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Native Plant Availability and Logistics

2024 Growing Season

Plug Orders

Plugs are seedlings that are sold at smaller sizes. Because they are sold at smaller sizes, they provide a more budget-friendly method for purchasing large numbers of plants.

We are still accepting orders for our summer plug deliveries. Plugs are available by pre-order only.

Native Plant Availability

We anticipate having native plants available for general purchase beginning sometime in mid-April to mid-May depending on what our late winter / early spring weather does. All of our native plants are acclimated to the natural weather conditions, so we are somewhat at the mercy of Mother Nature for when we can begin selling plants.

If it’s a really cold spring, then the seedlings will take longer to grow to a sellable size. We want you to be successful, so we aren’t going to sell you plants that are too small to do well and as a result we may not have much ready in the early spring.

Also, some species germinate and grow better under cooler conditions, while others need warmer conditions to germinate and grow. Likewise, some species grow faster than others. That means some species may not be available at certain times of the year. Think about it like going to the local farmers market to get local fruits and vegetable that are in season at that particular instant in time – you can’t get fresh, locally grown pumpkins in April.

Current availability will be listed with the relevant upcoming event (usually updated 1-2 weeks prior to the event) or you can contact us to ask about a specific species.

* * We do not ship plants or sell seeds. * *

List of Native Plant Species We Sell

There are 2 ways to find out what native plant species we are reasonably confident we’ll have available at some point during the 2024 season. You can either view our Comprehensive List of species or you can use our Right Plant / Right Place Selection Guide to choose the best species for your site.

If you have questions about any of our native plants, need suggestions about what might work best on your property, or want to check on availability of a particular species, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

These lists are a work in progress. Check back often to see new species that we may add.

How to Purchase Our Native Plants

We sell our plants at:

  • pre-ordered deliveries in Bowling Green and Glasgow
  • special community or related events.

Please see our upcoming event listings to learn more about our upcoming deliveries and special events. You can also subscribe to our e-mail list to have information about upcoming opportunities to purchase our plants emailed to you.

About Our Native Plants

We take pride in offering quality plants that benefit pollinators and wildlife. We grow all of our plants ourselves. For the purposes of the nursery, we define “native plant” as native to some portion of Kentucky.

We use seeds sourced from Kentucky whenever possible. When we can’t get seeds with Kentucky genetics, we try to get the seeds from as close as possible. By using Kentucky seeds, we are promoting the state’s local genotypes and ecotypes. These are seeds that are adapted to the specific soils and other conditions of the region.

We don’t use insecticides on any of the plants. Even organic and homemade products can be harmful to pollinators which defeats the purpose of growing plants for them. The result is that some of our plants have holes in their leaves. The plants are still healthy and the holes just prove that we’re not spraying them with anything. We love the fact that even in the nursery, our plants can serve their roles in the ecosystem.

Why Is It Important to Choose Native Plants?

For pollinators and wildlife:

Our native pollinators and wildlife have evolved with our native plants. Native plants are their natural food sources and homes. Even though some of our native pollinators and wildlife may use exotic plants for food or shelter, not all of our native pollinators and wildlife can do so.

When it comes to food, even those pollinators and wildlife that can eat exotic plants don’t always get the same nutritional benefits from the exotic foods as they do from the native foods. Multiple research projects have found that areas with higher percentages of native plants have more diversity and greater numbers of pollinators and wildlife.

For you:

An increasing number of medical studies are showing significant health benefits with spending time in nature. Those benefits include decreased stress and anxiety, lower heart rates, improved thinking and reasoning levels, increased creativity and problem solving abilities, and many other benefits.

Yet, we’re all busy and don’t always have time to go somewhere to enjoy nature. But by incorporating native plants into your landscape, you’ll be helping to attract pollinators and wildlife to your property. That means you are bringing the nature to you and only have to go out into your yard to begin experiencing the health benefits of spending time in nature.

Growing native plants also means less work for you because you don’t have to spend as much time watering, fertilizing, or otherwise “babying” the plants. These plants are also adapted to being eaten by the local pollinators and wildlife, and tend to respond by quickly putting out fresh new leaves. So, you’ll get the benefit of the pollinators and wildlife that the native plants attract, without having to worry about damage to your plants.