Gardening Matters

It’s officially springtime now. The trees are budding, the daffodils are blooming, the plum trees are all pinked out and the birds are he-ing and she-ing. It must be time for plant sales.

Two plant sales are coming up that benefit Dunwoody organizations. Let’s talk about the Dunwoody Nature Center spring plant sale first. This year the sale began March 25 and runs to April 17. Plants will be available for pick up at the Nature Center on May 1-2.

This spring they will again be offering plants for containers. They did this last year. Customers bought a “set recipe” of plants for a pre-designed container garden. This year they will again be offering “set recipes”, but with the added option of being able to buy any individual plants you might want so that you can make any arrangement you might like to design yourself.

And this year’s offerings are spectacular. They include design plans named Fireworks!, Little Miss Muffett, Pretty in Pink and Tuxedo, among others. Designs are suitable for shade, part shade/part sun and full sun. There are a total of 10 container garden designs using 39 different plants.

As usual the selected plants are ones that the Master Gardeners have selected. They are chosen not only because they look good, but also because they are very suitable for our area.

All ordering and payment is handled through the Dunwoody Nature Center’s website, On the website you can also view pictures of the plants and get information about the plants being offered.

These should be spectacular container garden designs. Be sure to check the website beginning March 25 and get your orders in soon.

Another local plant sale that is becoming an established seasonal event is the Dunwoody Community Garden’s plant sale. This year it takes place at the greenhouses in Brook Run Park, next to the skate board facility. The sale runs from April 20-26 with hours from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

I was recently at the greenhouses and could see that they are very busy growing seedlings of the organic vegetables they are noted for. All sorts of salad veggies are available as well as reliable stalwarts such as tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, sprouts and cabbages.

This sale is great opportunity to get healthy, organic seedlings and to support a wonderful gardening program at the Dunwoody Community Garden.

And one last event for April; the Dunwoody Nature Center’s gala event, Monarchs and Margaritas, will be held on April 26. This is a great evening event with a grand eclectic group of people: civic leaders, tree huggers, volunteers of all sorts and, of course those interested in starting the 2015 margarita season in style. It’s not a formal do, but it does include live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing and did I mention margaritas? Check the Dunwoody Nature Center’s website,, for information and purchasing tickets. I hope to see you there.

Enjoy these spring weeks and remember to practice safe gardening.

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 can be reached at

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