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Start your fall garden at native plant sales

Get your fall garden growing with perennial native plants that are heat and drought resistant. Check out these local, native plant sales and native plant nurseries nationwide.

A variety of native wildflowers, sedges, grasses, trees and shrubs suitable for shade, partial shade, sun, dry or moist conditions will be available in the Kansas City/Lawrence area in September.

The Grassland Heritage Foundation Fall Native Plant Sale will be held Thursdays, September 13 and 20 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Cottins’ Farmers Market, 1832 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. For more information, email [email protected] or call 785-840-8104.

The Missouri Prairie Foundation Native Plant Sale on Saturday, September 15 will have plants from Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Green Thumb Gardens, Gaylena’s Garden and Pure Air Natives. The sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO.

The Platte Land Trust Native Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, September 22 at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO.  For more information, contact Carla Dods, 816-716-3402.

To find lists of native plant sales in other cities across the country, visit Choose Natives or find a native plant nursery in the National Native Plant Nursery Directory. In the Midwest, check out Grow Native! for landscape architects and native plant nurseries Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

Once they are established, native plants offer many benefits to gardens, including:

  • Attract pollinators
  • Deep root systems that require less water
  • Adapt well to temperature extremes, drought and flooding
  • Crowd out invasive plants
  • Resist disease and pests
  • Require less maintenance
  • Clean the environment and improve soil quality
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