Garden Happenings: Plant Sales

By Teresa Woodard

The plant-buying frenzy is about to begin, and there’s no better place for one-of-a-kind plants and great gardening advice than a public garden’s plant sale.  Besides, the sales generate significant income for botanic gardens, arboreta and plant societies.  At Ohio State University’s Chadwick Arboretum, for instance, a three-day event staffed by 180 volunteers pulls in more than $40,000.

Like Chadwick’s sale, many sales also feature auctions, pre-sale party nights, workshops and book signings.  To get first dibs on plants, check out the pre-sale events typically offered to members. No doubt, the membership privilege is well worth the $25-$50 annual dues.

Also, come with questions.  Many of the volunteers have first-hand experience growing the plants for sale.  So, don’t be afraid to ask for their favorite tomato plant, native shade tree or miniature varieties.  The only danger is you may end up with a trunk full of wonderful plants.

4 responses to “Garden Happenings: Plant Sales

  1. Mary Maloney, director of Chadwick Arboretum, shares that National Public Gardens Day (Friday, May 11, 2012) occurs on the same day as several plant sales. The American Public Gardens Association will hold its national conference in Columbus, June 19-23, 2012.

    • Hello! I wanted to get marerid at the Arboretum for both my ceremony and reception. I was hoping that you could tell me what you did for lighting at the reception because I noticed they have NO power. Was a generator used? Thank you very much.-Maria

  2. This is a fantastic list — thank you! I’ve shared it far and wide. Hope you’ll consider doing it again next year.

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