2024 Milwaukee-area plant sales supply unique perennials, native plants and expertise (2024)

Elaine RewolinskiMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gardening with native plants encourages healthy habitats, and selecting the correct plants for your garden can begin with a visit to a plant sale. Area garden clubs foster the joy of gardening through their interactions with the community, offering advice and guidance for both novices and those who already have a green thumb.

Plant sales are scheduled throughout May and into June, but some plants may only be available by pre-ordering in April. Here is a roundup of Milwaukee-area organizations having plant sales.

Ozaukee Master Gardeners

Over 10,000 plants will be available for purchase at theOzaukee Master Gardenersplant sale May 18 at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg. Plants are delivered to the fairgrounds the day before the sale, organized by type and variety, and individually labeled with growing directions.

“Last year, it was our first year at the fairgrounds,” said Jeanne Mueller, plant sale chair. "We tweaked our table layout and have more room for checkout lines and have better signage.”

Choose from perennials, heirlooms, culinary herbs, ornamental and aromatic plants, grasses, and hard-to-find plant varieties. All plants are suitable for planting in southeastern Wisconsin-area gardens, with Master Gardeners available to answer questions. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to noon in the Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Expo Center, W67 N890 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. The complete plant list will be available online May 1. Visitozaukeemastergardeners.org.

Monarch Trail

Select from more than 30 varieties of native perennials, six varieties of milkweed, full flats, half flats, and mixed assortments at the plant sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. Prices range from $4 for 2-inch pots of milkweed and native perennials, and $7 to $10 for 4-inch pots. Full flats of milkweed are $112, half flats are $56, and mixed specialty bags are $40. All plants are pesticide-free and locally grown. Pre-order container collections, special bags and flats online by May 6 atparkpeoplemke.organd pick up during the plant sale. Greenfield Park Pavilion, 2028 S. 124th St., West Allis. For more information, visitthemonarchtrail.org.

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Richfield Historical Society

Gift certificates for the annual plant sale can be purchased until May 1. Certificates are sold in $15 and $25 amounts and can be used for any plants or plant supplies at Nehm’s Greenhouse, 3639 Highway 175, Slinger. Every purchase helps to preserve the historic buildings in Richfield Historical Park and other RHS projects. Richfield Historical Park, 1896 Highway 164, Richfield. Order online atrichfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Friends of North Prairie Native Gardens

This group's native plant sale is held during the Eagle Community Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9-12. In-person classes on the basics of starting a pollinator garden and selecting plants will be held at 11 a.m. May 9 and 10. Fifty varieties of plants are available for purchase, including four milkweed varieties, several grasses, native purple coneflower, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, meadow blazing star, New England aster, prairie smoke, wild columbine and wild lupine. All plants are $4 each. Von Ruden Park gazebo, downtown Eagle. Information:fnpng.com.

Pewaukee River Partnership

Native Plant Sale is pre-order only by April 22, with pick up from 3 to 6 p.m. May 10 and 8 to 10 a.m. May 11. Plants are sold in 2.5-inch pots and are priced at $2.75 per plant; special-order plants available at $3.25 each. Pick up is in the Village parking lot, next to Noah’s Pizza, 220 Oakton Ave., Pewaukee. Order form is available by emailing lcshong@milwpc.com (put "plant sale" in subject line of email), or call Charlie at (262) 443-6737.

Stone Bank Farm Market

Spring Plant Sale, May 10-11. Flowers, herbs and vegetables, including cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. N68 W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank.stonebankmarket.com

Wauwatosa Woman’s Club

The annual spring plant sale runs through May 10 with pick up from noon to 1 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m. May 17. Hanging baskets or pouches, planters and flats are available, with prices from $23 to $55. The fundraiser benefits the club and Heyden’s Greenhouse. Order online atwauwatosawomansclub.org/product/spring-plant-sale.

Fox Point Garden Club

May Market Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11. Purchase perennial flowers that come from member gardens. Pricing is set by size and if the plant is a special variety. The Garden Boutique area will feature vegetable plants, annuals and miscellaneous garden items. Cash or check only. Longacre Pavilion, 7343 Longacre Road, Fox Point.

Roots and Branches

Plant Sale from noon to 7 p.m. May 17 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18. Locally grown annuals and winter-hardy perennials. Perennials in one-gallon pot are $7. Annuals in four-pack flat are $18, and $5 in 4.5-inch pot. Corner of Main and Vine streets, West Bend. rootsbranches.org

Burlington Area Garden Club

Annual plant sale features locally grown perennials, bushes and houseplants, from8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 18. The sale is held rain or shine. All proceeds support scholarships and grants to local gardening programs. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Riverside Park Pavilion, 517 Congress St., Burlington.burlingtonareagardenclub.com

Four Seasons Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. Plants are organized by category and include varieties of sun to shade, groundcovers, hostas, mums, sedums, and peonies. Cash or checks accepted. Kenosha Harbor Market, 3030 39th Ave., Kenosha.4seasonsgardenclub.org

Herb Society WI Unit

Herb and Artisan Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. The fair features herb plants and herbal products for sale and seminars. Sessions this year feature yoga in the garden; small-space gardening; and growing herbs, vegetables and flowers in sync with the moon and zodiac. Fair entry, parking and the herb talks are free. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners.herb-society-wisconsin.org

Elm Grove Beautification Committee

Two sales are open to the general public. The first is the online Native Tree, Shrub and Plant Sale, open now until May 11, with a variety of nativeplants available. Pick up on May 18 at the Village Recycle Center, 900 Wall St., Elm Grove. Plants are supplied by Johnson's Nursery. To order, visitjniplants.com/online-plant-sales.

The second event is the annual Perennial Plant Sale held on June 1 in the downtown Elm Grove Park and Shop parking lot, 13425 Watertown Plank Road. See the selection online atelmgrovewi.org/791/Tree-Shrub-and-Plant-Sales.

Horicon Marsh

Wildflowers for Wildlife Native Plant Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18. Individual plants and mix and match flats available the day of the sale. N7725 Highway 28, Horicon.horiconmarsh.org

Norway Area Garden Club

Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon May 18. Locally grown perennials, annuals, veggies and house plants. Held rain or shine. Flightline Interiors, 7919 S. Loomis Road, Wind Lake.

VIA Bloom and Groom

Annual plant sale, 10 a.m. to noon May 18. The price of plants varies from $1 to $10 and there is a purchase limit of $30. Held at the Sacred Heart Center parking lot, 1545 S. Layton Blvd.

Cedarburg Garden Club

Perennials, herbs and house plant sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1. Most plants are $5 to $10. Cedarburg Cultural Center parking lot, W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.cedarburggardenclub.com

Daylily Society of Southeast Wisconsin

Daylily Sale is held from 7:30 a.m. to noonJune 1 at the Brookfield Farmers Market at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road, Brookfield. See over 200 varieties of daylilies at the sale in a range of sizes, colors, patterns and prices, from $8 to $25. Daylilies are hardy plants that have overwintered in a club garden in Wisconsin. A gallery of photos, flower descriptions and pricing is onlineatdssew.org.

Friends of Wehr Nature Center

Native Plant Sale in-person shopping, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 1-2. Plants at the Friends of Wehr sale are suitable for southeastern Wisconsin yards, with a selection you might not find at local nurseries. Select from native flowers, ferns, grasses or sedges priced by the plant, pot, tray or pack. The Pollinator Party Pack is available by pre-order and includes a group of 16 plugs that will provide an early summer through fall progression of flowering plants. For the best selection, consider ordering in advance. Deadline for pre-order is April 25. Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. (414) 425-8550,friendsofwehr.org/plantsale

Spring City Garden Club of Waukesha

Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1. Perennial plants, yard art and shabby chic boutique. Cash or checks preferred; credit cards accepted. St. John Neumann Catholic Church grounds, 2400 Les Paul Parkway, Waukesha.springcitygardenclub.org

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9 at 1111 E. Brown Deer Road. Prairie Future Seed Company will offer a wide selection of live plants for purchase. For pre-order details, visitschlitzaudubon.org.

2024 Milwaukee-area plant sales supply unique perennials, native plants and expertise (2024)

FAQs

What percentage of total plant sales are perennials? ›

Of this total, about 69% of sales are annual flowering, vegetable or herb plants, and about 31% are perennials. Vegetables account for almost 9.8% of total annual plant sales and herbs account for an additional 3.4% of annual plant sales.

How many native plants are in Wisconsin? ›

Approximately 1,800 species of native plants and close to 700 species of native vertebrates have been identified in Wisconsin. In addition, there are thousands of species of non-vascular plants and invertebrates.

How many years do perennials last? ›

Once planted, perennials come back each year. Depending on the type of plant you've planted, they can live anywhere from 3 to 15 years! While you can always dig them up and re-plant, it's usually best to pick a plant type that you can see yourself living with for a few seasons in your garden.

What are the top four flower production states in the United States? ›

Florida 1,170 California 958 Michigan 711 New Jersey 342 Texas 279 New York 244 Ohio 243 Pennsylvania 209 North Carolina 191 Connecticut 167 Of the 10 largest states, Florida had the highest sales, followed by California. Combined, these two states accounted for nearly one-third of all sales in the United States.

What is the Wisconsin Native Plant Program? ›

The mission of the Wisconsin Native Plant Certification program is to provide learning opportunities to empower people to develop, maintain, and advocate for ecological health through the development of native landscapes.

What are Wisconsin fast growing plants? ›

Wisconsin Fast Plants is the registered trademark for a cultivar of Brassica rapa, developed as a rapid life-cycle model organism for research and teaching. Wisconsin Fast Plants are a member of the Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae) family, closely related to the turnip and bok choy.

What plants is Wisconsin known for? ›

Trees like Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) and White Pine (Pinus strobus) are stalwarts of Wisconsin's native forests. They provide shade, habitat for wildlife, and are known for their brilliant fall color (Sugar Maple) and evergreen foliage (White Pine).

What is 80 percent of all plants? ›

Angiosperms are plants that produce flowers and bear their seeds in fruits. They are the largest and most diverse group within the kingdom Plantae, with about 300,000 species. Angiosperms represent approximately 80 percent of all known living green plants.

What percentage of all plants are flowering plants? ›

90 percent of all plants are flowering plants. This video discusses their evolution and diversity. Flower anatomy, the benefit of cross pollination and why flowering plants are so diverse.

What percentage of plants on Earth are flowering plants? ›

Angiosperms are flowering plants. They make up around 80 percent of all the living plant species on Earth.

Is a perennial a plant that lives more than _____ years? ›

Put simply, a perennial plant is one that lives for more than two years as opposed to shorter-lived annuals, which complete its life cycle in one year, and biennials, which bloom in their second year and die. Technically speaking, trees and shrubs are perennial plants because they grow for more than two years.

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