Aslepias tuberosa (Butterfly milkweed) Photo: R. Evans UPDA

UPDATE: The majority of the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens is currently closed in response to the woods travel and activity ban enacted by the province due to hazardously dry conditions. The Native Plant Sale will now take place in the Walled Garden, Garden Room and Greenhouse. Please enter through the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre doors.

Our Native Plant sale has been taking place for more than 15 years and is a joint effort between staff at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens and the Friends of the Acadian Forest Volunteer Society.

The native perennials sold by the Friends have been lovingly propagated by volunteers from seed collected in the wild and from the botanical gardens. Proceeds from the sale of these plants go back to the non-profit society to support plant conservation and education projects at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens.


Baldwin Nurseries from Falmouth will be attending the sale again this year with a great selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. Baldwin’s plants will be for sale at nursery prices and CASH ONLY.

We are looking forward to welcoming a brand new native plant nursery from New Germany this year. LaHave Drumlins Native Plant Nursery CASH ONLY.

Beneath the Boughs Woodland Plant Nursery will have their usual selection of beautiful native plants. CASH/DEBIT.

If you want some help with ecological restoration gardening, the wonderful Bridgewater company Helping Nature Heal will also be in attendance.

The Nova Scotia Invasive Species Council will be on hand to help educate individuals about what invasive species to avoid planting in home gardens.

Our friends at the Blomidon Naturalists Society will have a table sharing information about their exciting ButterflyWay – pollinator project.

You can learn more about backyard composting and enter a draw to win a FREE BACKYARD COMPOSTER from Valley Waste-Resource Management.


To be more COVID friendly and to give everyone a chance to walk through the beautiful Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens and see examples of native plants in their appropriate habitats, we’re holding the sale outside on the Quiet Lawn beside the Marsh. Volunteers and signs will lead you to the sale from the Main Garden Gates.


View the posters below to find out what plants The Friends of the Acadian Forest have in our 2023 inventory and learn more about their ideal growing conditions.