EARTH SANGHA | WILD PLANT NURSERY

Propagating Local, Native Plants for Ecological Restoration

Earth Sangha’s Wild Plant Nursery provides the most comprehensive selection of local ecotype native plants for ecological restoration in the Washington, DC, region. All plants are grown from seed that we collect, with permission, from parks and wild areas in the DC region. For a more detailed look at the benefits of local ecotype plants see our Backgrounder on Local Propagation. We currently propagate roughly 300 species of native trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants. To see our inventory, click on the Plant List tab above.

We can’t run the Wild Plant Nursery without volunteers. To join us, see the volunteer tab, above.

You can visit and purchase plants year-round by appointment; email Lisa at lbright@earthsangha.org. Each year we also have an Open House and Plant Sale in the spring and in the fall.

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Interested in Buying Plants?

To see our inventory, click on the Plant List tab above. Our hours are by appointment only, email Lisa at lbright@earthsangha.org to schedule an appointment or for help with your planting.

For Natural Resource Professionals:

We can supply plants for your restoration planting or project. All our plants are 100% local ecotype, grown from seed collected in the wild -- no cultivars or clonal stock. We can help select appropriate species for restoration plantings as well as, occasionally, offer on-site assistance. We offer discounted rates for restoration projects in the region and can work with within your budget. To organize an order for your restoration project please contact us.

You can contract with us. Earth Sangha is a fully bonded contractor to Fairfax County for the provision of local-ecotype native plants. Fairfax County is Virginia’s largest jurisdiction economically, and has a rigorous contract development process. Other agencies in the region often find it cheaper, faster, and easier to work with Fairfax County contracts than to start from scratch with their own contracting. Your office may welcome this option too.

Our Fairfax County contract is available online. There is no permanent, stable link to it, but here’s how to reach it: go to the Fairfax County Contract Register. In the search page, enter "Earth Sangha" in the Contractor Name Field. Click "View Details" in the results page. In the Contract Details page, click the links under "Contract Documents." Note: the Fairfax County Park Authority is designated as the sole "Authorized User" in our contract but that doesn’t exclude other county agencies or county contractors from using the contract.

For Home Gardeners and Hobbyists:

Native plants make attractive and hardy additions to the home garden. We hold two Open House & Plant Sales a year (spring and fall) where you can purchase plants and get help choosing appropriate native plants.

You can visit and purchase plants year-round by appointment; email Lisa at lbright@earthsangha.org. Non-member plant prices are $15 for trees and shrubs, $10 for Herbaceous (perennial and grasses) species. Members of the Earth Sangha qualify for discount pricing.

View a slide show of Selected Nursery Species.

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Interested in Volunteering?

There is no other facility in our region where volunteers can learn to care for so great a number of native plant species. We offer a number of volunteer options at our Wild Plant Nursery that are suitable for all ages and experience levels. No prior experience is necessary, we are happy to train you.

Volunteers perform a variety of tasks from watering, weeding, and transplanting to basic construction and maintenance.

Please see our Field Schedule for an up-to-date list of volunteer events and opportunities. Please contact us for more information at info@earthsangha.org.

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Driving Directions

The Wild Plant Nursery is located off Cloud Drive in Franconia Park in Springfield, Virginia. View the nursery’s location on Google Maps.

GPS Directions:

You can view our nursery’s location and get driving directions on Google Maps here. (The Google pointer is set to the Franconia Park parking lot off Cloud Dr. From the parking lot, just walk down the gravel road along the community garden plots.)

Paper Map Directions:

The Wild Plant Nursery is located off Cloud Dr. in Franconia Park in Springfield, VA. (See the ADC Northern Virginia Map Book, map 5762, square E4.) Access is from Franconia Road (644). From Franconia Road, turn north on Thomas Drive; there is a traffic light at the intersection of Thomas Drive and Franconia Road. (Thomas Drive is less than half a mile east of the 395/95 intersection) From Thomas Drive, turn right onto Meriwether Lane. Turn left onto Cloud Drive; there is a park entrance at the end of Cloud. Please park in the parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, then walk down the gravel road along the community gardens. Our nursery lies beyond the community gardens.

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Watering: The essential growing-season chore.
  • Watering: The essential growing-season chore.
    Watering: The essential growing-season chore.
  • Potting and transplanting.
    Potting and transplanting.
  • St. John's volunteers in our container yard.
    St. John's volunteers in our container yard.
  • Installing irrigation pipe.
    Installing irrigation pipe.
  • Our growing-trough irrigation system.
    Our growing-trough irrigation system.
  • Weeding spice-bush pots.
    Weeding spice-bush pots.
  • Picking plants for sale.
    Picking plants for sale.
  • An aquatic growing-trough.
    An aquatic growing-trough.
  • Our
    Our "Wild Herb Corral" in early September.
  • Our native-grass beds in early fall.
    Our native-grass beds in early fall.
  • Acorns being prepared for winter.
    Acorns being prepared for winter.
  • Cleaning native-grass seed—an indoor chore!
    Cleaning native-grass seed—an indoor chore!
  • Mulching container plants for winter.
    Mulching container plants for winter.

Watering: The essential growing-season chore.
 
 

 

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