The Umstead Coalition 
Celebrating Umstead State Park since 1934!

Rain Garden Volunteer Day & Plant Sale

  • 11/13/2022
  • William B. Umstead State Park


Registration is closed

Volunteer: 9am-noon and noon-4pm

This service day will concentrate on maintenance for our Forested Rain Garden.  We will be placing rocks to stabilize the side slopes and weeding. We also need volunteers to help with work day set-up and take-down. There will be tasks to accommodate a variety of physical levels. This work day is suited for ages 16 years and older. We have set up 2 volunteer time slots: 9am-noon ; noon-4pm. Bring your work gloves if you have them, but we also will have gloves. The Umstead Coalition will provide snacks and water. 

This project is providing several environmental and user benefits, including:  reduced runoff volume and intensity of stormwater runoff (as well as treatment of sediment and nutrient pollutants) due to the infiltration into special soil media and plants installed in the medians. The trees and shrubs will provide much needed shade in the hot, steamy parking lot.  The shade will reduce the temperature of the storm water and reduce the thermal impact to the downgradient Park streams. Learn more about forested rain gardens.

Native Plant Sale: 9am-noonish

Sale Pricing! Buy 1 get one 1/2 price!

  • 4" perennials: $8
  • 1 gal shrubs/trees: $20

Fall is the best time for planting! While the plants are losing their leaves and going dormant, their roots are healthy. When you plant in the fall, the plants' roots have more time to get established before the spring and summer heat. This means the plants are stronger and will be more likely to thrive. Registration is not required to attend the sale.

Plant List

Type Common name Botanical name Size
Perennial   Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa 4"
Perennial Cardinal flower Lobelia cardinalis 4"
Perennial Common milkweed   Asclepias syriaca Seeds  
Perennial Golden groundsel Packera aurea 4"
Perennial Scarlet rose mallow Hibiscus coccineus 4"
Perennial Spiked wild indigo Baptisia albescens 4"
Perennial Swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata 4"
Perennial White turtlehead Chelone glabra 4"
Shrub Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum 1 gal
Shrub Button bush Cephalanthus occidentalis    1 gal
Shrub New Jersey Tea Ceanothus americanus 1 gal
Shrub Possumhaw Viburnum nudum 1 gal
Shrub Spicebush Lindera benzoin 1 gal
Shrub Sweet pepperbush Clethra alnifolia 1 gal
Shrub Virginia sweetspire Itea virginica 1 gal
Tree Black haw Viburnum prunifolium 1 gal
Tree Dogwood Benthamidia florida 1 gal
Tree Eastern redbud Cercis canadensis 1 gal
Tree Fringe tree Chionanthus virginicus 1 gal
Tree Pawpaw Asimina triloba 1 gal
Tree Serviceberry Amelanchier canadensis 1 gal
Tree Witch hazel Hamamelis virginiana 1 gal

Holiday Gifts for Nature Lovers

Looking for holiday presents for nature lovers? We'll have official Umstead State Park fleece, hoodies, T-shirts, hats, magnets, 2023 calendars and more. We accept cash and credit cards!


We'll be setup under a tent the grassy area on the right when you pull into the parking lot at the Reedy Creek entrance to Umstead State Park. 2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513.

The Umstead Coalition

We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Corridor.


The Umstead Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.