The Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale is NEXT week, on Saturday, April 25,
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.!
As always, a contact list for the vendors is available on the plant
sale website. Feel free to call vendors to ask about specific plants
they might bring for your purchase. Links to their websites (which
usually have plant lists) are also available on the same webpage. That
organizer, Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale
PARKFAIRFAX NATIVE PLANT SALE
Saturday, April 25, 2009 -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3601 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302
Ten vendors from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
will be at the 12th Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale, which is held twice
a year and has grown into the largest native plant sale in the
Washington D.C. area! Several of the vendors carry native trees and
shrubs as well as perennials, and several of the vendors specialize in
some aspect of native plants, such as fruiting shrubs, wetland plants,
carnivorous plants, or native azaleas. A few of these vendors do not
come to our local area for any other plant sale.
For a list of vendors, and links to their websites, please see the
plant sale website at http://www.home.earthlink.net/~sknudsen/
click on the "vendors" page.
The sale is entirely organized and run by volunteers. No one makes
money from it except the vendors. The purpose of these sales is to
promote native plant gardening in our region because gardening with
natives is better for our watershed, our woodlands, and our wildlife,
especially birds. Bringing together a variety of growers makes it
easier for local gardeners (especially those new to native plant
gardening) to find quality plants and encourages greater demand for
natives in the nursery industry.
For those interested in news about these sales, the Parkfairfax Native
Plant Sale has gained a loyal following. From a modest beginning with
five vendors, this sale now regularly hosts over ten vendors from four
states and regularly draws over 600 attendees. A year ago, at the
April 2008 sale, ten vendors sold an estimated 2,400 plants to over 700
people who came out, making it our best sale yet! A few vendors even
Directions: Parkfairfax is located in the Washington DC metro area
within the I-495 Beltway, in northwest Alexandria directly across I-395
from Shirlington. From I-395, exit Shirlington/Quaker onto Quaker
Lane. At the first light on Quaker, turn left onto Preston. Follow
Preston to Valley and turn left on Valley. The sale will be just past
Gunston on your right. Maps and directions are available on the sale
As it has been for the past several years, the Parkfairfax sale will
continue to be held on the last Saturdays in April and September. (The
next sale after this is on Sept. 26, 2009.)
Please pass this email along to your interested friends. This sale
depends entirely on word-of-mouth support. Thank you for helping to
spread the word!