(RIDGELY, MD—August 11, 2017)
Enjoy fall in the garden! Adkins Arboretum will hold its annual Fall Open House and Native Plant Sale Friday through Sunday, September 8–10, 2017 at the Arboretum in Ridgely, Md. The sale will be held at the Visitor’s Center.
The Arboretum offers the Chesapeake region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses. Many native plants produce seeds, flowers and fruit in fall that attract migratory birds and butterflies. Brilliant orange butterfly weed and stunning red cardinal flower attract pollinators to the garden, while native asters add subtle shades of purple and blue. Redbud and dogwood dot the early-spring landscape with color, and shrubs such as aronia and beautyberry provide food and habitat for wildlife.
Fall is the best season for planting. Trees and shrubs planted in fall have a chance to set roots before the heat and stress of summer. The Arboretum participates in the Marylanders Plant Trees program, an initiative by the State of Maryland to encourage residents to plant native trees. The program offers a $25 coupon toward purchase of native trees that retail for $50 or more.
The Open House begins on Friday, September 8, 2017. Shopping hours begin at 10 a.m., and the public is invited from 4 to 6 p.m. for light fare, live music, a cash wine and beer bar, a silent auction and shopping in a fun and festive atmosphere. Plant sales continue Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. Members receive a significant discount on plant purchases. Presale plant orders will be accepted at adkinsplants.com through Sunday, August 20, 2017 and may be picked up anytime during the Open House weekend.
Several education programs coincide with the Open House weekend. On September 9th, veteran birder Wayne Bell will lead a migratory bird walk beginning at 8 a.m., and award-winning floral designer Samantha McCall will present Earth-Friendly Floral Designs from 1 to 2 p.m. Advance registration is requested for the bird walk and required for the floral design workshop at adkinsarboretum.org.
Open House visitors can also learn about the Arboretum’s Native Landscape Design Center, a unique offering that pairs homeowners with a landscape designer to create a beautiful and affordable native landscape that benefits wildlife and the environment. Lead designer Chris Pax will offer a free drop-in program from 11 a.m. to noon on Sat., Sept. 9. She’ll discuss plants for sale and where to plant them, and will be available to answer questions afterward.
Proceeds from plants sold at the Fall Open House benefit the Arboretum’s education programs. For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.