Kick Off for Fall Wildflower Season with the Native Plant Sale and Three Guided Walks


Take advantage of a wide offering of native north Florida plants during the 2018 Fall Native Plant Sale. Native plants are adapted to drought and the heat, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, require less upkeep and help save money. The Fall Native Plant Sale is at Morningside Nature Center Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The Native Plant Sale features beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society, and certify that plants are nursery-propagated and grown. Get expert advice - bring pictures or drawings of your yard; members of the Florida Native Plant Society are available to help!

An exclusive members' only sale is Friday, Sept. 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). It’s easy to join in person or online, and memberships are available at the gate. To join the Friends of Nature Parks, please visit To join the Florida Native Plant Society, please visit their website at Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted.

During the sale, join us for these three free, guided walks, all starting from the pavilion. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and any field guides you would like to use.

  • Wildflower Walk at 9 a.m.:  Led by Susan Carr, the Conservation Coordinator at North Florida Land Trust. We will explore the beautiful offering of wildflowers in the park.
  • Spider Walk at 10 a.m.: Led by John Reiskind, Emeritus Biology Professor at the University of Florida. He will introduce you to a lot of friendly faces.
  • Wildflower Walk at 11:30 a.m:. Led by members of Florida Native Plant Society.

The Native Plant Sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

For event information, please call 352-393-8240 or visit

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