27th Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale 

MsK Nursery offers our largest selection of the year at this beloved, time-honored sale. Trilliums, rare natives, unusual bulbs, ferns and forest floor rarities are just some of the highlights. Enjoy free family activities and see the garden in glorious spring bloom! 

Sale highlights

Kids Activities: Sprout Spot all weekend where kids can dig in the soil, learn about plants, and make a gift for Mom. Drama with your Mama from 10am–12pm on Saturday.

Food trucks: Gourmet Hot Dogs from Dante’s Inferno Dogs and Ice Cream from Social Ice Cream!

Sculpture and Garden Art: KBG will host sculptures from guest artists during the month of May, all of which will be available for purchase. See our website for more information about the artists and pieces that will be on display.

Pottery and Garden Crafts: Popular Wilburton pottery and local garden crafts will be for sale!

Members Presale: KBGF members get first peek at the best selection from 3-7pm on Thursday, May 8.

Tours and seminars: Free tours and seminars each day of the sale from 1-2pm. 

Weekend Schedule


05/08 (Thursday) 3-7 PM  Member's Preview 
05/09 (Friday) 1-2 PM Seminar: MsK Collector's Corner plants - FREE
05/10 (Saturday)  10 AM-4 PM Sprout Spot activities for kids - FREE
  10 AM-12 PM Drama workshop: Drama with your Mama!
  1-2 PM Tour: Introductory tour of the garden - FREE
05/11 (Sunday)  10 AM-4 PM Sprout Spot activities for kids - FREE 
  1-2 PM Tour: Introductory tour of the garden - FREE

Directions to the Sale

Click here for detailed directions to the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden.


As always, please use our offsite parking and complimentary shuttle.The shuttle is fast and convenient, and riders receive a $5 coupon to use at the sale. Access to off-site parking is from 15th ave NW, so simply follow the signs.

Friday and Saturday: Richmond Beach Community Church.1512 NW 195th St.

Sunday: Syre Elementary.  19545 12th Ave NW.

The History of the Mother's Day Plant Sale

Mareen Kruckeberg first opened her private garden and nursery for a small plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend in 1987. Twenty-five years later, the annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale and Open House that she began carries on as a thriving community tradition at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden.

The MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery's Mother's Day Plant Sale on May 10 - 12 continues the tradition that Mareen originally founded.  Plant sales on Mother’s Day weekend are now as prolific as weeds. Twenty-six years ago they were not as wide spread – Don’t miss the original! The plant sale will feature hundreds of species, many hard-to-find, of Northwest native plants and unusual exotics that are well suited for Northwest gardens. Free family activities and garden tours will also be offered.

Mareen, who passed away in 2003, specialized in a wide selection of plants that were rarely available in nurseries at the time. She loved to make interesting plants available to local gardeners. The annual Mother’s Day Sale quickly became a favorite community event, particularly for plant enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

Since its inception, the Sale has taken a new direction transitioning from a small open house at a private garden to a large fundraising event for a public botanic garden. The Garden is now owned by the City of Shoreline and operated by the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation (KBGF), a non-profit foundation. The Mother’s Day Sale is KBGF's largest fundraising event. Members of the Foundation are invited to shop early at the member’s only pre-sale event on May 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm. New members are welcome.

As a mother herself, Mareen enjoyed children and often sent them home from the sale with a free violet. The tradition continues at the Sale’s popular Sprout Spot, where families with young children can get their hands dirty with free educational activities, choose a plant to take home, and make a gift for Mom. KBGF will also offer free garden tours on May 11 and 12. These tours will introduce visitors to the Garden’s highlights and help them to spot the not-to-miss plant specimens.