Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Spring Plant Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 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 day lilies 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.
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.
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?