Native Plant Sale

Thank you for another wonderful Spring Native Plant Sale! If you missed out, don’t worry! We will have another plant sale Saturday, October 5th 2024 at Hemlock Crossing Nature Center from 9am-1pm. More details to come!

Our native plant sales offer a wide assortment of Michigan-grown native flowering plants, shurbs, garden kits, and grasses. We hold the sale the spring and fall of each year. The funds we raise from the native plant sale provide important operational funding for the district.

For questions, please reach out to or call the office at 616-842-5852 Ext. 5.

Garden Kit Information:

All Garden Kits include a landscape plan to cover a 4′ x 10′ area.

Butterfly Garden Flat: 38 plugs for a 4’x10′ area. Example Species: Brown Fox Sedge, Sand Tickseed, Showy Coneflower, Pussy Toes, Bergamot, Purple Coneflower, Butterfly Weed, Cylindrical Blazing Star, Compass Plant, Spiderwort, Rattlesnake Master,  Wild Lupine, Joe Pye Weed, Foxglove, Thimbleweed, Stiff Goldenrod, Showy Goldenrod, New England Aster, Sky Blue Aster.

Grass Garden Flat: 38 plugs for a 12’x30′ area. Example Species: Big Bluestem, Bottlebrush Grass, Canada Wild Rye, Indian Grass, June Grass, Little Bluestem, Purple Top, Sweet Grass, Switch Grass.

Monarch Garden Flat: 38 plugs for a 4’x10′ area. Example Species: Purple Top Grass, False Boneset, Sand Tickseed, Roundleaf Ragwort, Sweet Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Prairie Blazing Star, Lead Plant, Rattlesnake Master, Purple Coneflower, Bergamot, Mountain Mint, Swamp Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed, Stiff Goldenrod, Showy Goldenrod, New England Aster, Smooth Blue Aster.

Pollinator Garden Flat: 38 plugs for a 4’x10′ area. Example Species: Shrubby Cinquefoil, Wild Lupine, Prairie Coreopsis, False Boneset, Butterfly Weed, Northern Blazing Star, Culver’s Root, Sweet Black-Eyed Susan, Mountain Mint, Smooth Blue Aster, New England Aster, Stiff Goldenrod, Showy Goldenrod.

Rain Garden Flat: 38 plugs for a 4’x10′ area. Example Species: Swamp Milkweed, Blue Vervain, Boneset, New England Aster, Cardinal Flower, Culver’s Root, Great Blue Lobelia, Marsh Blazing Star, Golden Alexander, Prairie Dock, Wild Blue Iris, Cup Plant.

Semi-Shade Garden Flat: 38 plugs for a 4’x10′ area. Example Species: Bottle Brush Grass, Bishop’s Cap, Wild Columbine, Hairy Beard Tongue, Foxglove, Culver’s Root, Joe Pye Weed, Sweet Black-Eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Woodland Sunflower, Nodding Wild Onion, Bluestem Goldenrod, Heart Leaf Aster, Thimbleweed.

Beach Grass Information:

Beach Grass is sold in 100 stems per single bundle.

WHEN:  We recommend planting from October 1st through April 30th. In temperate areas, the window can be extended by a couple of weeks earlier in the fall, and later in the spring. In general, the temperatures and rainfall amounts before or after these dates make it too dry and warm to support a bare root plant.

SPACING:  We recommend spacing your Beachgrass 12” apart in rows and space those rows 12” apart from each other. Staggering the rows will help in collecting more sand and thus building the dune quicker. This spacing would give you 1 plant for every 1 square foot of the dune. If the area is very flat and protected from high winds, sometimes beachgrass is planted 18” apart, which uses fewer plants, however, it will take longer to establish the dune system. If the area is very steep and needs to establish more quickly, then the grasses can be planted on a 6” spacing. 

HOW: We recommend a two-person team when planting Beachgrass. One person uses the shovel and places their foot on the step to drive it deep into the sand. They then push the handle forward and pull it backward thus creating a “V” in the sand, while keeping the shovel in the hole to hold the sand in place, the other person on the team now places a plant into the hole on the backside of the shovel. The first person now pulls the shovel from the hole and firmly packs the loose sand around the plant with their feet.

Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have many volunteers signed up to help out with our plant sale this spring, but watch out for future volunteer opporuntities in the fall!


Thank you 2024 Plant Sale Sponsors!

We appreciate the support of these Ottawa County businesses to help us meet the local demand for native plants!


Rain Barrel Information

We are selling rain barrels for $50 each. These rain barrels are 55 gallons and come with a spout to access collected water, but do not inclue rain gutter connections.

Would you like more assistance in choosing native plants? Check out this Plant Finder from MSU Extension by clicking here.

Looking for more information on local nurseries or landscape design asssistance? Visit the Native Plant Guild website.

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