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. Check the listed websites for more details.
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 Demonstration Gardens at Myers Park in McKinney.
A great opportunity to meet other gardening enthusiasts, to share and maybe find something new! The event will take place at Central Park in Lewisville. Check back for more event details.
A selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs made available by the college’s horticulture students at the Northwest Campus in Fort Worth.
A selection of perennials suited to the challenges of Texas gardening. Horticulture staff will be on hand to help you choose the right plants for your landscape.
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.
A fundraiser event offering native and adaptive perennials, herbs, annuals, succulents, yard art and more. Expert gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
Denton’s own Arbor Day celebration, featuring tree vendors and plant sales, gardening supplies, local handmade products, family-friendly activities, and live music. Located at the Denton Civic Center.
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!
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.
Offering a selection of rare native and well-adapted pollinator-friendly plants. Located in Fair Park, Dallas.
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.
An annual, family-friendly Earth Day festival held at Fair Park in Dallas, promoting environmental awareness. The event will feature numerous plant and garden-themed exhibitors. Register for free admission.
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.
Tour four beautiful Master Gardeners’ landscapes in the Denton area. Master Gardeners will be on-site at each location to answer your questions.
Dallas Arboretum’s annual floral festival, ongoing through April 12th, featuring thousands of spring-blooming bulbs plus musical-themed topiaries, entertainment, food, and activities.
I love that the Arboretum has added a native plant garden area, with name tags so you can identify plants you like and then shop for them at one of the events
Other Classes and Events
More and more cities, like Plano, Coppell, McKinney, and Bedford are providing classes and workshops for their residents to learn about sustainable landscaping practices. Check with your city’s site for upcoming programs.
We have a number of other wonderful resources available to us in the metroplex for learning about gardening, plants, and local wildlife. Check out the calendar of events at Texas SmartScape and North Texas Master Naturalists, and also at your local, independent nursery (like Marshall Grain in Grapevine or North Haven Gardens in Dallas).
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.
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.