Event's DetailsCome join us at the Arboretum for the 3rd Annual Native Plant Festival. Learn about what is native to the Cape Fear Region and get tips on what could succeed in your garden. Stroll through the newly created Native Plant Garden, purchase native plants from local vendors, grab a bite at one of the food trucks. For the kids and "young at heart" there will be music, lawn games, story time, and crafts. It’s free, it’s fun, and the grounds are beautiful!
Visit the Arboretum’s varied garden areas, including the newest demonstration garden dedicated to native plants of coastal North Carolina--a great chance to see what native plants might actually look like in your yard. Learn how to plant a home garden incorporating beautiful native plants that thrive in coastal Carolina. Our natives flourish with less water, fertilizer, and insecticides than many imported, non-native plants. Local vendors of native plants currently scheduled are Grizz’s Nursery, Heather Kelejian, Joyce Huguelet, Lumber River Nursery, My Garden Plants Company, Olski’s Heirloom Nursery, and Shelton Herb Farm.
Horticultural experts will give presentations on plants, pollinators, and storm-water management. More than two dozen education exhibitors and vendors will offer information on plants, soil, water, pests and pest control, bees, trees and birds. There will be a seed swap and seed give-away, and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.
Children and adults alike will love Audubon’s “Discover the Wonder of Birds” exhibit, and the raptor rescue exhibit is bringing a live bird of prey! Librarians from New Hanover County Public Library will bring gardening books that you may check out as if you were at the library, and Susan Savia will bring her guitar and sing songs for children. More activities for children will include garden activities, making crafts, a scavenger hunt, and lawn games.
Three food trucks are scheduled, with sweet and savory offerings: Granny Niece’s Ice Cream, T'Geaux Boys, and The Little Chef Food Truck.
New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District will offer a rain barrel as a door prize.
Admission is free. Parking is free.
9:00-10:00 Introduction to our SE Coastal Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society
Michael Abicht, Co-chair, SE Coastal Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society
10:00-11:00 Stormwater 101
Dru Harrison, Director/ & Community Conservationist, New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District
11:00-12:00 Weird Native Plants
Larry Mellichamp, Author of "Native Plants of the Southeast" *
12:00-1:00 50 Native Pollinators
Will Stuart, Photographer for "Native Plants of the Southeast" *
1:00-2:00 Early Women Botanists
Jean Woods, President, North Carolina Native Plant Society
2:00-3:00 Invasive Plants
Zachary T. Long, Assistant Professor of Coastal Plant Ecology, UNCW
3:00-4:00 Rain Gardening: Creating a Runoff-Reducing, Water-Quality Enhancing, Attractive Landscape Feature
Geoff Goss, Watershed Coordinator, Heal Our Waterways Program
All seminars will be held in the auditorium.
* Dr. Larry Mellichamp will be available to sign copies of his book, "Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden." (Time to be determined.)
The Native Plant Festival is sponsored by: New Hanover County Arboretum, New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Volunteers, Cape Fear Audubon Society, Southport Native Plant Society, Southeast Coast Chapter of NC Native Plant Society, New Hanover County Public Library, and Cape Fear's Going Green.
Check our Facebook page to see photos of last year's event! For more information, please call the Arboretum at (910) 798-7680 or Valerie Robertson at (910) 547-4390.
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New website: https://sites.google.com/view/nativeplantfestival/home or bit.ly/2uDuy23
Event's LocationNew Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Dr Wilmington 28403, United States