Online Plant Sale

The Explorer’s Plant Sale: A Curated Selection of Exceptional Plants is a biennial online shopping experience featuring extraordinary trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, many of which are being introduced for the first time in the southeastern United States.


Become a Patron

Limited to 20 supporters, become a patron and receive early access to the sale, local delivery and site consultation: $500 

  • 24-hour advance online access to the Explorer’s Plant Sale (beginning May 20 at 10 a.m.) Password required for entry. 
  • Local delivery of your purchases. (On-site pick up also available at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, May 24, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Site consultation to assist you with finding the perfect location for your new plants to thrive. 
  • The Patron opportunity is limited to the first 20 supporters to ensure a pleasant shopping and swift delivery experience.

Public online shopping link will be available on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 

For additional questions, please contact Kaila J. Biggio, kbiggio@atlantabg.org, 404-591-1575.

Patron Opportunity Closed

Help the Garden Grow

Your support helps provide vital support for the International Plant Exploration Program (IPEP)

Since IPEP was established in 2016, the Garden has built an expansive evaluation nursery at the Garden’s Gainesville property, conducted numerous seed collecting trips to Southeast Asia, and launched global collaborations that will continue to grow and flourish. There is still so much biodiversity to be discovered, catalogued, and cultivated—and we look forward to sharing our journeys with you.


Sale & Pick-up Details

Patron Early Online Access begins on May 20 at 10 a.m. Password for entry is required. Public online shopping link will be available on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 

  • Plant pick-up will be held on-site at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, May 24 between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pick up instructions to follow. Loading assistance will be available.
  • All sales are final.

Calanthe tricarinata

This gorgeous Calanthe is just one of the extraordinary group of hardy orchids featured in this year’s Explorer’s Plant Sale. All are nearly unavailable in the U.S.—and all are remarkable in their own right. This particular species is native to Japan and boasts pleated evergreen foliage that forms a nice rosette on the ground, with an early-spring burst of lemon-yellow flowers accented with red lips on 15-inch bloom spikes.


Cercis chuniana

Collected in the wild in Hunan, China—and grown in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville nursery since 2015—Cercis chuniana is a very rare species of redbud tree unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It features four-season interest: a lovely silhouette in winter; springtime bicolor pink/white flowers blooming in short chains at every node; lush leathery summer foliage; and show-stopping reddish-orange fall color. Truly exceptional!


Carrierea calycina

Colloquially known as the “Goat-Horn Tree,” this extremely rare deciduous plant found in Sichuan, China is a vigorous and hardy grower in our local climate, thriving in part sun/part shade conditions. It displays glossy green foliage on red petioles, with an upright mature height of more than 20 feet. Creamy-white, beautifully fragrant flower sprays adorn Carrierea calycina in early summer.


Amentotaxus hatuyenensis

Seeds collected in Ha Giang, Vietnam back in 2013 have now matured into a sensational evergreen catkin-yew plant representing the first Amentotaxus hatuyenensis seedlings in the United States. The rarest species within the genus, this conifer features large, highly distinctive foliage with a gorgeous bronze flush in spring and prominent silver stomatal banding on the underside of the leaves. Shiny bright-red fruits add to the charm of this extraordinary plant.