Spring is in bloom, and for the 34th year the Virginia Living Museum (VLM) celebrates the season with the Spring Native Plant Sale on-site and online. Unique species include more than 143 native Virginia Living Museum nursery propagated perennials, vines, shrubs and trees for yards and gardens.
Plant purchases can be made both online and in-person at the museum. Visit the on-site sale in the Museum Conservation Garden, which is free and open to the public, April 24-25 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Online sales for members and for the general public end April 22. Pick-up for all online orders will take place April 24-25 between 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The wide variety of plants available include options for many garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens, and for attracting a variety of native wildlife. Area gardeners enjoy their local weather tolerance and ability to serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden. A Plant Guide is available to learn about blooming periods, light, soil, and moisture needs.
Choosing native plants improves water quality and protects our local watersheds. Native plants help preserve biodiversity and aid in the conservation of native flora and fauna by providing the correct habitat for pollinators, birds, and wildlife that live in or migrate through our region. Perfectly adapted for Virginia’s soil and climate, native plants reduce the amount of watering and fertilizing they require as they naturally resist many diseases and pests in the local area. Their root systems help prevent erosion and absorb excess nutrients eliminating runoff and reducing pollution. This limits chemical use in yards and waterways, creating a healthier environment. For more information visit thevlm.org or call 757-595-1900.