Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale

An important aspect of the Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale is to help educate the public in the use of our native flora in garden settings. All of the species available are nursery-propagated plants. Many are propagated from seeds gathered from native populations of wildflowers, woody shrubs, and trees growing on the slopes of Lookout Mountain and the surrounding parts of the Cumberland Plateau. Gathering seeds from local populations allows us to enjoy the advantage of the adaptive variation found in the local gene pools. Species evolve in relationship to the other organisms in their area, and these symbioses form an interconnected web of dependency.

Our native trees, for example, not only provide the major structural component of the mature Appalachian forests, but also provide food in the form of nuts, fruits, leaves, and wood for a variety of animals, plants and fungi, forming the basis of the food chain. This balanced ecosystem of native plants can be upset by the introduction of non-natives, especially when our exotic domesticated plants escape into the wild and become invasive, displacing the native plants and the organisms that depend on them.

Attend our 29th Annual Native Plant Sale this Spring, 2016. We have just the plants you need for a native natural garden propagated especially for this area. This event is sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, EPB Fiber Optics, The Patten Group, PlayCore, Michael Campbell, David Johnston, Coca-Cola, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Moon Pie and Food City.

We have over 7,000 native plants of 130 different species available to purchase.
Reflection Riding 2016 Spring Native Plant Sale Listing

2016 Spring Native Plant Sale

Member Only Pre-Sale Event

Please note: If you join in order to participate in the Members-Only Pre-Sale at our Spring Native Plant Sale on Thursday, April 14th, please bring your receipt with you to the event.

Thursday, April 14th

  • 2:00 – 7:00 pm
    Members, be among the first to select your native plants at our Spring Native Plant Sale. We will have 130 species of native plants for you to choose from. There will be opportunities to ask questions of our native plant experts to learn how you can blend native plants in your landscaping project. If you attend and are not a member, you will have the opportunity to join on-the-spot.

Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Our Native Plant Sale will be open to the public. There will be garden experts available to answer your native gardening questions. Special programming will be available during the Friday and Saturday Public event.

2016 Spring Plant Sale Schedule of Events

Friday, April 15th

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Visit the Master Gardener’s booth to learn about composting throughout the day.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Come by our Native Wildlife Tent to learn about some of your backyard neighbors.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.: Join Master Gardener and volunteer Chris Mahoney for a talk about our Spring Ephemeral flowers and their importance in the ecosystem.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Join City Forester Gene Hyde for a Tree Identification walk. During this walk, you will learn some of the identifying characteristics of trees and some information about the trees that we have in our level 4 arboretum.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Join Dennis Bishop for a presentation on designing your yard with Native Plants.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Join a Rhododendron Society member and naturalist for a Spring Ephemeral flower walk.

Saturday, April 16th

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Visit the Master Gardener’s booth to learn about rain barrels throughout the day.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Jim Ogden with the National Military Park and the importance of Reflection Riding during the battle of Lookout Mountain.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Come by our Native Wildlife Tent to learn about some of your backyard neighbors.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Join Chris Mahoney to learn a little bit about how to care for your plants once you get them home.

10:30 a.m.: Promiscuous Azaleas with Hale Booth, Azalea & Rhododendron expert.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Join Master Gardeners Mike and Stephanie Payne for a Rain Barrel Workshop. In this workshop, you will learn how to make rain barrels and have one to take home.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Join Master Gardener and volunteer Chris Mahoney for a talk on our Spring Ephemerals and their importance in our ecosystem.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Join a Rhododendron Society member and naturalist for a Spring Ephemeral flower walk.

 

Spring Operating Schedule: March 7th to May 29th
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Closed Monday

*Open Easter & Memorial Day

Please note the last time to drive through loop is 30 minutes prior to closing.

400 Garden Road • Chattanooga, Tennessee 37419 • 423-821-1160