Cockrell Butterfly Center Spring Plant Sale This Saturday!

April 13, 2018

Spring is in the air and the Houston Museum of Natural Science Spring Plant Sale is right around the corner! If you are in need of plants, we will have thousands! There will be over 20 different species of host plants for butterflies, over 100 different species of nectar plants for all hungry pollinators, and some fun exotic, edible, and ornamentals to choose from.

We will be offering packages of lady bugs as a natural way to control garden pests, as well as caterpillars and chrysalides that you can adopt and take home to your garden!

In addition to the Plant Sale, we will be having our very first Spring Garden Festival from 8am-4pm! See details for both events below

Coffee Trees will be available to purchase!

Spring Plant Sale Details:

Date:     Saturday, April 14th 2018

Time:    Early Bird Opening at 8:30 for Museum Members *Must present Membership card*

9am opening for general public

Sale ends at noon or when plants run out

Location: Outside of the HMNS Main entrance on the grassy lawn (See attached map for more detail)

Plant List: Attached is the current list, be the first to see it! I will be adding even more plants to our inventory, so please be sure to see the complete list that will be posted on the HMNS website and will also be handed out the morning of the sale. Tons of great plants for pollinators as well as some exciting exotics.

Other important facts

  • From 9:30-11:30 there will be a face painting booth!
  • Don’t forget to bring your wagon! Some will be provided, but we cannot guarantee availability.
  • This year the check-out kiosks will be located just inside the museum. There will be an outside holding area while you check out. Holding area only available during the hours of the sale.
  • There will be a loading zone for easy pick up once you check out
  • Museum Members, as always, get 10% off of purchases
  • Don’t see a plant on the list that you want? Let me know and I can work on having it at future sales
  • Some plants sell out quickly, so be sure to come early!
  • Didn’t get the plant that you had your heart set on? Let me know and I can put you on a waitlist while I propagate more.
  • Can’t make it to the sale but still need plants? Appointments will be available for purchase the week after the sale. Email me to set up a time or view the current availability list.

Native milkweed to attract some butterflies to your garden!




Garden Festival

 Date: April 14th

Time: 8am – 4pm

Location: in the Grand Hall

Community and Vendor Booths:

  • Harris County Master Gardeners
  • Houston Zoo
  • Katy Prairie Conservancy
  • Houston Herb Society
  • Native Plant Society
  • Urban Harvest
  • Metal Rain Tanks
  • Orchids and Tropicals LLC – Orchids, tropical and bromeliads FOR SALE!
  • SweetNes Honey Beetique- HONEY FOR SALE!!


Parking Options

HMNS GARAGE: Members pay $5

$10 parking (for non-members) when you spend $30 at the Plant Sale

Non-member regular price $20

                Centennial Gardens parking lot: Free 3 hour parking

Parking Lot A: Free 3 hour Parking

It’s going to be a very exciting and fun filled day, we hope that you join us!

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<Attach map of sale and plant list>

Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

One response to “Cockrell Butterfly Center Spring Plant Sale This Saturday!”

  1. Dianne Wells says:

    A few years back I bought a Dutchman’s pipe vine at the plant sale. It has multiplied and produced clouds of pipevine swallowtails. I was trying to describe it accurately to a friend (I know it is not native to Houston) and I wonder if you could give me its scientific name.

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