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First Annual Native Plant Sale

Marian University will host its first native plant sale on May 20, 2017, Sponsored by the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, and held on the beautiful grounds surrounding Allison Mansion, details of the sale (date, time, location, speakers, activities, etc.) can be found on our event page, which will be updated as needed. We plan for this to be an annual event, so we can be one of your yearly resources for native plants.

senna and sunflowersIf you can't make it to the sale, don't worry! We are also providing online ordering and early pickup. Online ordering will begin April 5th and continue throughout the month. First early pickup date will be April 29.

Our plants come from Spence Restoration Nursery in Muncie, IN. Spence is a reputable organization that specializes in native plant propagation. All plants are of the native Indiana genotype, which will help to ensure their success in Indiana gardens and restored habitats. Their Spence Restoration Nursery website is a wealth of information on restoration and native plant installation, and they also provide a great deal of information on the native plants they sell and what environmental specifications they require. Check out their video section and lots of other "how-to" examples.

Wide variety of flowers and grasses available

This year, we are selling almost 30 different species of plants native to Indiana, including flowers, grasses, and sedges, all of which are perennial. Download and print out this list of the native plants we are selling this year. milkweedOur plants come in a 2-3/8" square by 3-3/4" deep open bottom plastic pot. While they are not large, many of the species will bloom this year if planted in the proper location and depending on species. Once established, they will provide years of blooms and habitat for you and our native wildlife. We will have experts to help you with any questions you have during the sale.

While our order for this year is already set, if you have a species that you are interested in purchasing for next year let us know! We would love to hear your feedback. Contact our Outdoor Education and Restoration Coordinator, Stephanie Schuck (sschuck@marian.edu), with any questions or comments.

For more information about the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, please check out our Facebook page, too!

Helpful links

Want to know more about native plants? Here are some resources on where to get them, the many benefits of using them, how to install them, and long-term maintenance tips.

Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS)
Illinois Wildflowers
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Below, you can find resources on making your yard more wildlife friendly and why it is important!

Indiana Wildlife Federation
Books – Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home
Books -  Heather Holm

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