Aquarium Spring Native Plant Sale, Saturday, May 17

Filed under: Roanoke Island by roanokeisland on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

It’s happening again! The NC Aquarium Spring Native Plant Sale, Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After a long and crazy winter, it’s been so exciting to watch the tender, new growth slowly emerging…. until it gets scorched by a northeaster. Spring does seem to be a late arrival this year, but it’s definitely time to get back to the garden!

The Aquarium’s plant sale features local favorites in starter sizes, including purple muhly grass, beautyberry, coral honeysuckle, summer phlox and eastern columbine. Blue wild indigo is back again, along with wild bergamot, joe pye weed, eastern beardtongue, narrowleaf sunflower, crossvine, blue flag iris, black-eyed susans … AND their brown-eyed cousins, too.

New for 2014: Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’, a drought-tolerant ironweed for sandy OBX gardens.

Support monarch butterflies with more milkweed in your garden. Monarch populations reached new lows last year, mostly due to habitat loss. Butterfly weed thrives in well-drained sites. Marsh milkweed appreciates moister soils and can be grown successfully in a “pond pot” that keeps the roots wet.Find out more about milkweed and monarchs at

The complete plant sale list will be ready next week. Plan to make your purchase with cash or check. We won’t be able to accept credit cards at the plant sale this year. Don’t forget to sign up for the door prizes! If you can’t make it on May 17, you are welcome to purchase plants by appointment at a later time.

We continue to sell plants through the year as stock remains available, including new seedlings that will be ready for planting later. Please email me at if you’re looking for something special or have questions.

It’s all happening at the Aquarium greenhouse… FOLLOW THE SIGNS FROM THE MAIN AQUARIUM ENTRANCE ON AIRPORT ROAD.

Hope to see you on May 17!