Fall Native Plant Sale by Sue Wyndham, Land Stewardship Coordinator

Due to rain the fall plant sale, held on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, was not well attended. The rainy weather on the Members-Only sale day reduced the anticipated crowd of 250–300 to just over 100 shoppers, including 43 members who came to pick up their pre-sale orders. Thankfully, sunnier weather on Saturday attracted over 200 happy customers – much to the delight of the volunteers and staff who wanted nothing more than to see all the plants on display find new and good homes.

Volunteers Billie Gibson and Irene Aspell once again used their creative talents to design a display featuring native plants that attract pollinators and support wildlife. Additionally, Irene lent her creative hand in decorating rain barrels which were also for sale. Staff member Damika Baker also exercised her imaginative and artistic talents in rain-barrel décor. She painted two barrels with a bumblebee motif—one was requested by a customer, and everyone loved it so much she painted another. They both sold!

If you missed your chance to shop this year, the Arboretum’s spring sale, scheduled for May, will be here in no time at all. Very soon, it will be time to garden again!

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