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APSU’s Native Plant Sale returns for fourth annual event

By: Ethan Steinquest March 26, 2024


A bee checks out a flower grown at Austin Peay State University’s Outdoor Education Center. | Photo by Sean McCully

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay State University (APSU) and the city of Clarksville are promoting environmental stewardship through the Healthy Yards Program, and community members can help by ordering from the University’s fourth annual Native Plant Sale from April 1-27.

Wes Powell, Austin Peay’s director of Landscape and Grounds, said there are 69 species of native perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs for sale, including 20 new species and over 1,600 individual plants. Each one was grown at Austin Peay, and individuals can browse and purchase their favorites here.

“Our partnership with the Healthy Yards Program helped our sales tremendously last year, and we anticipate similar participation this year,” Powell said. “I am extremely encouraged by the number of people in our community who are moving toward using native plants in their landscape. Using natives is one of the fastest-growing trends in the landscaping industry because people are seeing the benefits with their own eyes.”

According to Powell, some of the advantages of growing native plants include:

Where to order and pick up plants

The Native Plant Sale only accepts online orders placed here, and all proceeds benefit Austin Peay’s Arboretum Fund of Excellence to help maintain and expand the campus arboretum.

Anyone who purchases a native plant during the sale will be able to pick up their order from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 or 9 a.m.-noon April 27 from the campus parking lot at the corner of Eighth Street and Farris Street. Landscape and Grounds will post signage to help direct people to the pickup location.

A map to the pickup site for APSU's Native Plant Sale.
A map with the pickup site for APSU's Native Plant Sale.