The non-profit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be holding their annual fall plant sale on Saturday 11 September in the gardens.
The sale, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside in the property’s formal garden and hilltop garden, according to a press release from Friends.
Hundreds of plants will be on sale, including dozens of varieties of natives, perennials, herbs, tropics, houseplants, camellias, trees and shrubs.
The proceeds from the sale, which has taken place every year since 1993, will support the Gardens.
The sale helps the Gardens continue their important work in a number of ways, said Tom Underwood, executive director of Friends.
“Each year, we educate thousands of school children about plant science and grow thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables to fight hunger in our community,” Underwood said. “We also help maintain the gardens, conduct much-needed improvement projects and work to promote the gardens as a destination of local and regional significance. “
A facility of the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, the gardens are a public-private partnership between the City of Birmingham and the Friends, according to the facility’s website.
Many of the plants for sale were cultivated in the Gardens by the Friends’ dedicated volunteer grow groups.
Other plants for sale are specially selected by grow groups and ordered from regional nurseries, Friends spokesperson Mindy Black told Village Living.
All plants are chosen for sale because they have been shown to thrive in southern gardens, Black said.
Participants in the sale can also get expert advice from seasoned volunteer gardeners, many of whom have been trained in the Jefferson County Master Gardener program.
“Autumn is a wonderful time to plant, and the [sale] gives our community a great opportunity to speak with experts about the plants that grow in southern gardens and learn about proven tips and tricks for caring for them, ”said Underwood.
The sale is a great opportunity to talk to expert gardeners “about the varieties and cultivars they love, companion plants and their favorite growing tips,” said Black. “Many of our volunteers have tested our offerings for the sale of plants under various conditions in their personal gardens so that they can share proven advice with buyers. “
“Our volunteer grow groups are passionate about plants and their passion is overwhelming,” said Black. “Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a budding gardener, you will enjoy the chance to connect with other plant lovers and learn from their knowledge and experience. Plant enthusiasts love to share their ideas and inspiration.
Friends will enjoy priority shopping in person during the sale on Friday, September 10, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Members will also receive their annual Member Plant Gift: a Serrata Hydrangea, or “Blue Billow,” courtesy of the Leaf & Petal Garden Shop.
Buyers are encouraged to bring portable shopping carts for sale.
Attendees can check the event’s website – bbgardens.org/fallplantsale – ahead of the sale for updates regarding COVID-19 security protocols.