Member exclusive shopping on April 23 + receive exclusive discount code during the 3-day sale!
(Scheduled Pickup after the sale is required to promote Social Distancing)

(if you become a member after April 21st, contact our Visitor Service’s Department to receive your
exclusive member access code information – 757-441-5830 ext 324 )

Members will receive an exclusive member access password &  discount code on Wednesday, April 21st.




Thursday April 29th to Sunday May 2

(10am to Noon or 2pm to 4pm)

 Our staff love plants and have selected their favorites  just for you!

Our annual SPRING PLANT SALE has long been known throughout the region as one of the best places to pick up unusual plants at great prices. This year is no exception. To support good social distancing and everyone safety, we will not have our traditional outdoor plant sale here at the Garden. This year,  you may shop from the convenience and safety of your home.  You’ll still find a wide variety of plants from the rare and unusual, to your favorites that thrive in the Coastal Virginia region. We’ll have something for everyone!  Members will have early access to order their plants then schedule a convenient pickup date & time.


Our horticulture staff will still be available to answer all of your plant questions. They can be reached at

The Plant sale is one of our largest fundraising events and during this difficult time, your support is greatly appreciated. The funds from this sale are used to help us fulfill our mission: To immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature.



Join Julie Finn (NBG Greenhouse Manager) and Les Parks (NBG Director of Horticulture) as they take a virtual stroll through the nursery to discuss some of the exciting plants that we are offering for this year’s plant sale.


Julie Finn NBG Greenhouse Manager

Bush’s Poppy Mallow or Bush’s Winecups (Callirhoe bushii)

Fabulous native, drought-resistant perennial wildflower with screaming magenta 5-petaled flowers weaves its way through its neighbors to form stunning displays.  If you like bold, hot colors, this is for you!  Grow it in full sun with orange Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)  and Red Hot Pokers, a combination sure to stir up your Homeowners’ Association!  Cool it down with Catmints (Nepeta sp.) or Verbena stricta. Even the seedpods are interesting, resembling pre-cut cheese wheels!

Meredith Simmons NBG Greenhouse Technician

Hummingbird Bush (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)

Fine texture, bright bold color, drought tolerant, pollinator friendly, and a magnet for hummingbirds are why Meredith likes this Southwestern native so much. On top of that she says it will make your neighbors envious that you are growing something so hard to find.

Michelle Baudanza Curator of Herbaceous Plants

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis ‘Hordival’ VALENTINE®)

Bleeding heart is a great plant for shady gardens, and VALENTINE® offers a new twist with red flowers instead of the traditional pink. Michelle likes them because the flowers are uniquely heart-shaped, which kids find fascinating, and they bring back childhood memories for her of spending time in the garden with her grandmother.

Linda Saunders NBG Senior Horticulturist

Lynnhaven Carpet Robin’s Plantain (Erigeron pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’)

If you like plants with a local connection, Linda recommends this nearly fool-proof plant that was found in a garden next to the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach. It has semi-evergreen foliage and delicate pale pink spring blooms which make long-lasting cut flowers. Best of all, she says, a patch of them create “green mulch”, growing so thickly no weeds can grow.

Theresa Augustin Director of Environmental Engagement & Outreach

Slender mountain mint  (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)

Slender mountain mint is a native perennial that attracts pollinators of all kinds.  The leaves have a minty aroma when crushed which makes them ideal for making teas.  Rub the fresh leaves on your skin to help repel mosquitos.

Tom Houser NBG Senior Horticulturist

Raydon’s Favorite Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’)

There are several reasons why this is one of Tom’s favorite plants. The late season flowers attract beneficial insects, pollinators, and butterflies, including Monarch butterflies who stop for nutrition on their migration south. On top of that he says it is reliable, easy to grow and looks good!

Alex Cantwell NBG Adult Education Manager

Liatris (Liatris pycnostachya)

From a striking display en masse, to a pop of vibrant color and structure in the garden, this native perennial is at the top of Alex’s list! Not only is it a wonderful cut flower, but it supports a wide variety of pollinators – even the gold finches and other birds love it when it goes to seed! Look no further than Liatris when it comes to stunning visuals and incredibly tough plants that look even better as the years go on.

Les Parks Director of Horticulture

Arkansas Bluestar – (Amsonia hubrechtii)

Les likes this rare-in-the-wild Arkansas native, not for its flowers, but for its foliage. By mid-summer the plant looks like a large fluffy fern, and in the fall it is one of the few perennials with colorful fall foliage. It turns a nice golden yellow. He describes the spring flowers as an indecisive skim milk blue, but to each his own.

Carl Simmons Curator of Woody Plants

Golden Fleece Goldenrod (Solidago sphacelata ‘Golden Fleece’)

Carl likes this compact goldenrod because it is a native that attracts a host of pollinators; its flowers are an excellent burst of color late in the summer when many other plants are winding down; birds like to eat the seeds; and it’s easy to grow.

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