Plant Sale Donations
Once again, we will hold our annual plant sale during the first week of June. We think this is one of the best plant sales on Cape Cod. Museum volunteers purchase plugs from two Native Plant wholesalers and grow them up to quart size for the sale. In addition, area gardeners divide and donate their time-tested favorites. Do you have plants to share? Sales help to support the Museum’s programs.
Find new plants to brighten up your garden, attract pollinators, or add to your wildflower meadow at this popular yearly sale. You’ll find a good selection of North American native perennials for sun and shade, including groundcovers, grasses and pollen magnets. Many of these are native to Massachusetts and help to create habitat for birds and other wildlife. There will also be a variety of donated garden favorites. Experienced gardeners will be available to answer questions and assist with plant selections.
Proceeds benefit the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
Learn more: Don’t miss the ongoing Gardening for Life series!
Instructions for Plant Donations:
- Pot up plants in early May to give the roots time to settle in the soil before the sale. This way the plants won’t come out of the pot bare root when the purchaser goes to plant them.
- Put the plants in an appropriate size pot, so that the roots aren’t sticking out.
- Add potting soil as needed.
- Water well but don’t fertilize.
- Brush soil from the pot and wash the pot so it looks good.
- Cut off any wilted, browned or yellow foliage and cut back stems that have already bloomed so the plant looks neat.
- Please be aware that we will not accept plants that are considered invasive in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Prohibited Plant list can be found at https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-prohibited-plant-list. You can choose to print out or save a pdf of this list sorted by either scientific or common names.
- Please label your plants with the following information (see label templates below):
- Latin name and common name
- A description, (e.g. Easy care, good ground cover, variety name)
- Light requirements
- Soil requirements (e.g. drought resistant, acid soil, rich organic soil)
- Bloom time and color
- Size when full grown
- Anything else the new owner will need to know (e.g. Native to MA, Needs staking, Spreads by rhizomes, Goldfinches love the seeds)
- Note any particularly appealing characteristics.
The following sites can help you to determine the origin of your plants, or to make up your Wish List from this year’s offerings.
- North American Plants for New England Gardens
- Coastal Landscaping in Massachusetts – Plant List (Plants native to MA and suitable for coastal areas)
You can print out labels using one of these handy templates:
Drop off Location
The drop off location will be open for donations June 1-5