Apr 30th, 2014

Treasures at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Spring Plant Sale, May 1-3

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator 

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia bluebells Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

woodland poppy

Woodland poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

The Spring Plant Sale is May 1, 2 & 3, 2014. Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden

If you’ve been coming to our plant sales for a while, you know that every year is a bit different. Each year garden volunteers work countless hours collecting,  nurturing, replanting, and even growing from seed, plants for the Spring Plant Sale. And each year we raise money for the Garden’s educational mission. But what we offer in the Bloemendaal Tent of the plant sale each year can really vary. Some years we’ve thinned out the naturally reseeding Japanese maples, and re-potted them to be sold at the sale, other years, we’ve had a limited supply of orchids that were surplus from the Conservatory. You just never know what you will find. This year, we’ve got a very special treat for you. Some highlights include “sisters” of select flowering trees that we’ll be adding to our Cherry Tree Walk — including flowering apricots, Prunus mume,  ‘Dawn’, ‘Josephine’, and ‘Kobai’.  When we were placing our order for the Cherry Tree Walk we ordered extras for the plant sale because how fun to have the very same tree in your own back yard.

blue-eyed grass

Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’ blue-eyed grass

aloe 'Flow'

Aloe ‘Flow’

Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'

Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’

Also, you can support the Children’s Garden and youth volunteers by purchasing transplants we grew in our greenhouse. Also for a portion of our plant sale, youth volunteers from our Service Learning Program will sell tried-and-true seed varieties harvested from the Children’s Garden plus popular herb transplants Friday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m – 3 p.m.

kalanchoe tomentosa

Kalanchoe tomentosa or panda plant.

The plant sale is great opportunity to get some good bargains. But what’s really special is you can buy plants that are directly from the Garden’s beds. Volunteers & horticulturists work together to dig “volunteers” or subdivide plants that need more room, and those treasures often end up at our plant sale.   This year we will have a very limited supply of the spring ephemeral Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and the shade-loving woodland poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum).  Our plant sales are run by Garden volunteers, with the help of a few key Garden staff.  We’ll also have  many specialty vendors.  Be sure to visit our website to see the complete list  often, these vendors sell plants you can’t easily find elsewhere.  And, as always we’ll have plenty of volunteers on hand to help choose the right plant for the right area. Here’s a partial list of plants for sale in the Bloemendaal Tent. Please note that quantities are limited and we may be sold out of some items. Abelmoschus moschatus Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’ Aesculus parviflora Aliceara ‘Cotton Candy’ Aliceara ‘Ithan’ Allium schoenoprasum Alocasia ‘Calidora’ Aloe rauhii ‘White Fox Alpinia zerumbet Alternanthera ramosissima ‘Black Knight’ Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’ Amsonia tabernaemontana var. Salicifolia Anethum graveolens Anisocampium (syn. Athyrium) niponicum ‘Pictum’ Arum italicum Asclepias incarnata  

Foam flower 'Elizabeth Oliver'

Foam flower ‘Elizabeth Oliver’

Dwarf Ginkgo 'Maiken'

Dwarf Ginkgo ‘Maiken’

Asclepias syriaca Asclepias tuberosa Asimina triloba  Asplenium nidus Aster iinumae (syn. Kalimeris pinnatifida) Begonia grandis ‘Alba’ Begonia rex-cultorum Bromeliad sp.

pictum painted fern

Anisocampium (syn. Athyrium) niponicum aka painted fern ‘Pictum’

Calathea lancifolia Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster'(TM) Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ Catharanthus roseus Pacifica XP Punch Chlorophytum comosum ‘Lemon’ Chrysanthemum ‘Gethsemane Moonlight’ Coreopsis verticillata ‘Sienna Sunset’ Digitalis purpurea ‘Foxy’ Echeveria nodulosa Erigeron pulchellus ‘Lynhaven Carpet’ Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind'(TM) Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ Gingko biloba ‘Mariken’ Hakonechloa macra Hemerocallis ‘Beauty to Behold’ Ipomoea alba ‘Giant White’ Ipomoea quamoclit ‘Funny Valentine Blend’ Kalanchoe tomentosa Lablab purpureus ‘Ruby Moon’ Lantana camara ‘Lucky(TM) White’ Lantana camara  ‘Luscious(R) Grape’ Androlepis skinneri Lobelia siphilitca Lunaria annua Matelea decipiens Mertensia virginica Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’ Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ Packera aurea Paeonia lactiflora Papaver orientale Penstemon digitalis Pentas lanceolata ‘Graffiti(R) Red Lace’ Petroselinum crispum Phalaenopsis Phalaris arundinacea Phlox ‘Intensia(R) Blueberry’ Phlox maculata ‘Rosalinde Phlox maculata Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’ Plectranthus argentatus Plectranthus argentea Prunus mume ‘Dawn’ Prunus mume ‘Josephine’ Prunus mume ‘Kobai’ Polemonium reptans Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel Red’ Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’ Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ Sansevieria masoniana Sansevieria trifasciata Saxifraga stolonifera Sedum ‘Dazzleberry’ Sedum morganianum

Sedum lineare 'Variegatum'

Sedum lineare ‘Variegatum’

Sedum telephium ‘Matrona’ Sedum ternatum ‘Larinem Park’ Selaginella uncinata ‘Blue Peacock’ Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’ Spathiphyllum ‘Alpha’ Spathiphyllum ‘Jetty Junior’ Stokesia laevis ‘Omega Skyrocket’ Strelitzia reginae Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Vibrant Dome’ Symphyotrichum novi-belgii Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’ Thunbergia alata ‘Spanish Eyes’ Tiarella cordifolia ‘Elizabeth Oliver’

Talinum paniculatum (Fameflower, Jewels of Opar) 'Limon'

Talinum paniculatum; Fameflower or Jewels of Opar ‘Limon’

Tibouchina grandifolia Tradescantia x andersoniana ‘Concord Grape’ Verbena bonariensis Zelkova serrata ‘Ogon’ Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’ Stylophorum diphyllum Rohdea japonica Cosmos sp. Bowiea volubilis Cordyline fruticosa ‘Orange Hawaiian’ Alocasia ‘Portora’ Colocasia esculenta ‘Maui Gold’ Thunbergia grandiflora ‘Variegata’ Nepenthes ‘Miranda’ Sphaeropteris (syn. Cyathea) cooperi Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ Sedum lineare ‘Variegatum Aloe sp. Echivera sp.  Agave ‘Blue Flame’ Pellaea rotundifolia Nephrolepis exaltata Crassula ovata (syn. argentea) Hedera helix Pseudogynoxys chenopodiodes Thymus vulgaris Aloe ‘Flow’ Dendrosenecio kilimanjari Euphorba trigona Hevea brasiliensis Boltonia asteroides ‘Pink Beauty’ Echinacea ‘CBG Cone 2 Pixie Meadowbrite’ Plectranthus argentatus ‘Silver Shield’ Chionanthus retusus

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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