Gardeners, Start Your Engines

image-of-daffodil-courtesy-of-jason-rust.jpgIt’s Spring, and a young (or not so young) gardener’s fancy naturally turns to PLANT SALES! Of course we’ll all run off to our favorite members of the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association and the Specialty Nursery Association of Western Washington.

But don’t stop there. There are dozens of local plant sales every year sponsored by community groups, schools, churches, garden clubs, and plant societies. And the primo place to find a yearly list of all of them gathered together online is in the Regional Plant Sales Calendar of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.

The season begins with the Northwest Horticultural Society spring sale on March 14, and there’s something for everyone.

Kitchen-sink sales offering a wide variety of plants are sponsored by Children’s Hospital and the King County Master Gardener Foundation. And, of course, there’s the not-to-be-missed 800-pound gorilla of plant sales by the Arboretum Foundation on April 26-27.

And specialty sales offering a particular genre of plants include those of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, the Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Washington Native Plant Society, and Seattle Tilth.

And here are two reasons to patronize them all: you will be supporting your community by helping to fund the activities of worthy groups, and , in addition to the nursery stock featured, you will have access to unusual plant varieties grown by plantspeople who are specialists (dare I say fanatics) in a particular area.

We’d love to hear about your own personal favorite plant sales. So please feel free to share them by commenting on this post. And may all our gardens be fruitful this year.

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