p.m.
WHERE: Long Branch Nature Center | 625 South Carlin Springs Road | Arlington, VA

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If you want something in particular, you can pre-order your plants using this ordering page. Pick up your purchases at your convenience either May 3 or May 4. All plants must be picked up by 4 p.m. on May 4, 2019.

How to Use Native Plants in Your Garden

  • First, determine where you want to put them in your yard. Is it full sun, part shade, dry or wet after it rains?
  • Think about if you want flowering or fruiting specimens. That will help guide your purchases as well. You don't want to attract deer if you have a vegetable garden!
  • Last, read up on proper spacing and buy the correct number of plants. You don't want to overcrowd them, and native plants tend to be hardy, spreading varieties.

For more information, visit the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Facebook page for updates and announcements. You can also post questions for the event coordinator there.

**All photos in this article are courtesy of the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Are you going to the Arlington Native Plant Sale this spring? What varieties are you planting in your garden this year? Drop us a line in the comments!