About the Wild Plant Nursery
The Wild Plant Nursery is a unique resource for ecological restoration in the greater Washington, DC, area. Established in 2001 in Springfield, Virginia, under an agreement with the Fairfax County Park Authority, the nursery is the region's most comprehensive source of local, wild native-plant material (“local ecotypes”). The use of local ecotypes is a standard best practice in ecological restoration because that helps to safeguard genetic diversity and local adaptation in the species planted. The nursery is currently working with about 340 species, some uncommon or rare in the wild in this region. For many of these species, our nursery is the DC area’s only source of production — local ecotype or otherwise. All plants are grown from seed (or spores) that we ourselves collect, from over 50 local natural areas. (We collect only with permission.) The nursery serves our own planting programs, as well as those of area governments, schools, businesses, and other conservation nonprofits. We rely on volunteers to run the nursery! To join us, check the Volunteer page for our Field Schedule. Please note that our nursery and office addresses are different. The Wild Plant Nursery is located at 6100 Cloud Dr. in Franconia Park, Springfield. Our office is located in Fairfax, but is not open for plant sales. See detailed directions to the nursery below.
COVID-19 Plant Sale Info:
The Wild Plant Nursery will reopen for plant sales in early March (weather dependent). Species availability will vary in the beginning of the season. Trees and shrubs will be available the earliest. We are not currently accepting firm pre-orders, but you can email your "wish list" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
All volunteers and customers must be pre-confirmed either through our online volunteer sign-up or our online appointment systems.
No more than 10 people can volunteer for an event at one time.
Volunteers/customers should not visit the Wild Plant Nursery if they have any COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Volunteers/customers must wear a face mask while at the Wild Plant Nursery.
Volunteers/customers must practice social-distancing while at the Wild Plant Nursery.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and water bottles.
If you've never visited our nursery before, we're located at the Cloud Dr. entrance to Franconia Park. You can navigate to 6100 Cloud Dr, enter the park, then turn right down the gravel path by the garden plots. We're back behind the garden plots and we will have signage set up directing you to the numbered pick-up bays.
Directions to the Nursery
The Wild Plant Nursery is located off 6100 Cloud Drive in Franconia Park in Springfield, Virginia. Access is from Franconia Road (644). From Franconia, turn north on Thomas Drive. (There is a traffic light at Thomas and Franconia. Thomas 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.
Trees, shrubs, and woody vines: Gallon
Because our stock is mainly used for restoration work, our woodies are typically 1-2ft tall.
Herbaceous: Quart pots
Herbaceous: Plugs(Plugs are purchased by the tray (21 or 50 cell trays) and cannot be purchased individually.)
Earth Sangha members qualify for discount prices of 25% off per pot and $0.25 off per plug. Membership starts at $35 per year. You can become a member at the nursery, or use our Donate page.
Schools and parks qualify for discounted pricing. To organize an order for your project, please contact us (email@example.com or 703.333.3022) as early in your planning process as possible!
For Home Gardeners and Hobbyists:
Native plants make attractive and hardy additions to the home garden. They provide habitat for native wildlife, including songbirds and butterflies. You can visit the Wild Plant Nursery and purchase plants during our volunteer workdays or by appointment. Please see hours above. We also hold Open House & Plant Sale events every year, in spring and fall. If you need advice on species selection please email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-member plant prices are $15 for trees and shrubs, $10 for herbaceous (perennial and grasses) species. Earth Sangha members receive discounts of $3 off per pot. Membership starts at $35. You can become a member at the nursery, or visit our Donate page.
For Natural Resources Professionals:
We can supply plants for your restoration project. All our plants are 100% local ecotype, grown from seed or spores collected in the wild; we do not sell cultivars or stock of unknown provenance. We can also help select appropriate species for your project and we may be able to offer on-site assistance. We offer discounted rates for local restoration projects and can work with within your budget. If you are a natural areas manager or conservationist in the Washington, DC, region, we would be interested in hearing about your planting needs. To organize an order for your project, please contact us as early in your planning process as possible!
Species Guidelines by Habitat:
Native plant gardens are a great tool for teaching students about local ecosystems and fostering environmental stewardship. We have over a decade of experience in supplying DC-area schools with native plants. We can also offer advice on how to landscape with natives. If your school is organizing a native plant garden, please contact us as early in your planning process as possible. Click here to download our Wild Garden Manual for information on how to plan your native plant garden and our discounted school kits. We would also be happy to host your students at the nursery or one of our field sites, for a hands-on, educational field trip. Please email Matt at to schedule a visit.
Looking to plant a rain garden or your dry, wooded backyard and aren't sure where to start? Get started by checking out Lisa's Habitat Guidelines below. Lisa created these general guidelines for what herbaceous species can be found in each habitat, because we understand that sorting through our 300+ Species List can very daunting. These lists do not cover all the species we grow and are just guidelines for where to start.
Banner: Customers at the Wild Plant Nursery during the 2013 Fall Open House and Plant Sale. Photo by Chris Bright.