The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary will open its doors to the public for the highly-anticipated Spring Plant Sale, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17. A Heard Museum Member Pre-Sale will be offered on April 15th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and is open to Heard Museum members only; however, memberships will be available for purchase at the event or online beforehand. Due to overwhelming support last year, the plant sale sold out early making the Member Pre-Sale all the more advantageous for Heard Museum members.
For more than 20 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to choose from a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs and well-adapted plants at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual Spring Plant Sale. This year, The Heard will provide some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and an opportunity to obtain many rare plants species.
There are a number of benefits to using native plants in landscaping. Using these plants that are naturally suited to Texas’ hydrologic issues is an excellent way to reduce reliance on supplemental watering. Many of the native plant species are also better suited to Texas’ climate and provide food sources and habitat for many kinds of wildlife.
This sale will also feature a limited number of native milkweed plants available for purchase. Milkweed is the only larval food source for the Monarch butterfly. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services estimate that their population has plummeted by 90% over the last 20 years. Planting milkweed to help feed Monarch butterfly caterpillars and planting native flowering plants (also available at the sale) to provide nectar for the adults are two ways in which individuals can help to restore the Monarch butterfly population.
All sales are tax free and the proceeds benefit The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Guests are welcome to bring carts or wagons to facilitate their purchases.
For more information about the plant sale, visit www.heardmuseum.org/plantsale.
About the Heard Museum
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, in McKinney, Texas, was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. For more information, visit www.heardmuseum.org.
2016 Spring Plant Sale
Benefiting the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturday, April 16: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069