We regret to announce that the
2020 Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale
has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
However, we are delighted to report that native plant nurseries have been allowed to stay open, and though we can’t bring them to you, we encourage you to take your shopping lists to them.
Our vendors need your support as much as the world needs their plants!
You may contact vendors directly by phone or email and order your plant for either pickup or shipping. Some nurseries are allowing visits by appointment.
A complete Vendor List is available on our website, along with a list of plants that are available.
Vendor and Plant List Link
Even if you don’t need a plant right now, some vendors offer gift cards and that purchase can help them mitigate the coronavirus economic downturn.
We will miss seeing you at the Plant Festival,
but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your new plants!
Stay safe and be well,
PNPS Plant Festival Committee
During these difficult times of self-quarantine, social distancing and Shelter-at-home mandates, take some time to enjoy the beauties of the season. Work in your garden, see how it changes daily as new plants emerge, buds emerge, ephemerals bloom. Take time to "smell the roses" - which are hopefully Carolina roses (Rosa carolina).
We, at PNPS, hope everyone is safe and healthy.
Check out our vendors and plant list. For your convenience, the plant lists are published in both botanical name and common name format. It's not too early to pre-order - contact our vendors directly and they can bring your pre-ordered plant to the sale.
We also have a plant sitting area, where you can leave your plants to be watched by our volunteers while you continue shopping!
Part of the PNPS mission is education, and we love to support our members and their endeavors. PNPS is proud to be able to provide grant opportunities to our members in support of their outreach, education or research related projects focused on native plants, given budget availability. If your project could use a financial boost to get your dream off the ground - check out our Grants page to find how to apply!
What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
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Mertensia virginica, commonly called Virginia bluebells, is one of the most beautiful species of spring ephemerals. Easy to grow in rich, moist, well-drained soils, they can form large colonies over time. The beautiful pendulous trumpet-shaped blue flowers are clustered on spikes up to a foot high above smooth, oval leaves and attract bees and early butterflies and moths. Typically blooming in April and May, the blooms last for many weeks. Being an ephemeral, the plants go dormant by mid-summer.
A must for your spring garden!
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Article courtesy of Diane Albright. Photo - Stan Kotala
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are being cancelled. Please be sure to double check before you head out to an event.
As Spring approaches, check our listing of Native Plant sales for ones in your area. If your sale is not listed, please notify email@example.com so it can be included.
Check our Complete Calendar for other upcoming events. If your event isn't listed, let us know and we can add them to our Calendar - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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