Autumn is upon us bringing cooler weather, pumpkin spice, and a whole host of garden events. Plant sales, garden tours, and butterfly festivals are happening all around the metroplex.
Fall is an ideal time to plant perennials and shrubs (though wait until winter for tree planting). So, add an event or two to your calendar and find some new plants and/or inspiration to bring home for your own garden.
An annual fundraising plant sale hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas featuring native perennials and shrubs. Located at the Midway Hills Christian Church Pavilion in Dallas.
Native plants for sale at this Dallas market, including hard-to-find selections, hosted by the Native Plant Society of Texas, White Rock Lake Chapter.
A plant sale benefiting the Molly Hollar Wildscape in Arlington. A large selection of organically grown plants adapted to our local climate and rainfall will be available.
North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas annual fall sale, featuring a large variety of Texas native plant species good for our soils and climate. Located at River Legacy Park in Arlington.
Learn about monarch’s life cycle, the amazing migration, the flowers that support the journey, and how to create a butterfly garden.
Hosted by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association in Arlington, this tour features six residential gardens. Education booths will be set up at select gardens, and proceeds benefit the TCMGA Scholarship Fund.
The sale will feature plants especially suited to growing in North Texas, including trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennials, vines, annuals and spring-flowering bulbs. Visit on Saturday to also attend the Grow Fall Festival.
Featuring hard-to-find heirloom bulbs and drought-tolerant perennials, at Myers Park in Plano. Tours of the Myers Park Research & Demonstration Gardens will be held, and Collin County Master Gardeners will be available for questions.
This free event hosted by the Denton County Master Gardener Association will take place at the Denton County Fairgrounds and will feature educational booths, speakers, and local vendors. Free wildflower seeds for the first 100 visitors!
Hosted by the Dallas Master Gardener Association, featuring five residential gardens and one school garden. Educational opportunities and expert speakers will be offered at some locations.
A free family-friendly festival at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens celebrating the migration of the monarch butterfly with an variety of activities and events. Coincides with the Nash Farm Fall Round-Up.
A free self-guided tour hosted by the city of Plano featuring water-conserving, drought tolerant residential and community landscapes.
Experts will be on hand to discuss landscaping and efficient watering. Also, you may receive a free moisture meter (while supplies last), something a Texas gardener should never be without! Check the site to download handouts and for the tour map.
Bonus: Nature Events & Classes
Want to get out into nature now that the temperatures are cooling? Check out events available via North Texas Master Naturalist, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, and the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.
For classes to expand your gardening knowledge, see Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas, North Haven Gardens in Dallas, Water University (throughout the metroplex), and Garden Green in Plano.
If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Many of these events will have 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 drop by my Facebook page. Did we miss any events or activities for fall? What are you most looking forward to this autumn?