Summer Native Plant Sale

Summer Native Plant Sale

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Bumblebee on bright orange butterfly milkweed.

Summer Native Plant Sale

Saturday, July 27–Sunday, July 28, 9 am–4 pm at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Visit the Creekside Barn to stock up on your favorite native perennials, flowering trees, and shrubs. Not only beautiful, native plants provide critical food and habitat for declining populations of pollinators and other wildlife! 


Click here to stay up to date on the latest stock quantity/availability.

Some plants have limited quantities and may sell out rapidly. 

Plants will be replenished and replaced with available stock throughout the sale. Some plants may be available at different times throughout the sale.

Plant Transportation Tip: Are you tired of having to clean up soil from inside your vehicle due to a capsized plant? Bring along a cardboard box, plastic tub, or extra towels to the sale to help secure your new native plants on the car ride home. 

Click here to browse our full Native Plant Catalog and learn about the species we propagate throughout the year at the Nature Center. For questions, please email

The Underrated Native

Story by Jake Sberna, Cincinnati Nature Center Native Plant Manager

Native grasses and sedges certainly do not get as much attention as the many colorful native wildflower species but perhaps understanding their ecological value will pique your interest as you’re planning what to plant.

Like wildflowers, native grasses and sedges are adapted to the local climate—they require less maintenance and provide a habitat for beneficial insects and other wildlife. Their deep root systems improve soil structure, increase water retention, and prevent erosion. They can also add aesthetic value to a garden by creating a more naturalistic planting design and providing texture, movement, and interest, particularly in the winter.

When planted densely, they can act as ground cover to outcompete nuisance weeds, and many have attractive seed heads that are used as a fall/winter food source by birds.

Another advantage of using native grasses and sedges in landscaping is their versatility. They can be used in a variety of settings, from large-scale restoration projects to small backyard gardens. They can be planted in meadows/prairies, rain gardens, and even as an understory layer in forests, providing habitat for a range of species in each of these settings.

Images of native grass options.