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Where to buy native plants in Ontario 2020

Native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, vines and grasses create important habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife that will make your garden a vibrant haven for years to come. To find native plants for your garden, visit these nurseries and garden centres in southwestern Ontario:

Evergreen Garden Market (550 Bayview Ave., Toronto), open 7 days a week; see website for hours.

Fiesta Gardens (200 Christie St., Toronto), open 7 days a week from April to December; see website for hours.

Grow Wild Native Plant Nursery (3784 Hwy 7, Omemee), by appointment.

Native Plant Source (1120 Wurster Place, Breslau), open Saturdays & Sundays in May (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), or by appointment. Learn more.

Native Plants in Claremont (4965 Westney Road, Pickering / Claremont), seasonal public nursery hours or by appointment; see website for info.

Not So Hollow Farm (838369 4th Line East, Mulmur), season opens May 2, 2020; open Thursday to Saturday (see website for hours), or by appointment.

Ontario Native Plants online sales & Ontario shipping only. 

Puslinch Naturally Native Trees (Bee Sweet Nature Co.) (4182 Sideroad 20 South, Puslinch), open Wednesday to Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) from April 15 to June 23 & Sept. 5 to Nov. 10; please call ahead at 519-763-0370.

Wildflower Farm (10195 Hwy 12 West, R.R.#2, Coldwater), online sales only.

Are there other nurseries that you would like to see on this list? Let us know! Email hello@milkweedjournal.com.

Native plant & tree sales

Native plants sales are another great way to find the perfect plants, shrubs and trees for your garden. Here’s a list of plant sales in spring 2020:

Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens’ Plant Faire takes place Saturday April 25, 2020, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 680 Plains Rd. W. in Burlington, ON. Get a head start on the gardening season with unique seeds, specialty + native plants for your home garden; passionate gardening professionals on hand to answer questions. Free admission – donations welcome.

Cambridge

The Grand River Conservation Authority’s annual tree sale occurs every year on the second Friday in May (May 22, 2020), 8 a.m.-noon, at 400 Clyde Rd. in Cambridge, ON. A wide variety of native trees and shrubs are typically available, ranging in size from small bare root and plug seedlings to potted trees and saplings. Species and price list is posted two days prior to the sale. *Online tree sales are also available – see link for stock availability.

Guelph

Native plants can be found at the Guelph-Wellington Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant Sale, Saturday May 23, 2020, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 530 Wellington St. W. (Highway 124) in Guelph, ON. This event is in partnership with Guelph Enabling Garden, Pollination Guelph, Nature Guelph Wildflower Society, and City of Guelph Healthy Landscapes – who will have rain barrels for pick-up and sale (pre-orders recommended). Runs rain or shine; get there early to avoid disappointment. 

Muskoka area

Muskoka Conservancy’s Native Plant Sale typically runs in early May; check website for updates on 2020’s date and plant catalog pre-orders. Phone and online sales also available. Pick-up in Bracebridge and Huntsville.

Oakville

The Oakvillegreen Conservation Association is selling native trees, shrubs, milkweed and pollinator garden kits by pre-order online until April 27, 2020, for pick-up in Oakville on May 9.

Toronto area

The North American Native Plant Society will be offering native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, ferns, vines, grasses and sedges at three sales:

  • Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto, ON
    Date: Saturday May 2, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Riverwood, 4150 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, ON
    Date: Sunday May 17, 2020, noon
    In partnership with The Riverwood Conservancy. 
  • Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
    Date: Sunday May 31, 2020, noon to 4 p.m.
    We will be at the annual Bike with Mike, a family-friendly event that celebrates cycling and environmental issues.

The Toronto Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale offers a thoughtfully curated selection of plants including flowering annuals, herbaceous perennials, native plants, shrubs, small trees, vegetables and herbs, plus gardening advice from the Toronto Master Gardeners.
Friday, May 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: TBG (777 Lawrence Avenue E., Toronto, ON)

Other

Seedy Saturdays typically run in March and April and are a great source for native and organic seeds – check your area listings for one near you!