Spring Garden Events Around the Metroplex

March 16, 2017 | By Carrie Dubberley | 1 Reply More

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What gardener doesn’t rejoice at the onset of spring?! In addition to the excitement of seeing new life emerging in our landscapes, we also have so many events available to us at this time of year. Here’s a collection of local plant sales, garden tours, and other events of interest happening around the DFW area this spring.

Hopefully you’ll find an event near you and some native plants for your own garden! Check the listed websites for more details.

March 18-19

The Garden Show, presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners

An indoor event featuring a wealth of information on Earth-Kind gardening, a plant sale, plus tours of the Trial Gardens at Myers Park in McKinney.

March 26

Denton County Gardening Meetup Plant Swap

A great opportunity to find good homes for unwanted plants in your garden and to meet other gardening enthusiasts. The event will take place at the Horizon Unitarian Church in Carrollton.

April 1

Keep Flower Mound Beautiful Environmental Health Fair

Visit booths promoting gardening topics such as composting and native plant use. Native Plant Society of Texas is holding a plant sale at this Flower Mound event.

April 7-8

Ft. Worth Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale

A selection of perennials suited to the challenges of Texas gardening. Horticulture staff will be on hand to help you make choose the right plants for your landscape.

Tarrant County College Plant Sale

A selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs made available by the college’s horticulture students at the Northwest Campus in Fort Worth.

April 8-9

Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly Plant Sale

Offering a selection of native and well-adapted pollinator-friendly plants. Shade tolerant plants will be highlighted in yellow. Located in Fair Park, Dallas.

April 21-23

Texas Earth Day

An annual, family-friendly outdoor festival at Fair Park in Dallas, promoting environmental awareness. The event will feature numerous plant and garden themed exhibitors. Admission is free!April 22

April 22

Collin County Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Stop by the plant sale at Myers Park* in McKinney for a wide selection of Texas plants. Master Gardeners will be available with free advice.

EcoCoppell Earthfest

This annual event in Coppell features environmental demonstrations, education booths, eco-friendly vendors, kid’s crafts/entertainment, food, live music, plus an organic plant sale!

April 22-23

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary Spring Plant Sale

This McKinney event boasts a huge selection of plants suited for North Central Texas gardens, including natives, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants.

April 29

Denton County Master Gardeners Association Plant Sale

The sale will feature a selection of perennials suited to our Texas climate, hard-to-find shrubs, ground covers, herbs, and container plants. Located at Trinity United Methodist, in Denton.

May 6

Native Plants and Prairie Day

A family event at the White Rock Bath House and Cultural Center in Dallas, hosted by the North Texas Master Naturalists. Features demonstration/information booths, wildflower and bug walks, lectures and other activities. The Dallas Chapter Native Plant Society of Texas is holding a plant sale.

May 13

Denton County Master Gardeners Association Spring Garden Tour

The “Passport to Nature” tour includes six beautiful Master Gardeners’ landscapes and two bonus gardens, all around the Denton area.

Bonus

Dallas Blooms: Peace, Love and Flower Power

Dallas Arboretum’s annual floral festival, ongoing through April 9th, featuring thousands of spring blooming bulbs plus life-size Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food, and activities.

I love that the Arboretum has added a native plant garden area, along with name tags so you can identify plants you like and then shop for them at one of the events!

Texas Smartscape Water Conserving Plant Sale

Throughout the spring, the Texas SmartScape™ program is partnering with retailers to offer plant fairs with deals on a selection of low-water-use plants that thrive in the Texas heat. You’ll also be able to talk with master gardeners, plant experts, and irrigation specialist. See website for a plant list and dates and locations nearest you.

What to Keep in Mind When Choosing Plants

You will find a wide variety of offerings at spring plant sales. As you look at all the beautiful plants that tempt you with their color and uniqueness, think about where they will fit in your garden.

Consider the final size of the plant to make sure you won’t be overcrowding your garden, which can lead to unnecessary maintenance plus pest and disease problems. Also, consider light and water needs. The right plant in the right place will make for a successful, low-maintenance landscape.

While you’re at it, choose some wildlife-attracting plants. Every garden can benefit from pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Questions?

If you have any questions about a plant, don’t be afraid to ask. Many of these events will have Master Gardeners and other plant experts on hand to answer questions and help you choose plants that will work best for your space.

I’m always happy to discuss native plants and landscaping, so leave me a comment below or visit my Facebook page to ask your questions or let me know which spring events you are most excited about.

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Carrie Dubberley is a horticulturist, garden coach, teacher, writer and speaker. Carrie's passion is sustainable landscaping, specializing in North Texas native and well-adapted plants and water conserving rain gardens. Learn more about Carrie.

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  1. Sharon Elleen says:

    Great work. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Many thanks for sharing all the information and tips.

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