Whether you’re looking for that final rare native plant to finish off your carefully curated garden, or currently standing on your bare scrubby lawn with your arms crossed thinking, “I should really do something with this this year,” the MSV Heritage Plant Sale has you covered.
by Horticulturist Chantal Ludder
We’ll be set up on the patio by the galleries building on Friday and Saturday May 21 and 22 (with a Plant Sale Preview for MSV members Thursday evening). If you’re a novice gardener, or not quite certain what will flourish and what will fail in your yard, come talk to the garden staff. We’re here to chat about your soil, your sunlight, your garden as it is and what you want your garden to be this year. We’ll point you in the right direction. And if you’re an old hand at gardening, we’re also great at finding you a cart and pointing you in the direction of the checkout line.
What do we have for sale this year? More than 2,500 plants! What we don’t have—we’ve officially run out of room in both the greenhouse and the hoop house. As ever, there’s the limited run of heirloom tomatoes and peppers, basil and other herbs, and unusual annuals like klip dagga and thai red roselle (the kilp dagga, or Leonotis nepetifolia, is great for attracting hummingbirds). Do you have a sunny yard and a love of butterflies? We have two types of milkweed (Asclepias sp), two types of coneflower (Echinacea sp), goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), and a native prairie grass (Linum lewisii). Do you just want a great plant for a sunny yard that you can’t kill? We have catmint (Nepeta faassenii ‘Walker’s low’).
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
For a shady garden with decently moist soil, we have lobelia, astilbe, and goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus), among other things. Looking for a great native shrub to attract birds, or a small tree for a modest front yard? We have witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), two types of hydrangeas, and native redbuds (Cersis canadensis). You’ll also find the fruiting native Paw Paw tree (Asimina triloba) and the hardy Brown Turkey Fig (Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’), both of which can be seen growing in the MSV gardens.
And there’s more (of course there’s more); check out this detailed list of plants for more photos, descriptions, and prices for the plants available for purchase at this year's Heritage Plant Sale. Be sure to stop by the MSV event patio May 21 or 22—rain or shine—to have a chat and get yourself some fun plants! MSV members save 10% on purchases; sign up/renew here or at the plant sale to save.
The 2021 Heritage Plant Sale is generously sponsored by MakeNest Interiors. Proceeds from the event benefit the MSV gardens.