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The MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery

MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery is open year-round. Visit us to find PNW natives and rare and unusual species to bring home to your own garden. We are located in the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, giving you the unique opportunity to see what your young plants will look as mature specimens.

We are open every weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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28th Annual Mother's Day Sale and open House - May 8-10, 2015

MDS 2015

MsK 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!

Kids Activities: Sprout Spot all weekend where kids can dig in the soil, learn about plants, and make a gift for Mom. 

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

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

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

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

Strawberry Festival: Stay in the neighborhood on Saturday after you shop at KBG to visit the 16th Annual Strawberry Festival, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Richmond Beach community. The convenient shuttle will connect the Plant Sale and the Strawberry Festival and the offsite parking all day!  

Weekend Schedule

05/07 (Thursday) 3-7 PM  KBGF Member Preview 
05/08 (Friday) 1-2 PM Tour: Introductory tour of the garden - FREE
05/09 (Saturday)  10 AM-4 PM Sprout Spot activities for kids - FREE
  1-2 PM Tour: Introductory tour of the garden - FREE
05/10 (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.

Parking

As always, please use our offsite parking and complimentary shuttle.This year, the onsite parking lot will be closed off for the sale, so all parking will be limited to the offsite location. Access to offsite 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.

Garden Art and Sculpture Available for Purchase

  Artist Style
Kulshan Clay Works Clay Designs
  Bayview Welding and Art  Intricate metal welding
  Northwest Stone Sculptor's Association  Stone carving and sculpture
 Jesse Kelly Glass Glass plants, leaves, and fruits

 

Rodger Squirrel Metal Abstract metal sculpture
Miguel Edwards
Metal sculpture

 

Wilburton Pottery Clay garden tiles
  Stay Tuned for more artists!   

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 8 - 10 continues the tradition that Mareen originally founded.  Plant sales on Mother’s Day weekend are now as prolific as weeds. Twenty-eight 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.