Native Plants | Local Genetics | Sustainable Practices

Expert-grown natives and plant grants supporting local not-for-profit native planting projects

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) photographed by Andrew Cannizzaro, image licensed under CC BY 2.0

Mission statement: We grow native plants with a focus on the local genetics necessary to restore diversity in the Chesapeake eco-region. 

Vision statement: Providing people and businesses the resources to preserve our at-risk habitats, to restore ecosystems, and to rethink environmental action on micro and macro levels.

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Apply for a Bona Terra Plant Grant

We are attempting to give over 1,000,000 seedlings of native plants to local groups and organizations! Check out our Plant Grant page for more information and to fill out an application form for your group. Help us meet our goal by applying for seedlings today!

Volunteer at Our Open Nursery Saturdays

As part of our effort to give away one million native seedlings this year, we are giving away seedlings during our Open Nursery Hours every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Help us put more seedlings in peoples’ hands by volunteering!

Use the link to the form below to get started!

Remote Ecosystem-First Design Form

Bona Terra is providing streamlined design services for small gardens up to 400 square feet without the expense of an on-site consultation. With this form, you will be guided through the steps of conducting your own pre-design survey in lieu of scheduling an on-site visit. We charge $1 per square-foot, with a minimum of $100.

This form also defines and contextualizes straight-forward approaches to creating low- to medium-maintenance garden styles to create natural biospheres in man-made ecosystems.

Visit our Remote Design page to fill out the form and submit it online, or download the form and email it to

Seedling Division Guide

This year we have been giving out seedlings both through our Individual and Group Plant Grants and at our Native Plant Giveaways and Remote Plant Sales. Need some more information about separating seedlings for planting or potting? Download our Seedling Division Guide below!

Our Bona Terra Soil Prep Guide

Are you prepping a garden, but don’t know where to start? Want to learn a little more about till and no-till methods with native plant gardens? Check out the Bona Terra Soil Prep Guide!

Or you can download and print the guide using the button below

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Native Plant Sales

Expert-grown natives delivered to your project site

Portable Milling

On-site tree removal and lumber milling

Native Plant Sales

Our native plant nursery is carefully maintained by experts using sustainable practices. We focus on growing local ecotypes within 100 miles of our nursery in Anne Arundel County, Maryland using minimal fertilizer and no pesticides, herbicides or growth hormones.

We have native plants available for sale to homeowners, landscape professionals, and conservation and restoration non-profits. We offer delivery and pick-up on orders, either at our nursery in Friendship, Maryland or at our office in DC. Our goal is to provide stewards of the Chesapeake Bay with native plants, whose lack of availability has historically been a challenge in conservation efforts. See our inventory by clicking below.

Portable Sawmilling

Have a tree that needs to be converted into usable boards? Our portable saw mill can help! We cut dying or diseased trees that need to be felled into dimensional lumber as well as unique slabs and live-edge boards that are not widely available.

Portable sawmilling is an affordable way to get expensive cuts of wood with a much smaller carbon footprint than their counterparts at the lumber yard: the lumber we produce is air dried, and requires no transport (or packaging) from a mill to a store to your home. As a bonus, we remove remaining branches and cast aways to be repurposed into soil at our native plant nursery. Finally, many of our clients appreciate being able to hold onto a memento from a beloved tree.

Bona Terra, LLC

(703) 407-0718

We are a small family-run landscaping business and native plant nursery located in Washington, DC. Our urban landscape design, growing practice, and installation business specializes in artistic installations, bay-friendly native gardens and sustainable practices.