Gardeners, it is finally one of your favorite seasons: plant sale season. There are great opportunities at some of your favorite gardens for unique plants, gardening tips, and new discoveries. The big challenge is deciding which plant sale best fits your needs, wants and that of your garden.
Plan your plantings with help
While early May provides for many opportunities throughout the Philadelphia area for all types of plant sales, April 25 has an upstaged opportunity for a garden party and rare plant auction. The Delaware Center for Horticulture hosts for year 35 their annual rare plant auction this year in the lovely Longwood Gardens East Conservatory. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. attendees may chat with horticulture experts including TV personality Tovah Martin. Garden party attire is encouraged for this grandiose party with food, music, three silent and one live auction of rare, not-yet-introduced species. May is introduced with a less fancy celebration at the Mt. Cuba Center. The wildflower celebration begins at 10 a.m. with live performances, live music and food vendors, as well as, a wide assortment of gardening demonstrations and the opportunity to see native wildflowers at their peak. Native plant giveaways if you are among the first to arrive.
Specialized plant sales are sure to please
Saturday, May 2 is a popular date for public plant sales. You may need to carefully consider the types of plants and offered help to best choose which to attend. If you start early enough, you may be able to attend more than one. Fortunately, the larger plant sales provide on-line plant lists and details to help you plan. Members have special previews and discounts to also consider. Tyler Arboretum begins at 9 a.m. featuring a special selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs for tough spaces including deer-resistant plants. Meadowbrook Farm presents their annual Spring Fling with a focus on annuals and spring perennials, herbs and vegetables. Beginning at 10 a.m. the event additionally opens the Pennock estate home and garden for tours. May 2 is also the date for the Barnes Arboretum public plant sale featuring rare trees and shrubs. Many are propagated from the Barnes living collections. Plant selection includes hard-to-find annuals, perennials and woody plants with Barnes horticulturalists on hand to answer questions.
The following weekend, Saturday May 9, is also quite popular if you have not yet completed all your garden shopping. The Morris Arboretum public plant sale begins at 10 a.m. with encouragement to bring a wagon for transporting your garden goodies. This plant sale features new perennial cultivars, woody plants and heirloom roses, as well as, unusual annuals. Arboretum staff will be available to offer garden expertise. Saturday and Sunday May 9 and May 10 are the dates of Bartram’s Garden public plant sale. Beginning at 10 a.m. this annual event features a selection of heritage roses, pond plants and historic boxwoods. There will also be a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, native perennials, shrubs and trees. Timed closely to Mother’s Day, this event also includes special plantings ideal for gift giving. With so many superb garden opportunities, gardeners are sure to be giddy with delight. Finally, it is one of our favorite seasons, annual plant sale season. With it, spring and summer will be brimming with life.