Plant Donations Nursery
Season: April to October
Purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop
Open Monday to Saturday (and occasionally Sunday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Plant Donations Nursery sells plants donated to the Arboretum Foundation by area gardeners. The volunteer-operated nursery features an excellent selection of popular and unusual plants at great values. The nursery hosts, along with the Pat Calvert Greenhouse, our popular Early Bloomers plant sale in April.
Volunteers are present on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, visitors are welcome to browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except in winter.
Location: Near the Graham Visitors Center parking lot, just south of the greenhouses.
Donating to the Nursery
The best time for gardeners to drop off plants at the nursery is when volunteers are present, on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants may also be donated when volunteers are not present.
Drop off: Plants may be unloaded at the nursery gate on Arboretum Drive when volunteers are present. If you’re dropping off at any other time, please leave the plants on or near the nursery potting table. Please DO NOT leave plants in the Visitors Center parking lot or areas other than the Nursery.
Include plant info: Please label plants with their names, if known. In addition, please provide a list of names of donated plants with pertinent information such as flower color, height at maturity, and ideal growing conditions (if known).
What we can’t accept: Indoor plants; plants above 5 feet tall; invasive plants
Thanks for your donation!
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History of the Nursery
- Donated plants have always been a feature of Arboretum Foundation plant sales. However, for many years, there was no carry-over program for unsold plants. In 1993, a year ’round Donations Department was developed. The purpose of the department was to give Foundation members an opportunity for hands-on learning about dividing, potting, and identifying donated plants. This group evolved into the Plant Donations Nursery program, which operates from March through October.