Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Plant Sale

2019 Annual Plant Sale

At 1:00pm today, May 13th, all plants at the Plant Sale will be 50% off. Still some great inventory to choose from. Grab your raincoats and come shop!

Our Horticulture staff is on hand to assist with all your gardening inquiries.

Spring is here! After a long winter, it’s finally time to garden. As usual, the Morris Arboretum Plant Sale will have a fabulous selection to satisfy all your planting needs. Unusual annuals, new perennial cultivars, fabulous woody plants and heirloom roses will make this Plant Sale one you won’t want to miss!

Arboretum staff offer expertise you won’t find anywhere else. Professional horticulturists will be on hand throughout the sale to answer your questions and make recommendations for your home garden. Look for the folks in the red aprons!

A sample of this year's offerings

Save time by joining or renewing online now! Your new membership information will be immediately recognized in our system. No need to wait for your new membership cards in the mail.

Plant Sale Luncheon (Oak, Laurel, and Collectors Circle Members)

THURSDAY, MAY 9 | 12:30 - 2:30pm

Oak, Laurel, and Collectors Circle members are invited to a picnic lunch at the Plant Sale with Interim Executive Director Bob Gutowski. Following lunch, guests shop with our experts. Invitations to eligible members will be mailed in April. For more information please email

Plant Sale Preview (Chestnut Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 9 | 4:00 - 7:00pm

Chestnut, Holly, Oak, Laurel, and Collectors Circle members are invited to shop while enjoying refreshments. The Arboretum’s experts will be on-hand to assist guests as they shop. Invitations to eligible members will be mailed in April. For more information please email

Plant Sale Members Only Day

FRIDAY, MAY 10 | 10:00am - 7:00pm

Bring your membership card, your wallet and a wagon. Shop early for the best selection. All members save 10% on their entire Plant Sale purchase and choose a free dividend plant. Holly members ($250) and above receive two dividend plants and Collectors Circle members receive a plant of curatorial significance.

Click here for a list of this year's dividend plant choices.

Plant Sale Public Sale

SATURDAY, MAY 11 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Plant sale is open to all members of the public.

There will be a plant sale talk and demonstration given by Michael Martin Mills of the Rhododendron Society on “How to Plant a Root-bound Rhododendron” that will take place under the Events Tent at 11:00am.

Plant Offerings

Allens Lane Art Center

Pottery students from Allens Lane Art Center will be joining the plant sale this year during all sale hours with their handmade garden related items including planters, birdbaths, and birdhouses. Also on hand will be pottery designed for fresh food and flower presentation.

Allens Lane Art Center

New this year – Sharpen while you shop!

Mobile knife and tool sharpening service, Howe Sharp, will be on site on Member Day, Friday, May 10th from 10am-3pm. Drop off your gardening tools and get them in shape for taking care of your new purchases. View services and pricing.

Sharpen while you shop

Help Us Out!

Volunteer at the Plant Sale and earn a 20% discount coupon.

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Plant Sale Map

BYOW: Bring Your Own Wagon!

Wagons at the Plant Sale are in limited supply. If you have a wagon or cart, you should bring it to the plant sale for your own usage. There are lots of great things to load up your wagon!

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2019 Member's Dividend Plant Selections

This year we are offering a great plant for your garden, plus many surprises from our surplus of native and exotic plants from wild-collected seed. Our featured dividend plant this year is:

Cephalanthus occidentalis ‘Kolmoon’ MAGICAL® MOONLIGHT BUTTONBUSH

This U.S. native provides a tremendous source of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Magical® Moonlight is a compact form, making it suitable for smaller garden spaces with larger than average fruits. A favorite nectar plant for pollinators! Compact form 5-8’ tall by 4-6’ wide. White, fragrant tubular flowers in late spring. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Large fruits in late summer for songbirds. Can grow in average soils, or even wet and boggy!

Surprise Dividends

Of course we will have some surprise dividends to share with our more adventurous members! Were you worried? We have had some good germination results, and we hope to pass on the surplus to early-bird members. Remember, when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Be sure to stop at the Dividend Plant Tent to pick up your free plant/s

Collectors Circle Members – Receive 2 dividend plants and one plant of curatorial significance

Holly, Oak, Laurel Members – Receive 2 dividend plants

All other members – Receive 1 dividend plant