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2021 Arboretum Plant Sale & Tailgate Market

May 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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May 26 – 29

Event Details


May 26, 2021


10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Parking Bay #3

Calling all garden lovers! The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual outdoor plant sale is back, and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever. Revitalize your garden and home when you shop with us this spring.

This year, the Plant Sale will take place in multiple parts, all of which will be conducted outdoors in the third bay of the Arboretum’s main parking lot.

Arboretum Plant Sale

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 26 and 27, we’ll be offering an assortment of plants grown right here in the Arboretum’s Production Greenhouse — including many of the beautiful plants featured in our seasonal landscapes. Be on the lookout for unique annuals and perennials, including ornamental grasses, garden phlox, coneflowers, agastache, dahlias, salvias, petunias, verbenas and more. The sale will run from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, while supplies last.

All proceeds from this portion of the sale benefit The North Carolina Arboretum Society and support the Arboretum’s educational programs, facilities and exhibits year-round. Thank you for your support!

(Please Note: All members Rhododendron-level and higher are invited to join us a day early for a special preview sale!)

Tailgate Market

This year, we are thrilled to expand the sale by partnering with local growers and businesses for a tailgate-style market on Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to shop an even greater selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs, houseplants, cut flowers and natural products, all gathered into one place.

Participating Vendors Include:

Know Before You Go

  • Supplies are limited. We recommend arriving earlier during the sale to find the best selection.
  • Dogs are not permitted in plant sale area, so plan to have someone accompany you that can take them for a walk around campus while you shop if you want to bring your pet to the Arboretum.
  • The event will be held rain or shine, so please check the forecast and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Bring your wagons and boxes to help carry home your haul!
  • Cash and checks are the preferred method of payment.
  • The Arboretum’s standard $16 parking fee applies for all non-members.

Thank you for your support. We can’t wait for you to join us for the 2021 Plant Sale in May!