Plant Sale 2017

What’s so great about our Annual Plant Sale?

Just about everything!

Not only is it one of the biggest plant sales in the tristate area, it’s also the Friends’ biggest event of the year and our only fundraiser. Just think, by volunteering at the sale and shopping for thousands of gorgeous plants you are helping ensure that the Friends will continue to be able to sponsor the hundreds of programs hosted at the arboretum throughout the year. How great is that?

So, block your calendar for May 5-7 and let your friends and neighbors know by sending them this link to this page ( On our website you’ll find a list of our hundreds of different vegetables, herbs, annuals and tropicals, perennials, trees, and shrubs. You’ll also find planting recommendations from our plant experts and links to our growers. Plus, you’ll be able to volunteer to help at the sale by registering online using the link in the box at right.

We’ll have our popular Preview talk at 7:00 pm on April 5th. Kim Eierman, from EcoBeneficial, will be talking about Native plants at 1:00 pm on April 22nd and then we’ll have a special program only for volunteers on April 29th as a kick off to Plant Sale Week. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow members and other local gardeners and to learn more about plants.

The weekend of the sale, we’ll again offer exclusive shopping to our members from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday May 5th. We’re excited to invite you to come early on Friday for a special $25 program at 2:00 pm that we’re calling ‘Prosecco, Pellegrino, and Plants!’ with well-known plantsman David Culp. After David’s talk, you’ll get first dibs on all of our plants plus personal advice from a renowned horticulturalist. The plant sale will be open to the public that weekend between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with plant advisors on hand throughout to help with recommendations of what will work best in your garden.

We’re all looking forward to seeing you at the sale!

--Ilona Ontscherenki, for the entire Plant Sale Team


Meet our Plant Experts

We're lucky to have some well-known horticulturalists and garden designers join us for the Preview Party with David Culp this Friday, May 5th.  In addition to these great friends of the arboretum, we'll have over two dozen more plant experts on hand to help you shop throughout the weekend.


New: Plant Expert pop up demos on Saturday and Sunday

This year we're lucky to have two talented Morris County Master Gardeners from the Spreakers' Bureau join us at the sale and present several 15-minute pop-up talks that will help you garden better this year.  Be sure to look for them in the tent.  

Here's their presentation schedule:


Plant Dividends 2017

The 2017 member plant dividend will be your choice of either a caladium, for shade, or a canna, for sun, You can pick up your selection in the tent throughout the sale, May 5-7

(Limited supply of cultivars)

For Sun


Canna Peeko


Canna Yellow King Humbert