Gardening Matters

As Tennessee Williams’ perhaps best known character, Blanche DuBois, famously said, “I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers.”

Well so have I.

In this case the stranger is Cindy Mayers, one of the wonderful volunteers at the Atlanta Audubon Society and friend of my wife, Carey. She recently sent out a most helpful list of upcoming plant sales in the Atlanta area.

Being a rather slothful fellow in this yellow pollen season, I thought I would share her great list with you, dear readers. As with so many of these events, they are sponsored by non-profit organizations that are worthy of your support. Not only do you get good plants at reasonable costs, the organizations get much needed financial support.

Without further ado:

First and foremost of course is our own Dunwoody Nature Center’s Spring Plant Sale. This year we are once again focusing on plants for container gardens. Information about what is being offered and ordering on line can be found at the DNC website, dunwoodynature.org/Plant-Sale. These container plant groupings have been a big hit with our customers in the past.

Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard Plant & Art Sale at Brook Run Park. Plant Sale April 7-17 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. Included are organic veggies, heirloom tomatoes, hot and hotter peppers, perennials and more. The Art Sale part of this event is on April 8 - 10 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily at the greenhouse in Brook Run Park. 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

The Herb Society Plant Sale at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Proceeds help fund KSU scholarships, sustainable food courses, community gardens and rare herbal book conversation at the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center. Over 300 types of herbs will be offered. The sale is held on April 16 from 9am-5pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. See atlantaabg.org/visits/events.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Native Plant Sale. This is scheduled for April 1, 2, 8, 9 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Chattahoochee Nature Center at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075.

There will be a wide variety of many, many kinds of native plants. See chattnaturecenter. org.        

The Georgia Native Plant Society will hold its Spring Native Plant Sale on April 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This promises a HUGE selection of natives. It is best to arrive early for the best selection if you are looking for something rare. It will be held at McFarlane Park, 280 Farm Road, Marietta, GA 30067.  See gnps.org/ plantsale.        

The Fernbank Science Center Plant Sale will be held on April 16 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307. On offer will be native and non-native plants, including plants not available at “regular” nurseries. See Fernbank.edu/plantsale.htm.

One of our local area’s best plant sale is held at GSU Perimeter College, Decatur Campus Native Plant Sale. It is an ongoing event covering the following dates;  April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29, May 6, 7, 13, 20, 21, 27, June 3, 4.The sale is held at the Decatur Campus Location Only. 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur, GA 30034.gpcnativegarden.org/salesonly16spring.

Let’s get out there and buy some new plants and have a great spring.

Jeff Coghill has been gardening in DeKalb County for more than 35 years and has probably killed at least one of each kind of plant he has tried before getting another one to thrive. He is a gardening volunteer at the Dunwoody Nature Center and works closely with members of the DeKalb Master Gardeners group. He can be reached at dunwoodygardener@yahoo.com.

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