Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is hard at work planning its largest annual plant sale fundraiser set for the weekend of April 11. Whether you are looking for shrubs, trees, perennials, or that hard-to-find native, you are sure to find it at the sale—along with helpful tips and ideas from experts who will be on hand.
“It’s rare that a plant is bought without a question or two—or ten! Buyers want to know where to grow it, how to grow it, and how to care for it, ” says Frederick R. Spicer, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. “Our volunteers typically grow many of the plants in their area of expertise. Their knowledge supports our mission of educating people about plants, gardens, and the environment.”
More than 100, 000 plants will be available. Per tradition, the sale features signature plants each year. For 2014, the gardeners chose a golden theme. Look for GoldDust™ hybrid mecardonia, Gold Lace coleus, deep yellow calibrachoa, Lucky™ pure gold lantana and golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’). Each is available for just $5.
The former JCPenney at Century Plaza • 7580 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35210.
Thursday, April 10
Preview Party: 5 – 6:30 p.m. ($45 in advance, $50 at the door)
Members-Only Sale: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11
Public Sale: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Free Admission)
Saturday, April 12
Public Sale: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Free Admission)
Sunday, April 13
Public Sale: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Free Admission)
For more information about the Spring Plant Sale or to purchase tickets to the Preview Party, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbgardens.org/springplantsale.
The Spring Plant Sale is sponsored in part by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Leaf & Petal at The Gardens, Birmingham Home & Garden magazine, Buffalo Rock, Fox 6, ValPak of Central Alabama, and birmingham365.org.
Photography by Major Adam Colbert