Apr 28th, 2015

Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Volunteer Nancy Penick with a Tillandsia planted in cork.

Here Volunteer Plant Sale coordinator, Nancy Penick hold up a tillandsia and cork wall hanging.

The Spring Plant Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2015 and we’ve got some wonderful new treats for you this year. Of course we’ll be featuring staff favorites, butterfly kits, and seasonal selections (see photos of: cherry sage (Salvia greggii) ‘Maraschino.’ and Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’  below). And of course we’ll have plenty of expert vendors specializing in everything from daylilies to carnivorous plants. But this year we’ve got some new finds for you too!

For starters, we’ll be selling “air plants” or tillandsia in shells, hanging cork ornaments, and in a variety of pots.  Tillandsia is very fun because it doesn’t need soil and it doesn’t need to be watered either! It just needs a moist living environment (like near a shower in a bathroom) or to be soaked in a bath of water now and again. These little plants are pretty amazing. If you know someone who loves plants but who doesn’t have alot of time to take care of them, this could be a great gift.

Succulents and a spectacular blooming aloe in a hypertufa pot.

Succulents and a spectacular blooming aloe in a hypertufa pot.

The other new thing we have at this year’s plant sale are hypertufa containers. Have you ever heard of hypertufa? I hadn’t! Our volunteers had a workshop where they made these rustic post out of Portland cement, peat moss and perlite. Then, they filled them with a bit of soil and some lovely succulents. If you are looking for a nice gift for mom on Mother’s Day, these lovelies might be just the thing. They are also very low maintenance as far as plants go.


A variety of shapes and sizes of succulents in hypertufa.

As always, all proceeds from the Plant Sale go directly to support the Garden’s educational mission. A huge thank you to our huge crew of volunteers who work for months and months getting ready for the plant sale. Did you know the Lewis Ginter Spring and Fall Plant Sales are entirely volunteer-run?

salvia 'maraschino'

Here’s another highlight for sale at the Spring Plant Sale (May 1-2, 2015): Cherry sage (Salvia greggii) ‘Maraschino.’ Fun!

Be sure to visit our Garden Shop for outdoor pots and statuary, a variety of special gardening tools, gardening books, decorative accessories. Members receive a 15 percent discount during Plant Sale!

Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple' for sale at the Spring Plant Sale

Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ for sale at the Spring Plant Sale

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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