SEASONAL FESTIVALS & PLANT SALES

NATIVE PLANT SALE

Saturday, March 23rd: 8 AM – 1 PM

Get a head start on spring at one of the earliest plant sales in the area! Our annual Native Plant Sale includes a small number of vendors (~5-7 vendors) from across the mid-Atlantic selling spring ephemerals and many other choice perennials and woody plants. Join us Saturday, March 23rd from 8 AM to 1 PM along Meadow Road between the National Arboretum’s Visitor Center and National Herb Garden (see map below). Registration for the plant sale is preferred but not required — please let us know you’re coming!

This Native Plant Sale is held in conjunction with the National Arboretum’s Lahr Native Plant Symposium on March 23rd. Learn about soil health management, destructive pests, forest restoration, current research on seed conservation, and the best native trees for your garden.The 37th Lahr Native Plant Symposium provides inspiration from the wild and practical advice for our gardens. Registration is required for the Lahr Symposium, FONA members don’t forget to use your 20% discount code when registering.

Native plant sale attendees show off the plants they bought during the sale
illustrated map of the national arboretum with details for the 2024 native plant sale

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GARDEN FAIR & PLANT SALE

Saturday, April 27th: 9 AM – 4 PM

Celebrate spring at our Garden Fair & Plant Sale with our fantastic array of plants, expert gardening advice, dozens of local vendors, and outdoor activities! This is our largest seasonal festival and is an important fundraiser for FONA.

Join us on Saturday, April 27th from 9 AM to 4 PM (rain date on April 28th):

  • 9 AM – 11 AM: Members-only hours for our Plant Sale. Vendor Village is open to the public at this time. Become a FONA member for early access to the Plant Sale.
  • 11 AM – 4 PM: Public hours for Plant Sale, open to all.

The event will be held in the National Arboretum’s New York Ave parking lot to allow for ample room for shopping (see map below). A free shuttle buss will transport people between the event and the R Street parking lot near the Visitor Center and Grove parking lot. Parking is free.

people shopping for plants at the shopping for plants at the garden fair and plant sale

Photos by Marie Joabar

illustrated map of the national arboretum with details for the 2024 garden fair and plant sale

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EVENT OFFERINGS

GENERAL REGISTRATION & WORKSHOP TICKETS

General admission registration is preferred but not required. Please let us know you’re coming and to receive important event updates, like when workshop tickets go on sale.

The gardening workshop requires pre-registration, tickets go on sale on March 27th.

garden fair and plant sale customer with their plants in a shopping cart
garden fair and plant sale volunteers pose together amongst the plants

FALL FESTIVAL & BULB SALE

The Fall Festival & Bulb Sale takes places in late September or early October of each year. Stock up both favorite and unusual bulbs, shop from a small selection of local vendors, and have fun with the family through free nature-based activities. We will share information about the 2024 Fall Festival in the summer of 2024.

fall festival and bulb sale volunteer with bulbs

WINTER FESTIVAL & CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Join us for the annual Winter Festival in early December. Visitors can buy Christmas trees and other holiday greenery, shop from over 40 local vendors, and enjoy free family activities.

winter festival attendees shopping from vendors

VENDOR APPLICATION

Become a vendor at our annual seasonal festivals! Each event draws thousands of attendees to the National Arboretum. We have a limited number of booths available at these events and spaces fill quickly.

The 2024 vendor application form is coming soon!

Casey Trees vendor tent at the Garden Fair and Plant Sale
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