Native Plant Gardening

Gardening with native plants benefits wildlife and the environment

ANS maintains beautiful demonstration gardens at Woodend, offers gardening clinics and classes,
holds seasonal native plant sales and can even bring expert help right to your garden!

Upcoming Classes and Programs

Native Plant Gardening in Containers

Saturday, September 24 (10 am-12 pm)
Member $30; nonmembers $42

Whether you are looking to attract pollinators to your apartment balcony, or you are tired of replacing annuals in your pots every season, join Garden Programs Manager Alice Sturm for native plant gardening in containers! We'll discuss recommended species, how to design an attractive combination, and do a hands-on demonstration. Class held in the tent by the Learning Garden. REGISTER HERE

Native Plant Sale & Garden Program Open House

Sunday, October 2 (9 am-12 pm)
Rain Date Sunday, October 23 (9 am - 12 pm)

There will be tours of the various garden areas given by some of our Master Gardener volunteers, along with native perennials and grasses for sale. Come to learn more about our garden volunteer programs, native plant gardening in general, and the Montgomery County Master Gardener Program. Tours meet by the gazebo; plant sale held in the tent by the learning garden.

Square Foot Habitat Gardening

Sunday, October 9 (10 am-12 pm)
Member $30; nonmembers $42

Learn how to make the most of every square foot in your garden for wildlife benefit with our Garden Programs Manager Alice Sturm. Habitat is a precious commodity in our urban region, especially for wildlife stressed by climate change. But you can make a difference, even in a small space by packing it with food, shelter, water and nesting opportunities. Class held in the tent by the mansion. REGISTER HERE

ANS Garden Consultations

An on-site coaching visit with ANS
will help you:

• Define sunny, shady, dry and wet areas in your garden

• Identify your existing plants and recommend additions

• Strategize next steps to improve habitat or start a food garden

•Provides a simple map of your property with recommendations specific to different areas

Includes Garden Coaching
(One on-site visit)

Provides a technical planting plan including:

• Plant species
• Quantities and sizes
• Locations
• Design provided on a scale drawing

Suitable for installation by you or a landscape contractor for up to 2,000 SF (which can be split over several areas if needed.)

On-site consultations are available within 15 miles of Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Consultations farther than 15 miles will incur an additional mileage charge for each mile over 15.


For books and resources on landscaping and gardening with native plants, visit Woodend’s Audubon Naturalist Shop.

Visit to sign up for nature classes and field trips.

Free downloads and other resources:

Visit Woodend Sanctuary

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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