Ahhh, spring! The time when a young man’s fancy turns to love, and what’s left of an old gardener’s mind turns to plant sales. And we have several wonderful sales going on now or coming up soon.

I like plant sales. Certainly there is the obvious pleasure of finding plants you have been seeking. There is usually some joy at finding plants at a good or, perhaps, even a great, price. But you also get to talk with knowledgeable people about gardening and to learn about new species and cultivars with which you may not be familiar. Along the way you usually get the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase goes to help worthy organizations. There’s no real down side to these events.

I have been involved in the Dunwoody Nature Center’s annual Spring Plant Sale for five years. In all of these sales we try to find specimens that you won’t find at local nurseries or the big box stores. This year we are focusing on wildflowers. The DeKalb County Master Gardeners working at the Dunwoody Nature Center individually look over plant catalogues for several weeks on their own. Then we all sit down and hash out our various ideas about what we should offer. So far we have avoided bloodshed in these discussions.

We are offering 13 kinds of native wildflowers. There are plants for sun and for shade, for damp and for normal conditions, and both spring and summer blooming wildflowers. The Dunwoody Nature Center is taking orders now through March 31. Plants will be delivered for customer pick-up on April13-14. Check the sale’s great offerings at their website at dunwoodynature.org.

Another local plant sale coming up in April is the DeKalb Community Garden’s plant sale on April 13-15 and again on April 21-22. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of these days. They are offering herbs, vegetables, flowers and more. They have been carefully growing their own organic plants at the greenhouse in Brook Run Park (next to the skate park). The sale will be held at these same greenhouses.

Speaking of the DeKalb Community Gardens, I am reliably informed that they do have several raised bed plots available. For your $60 annual dues you get a 4’ by 8’ raised-bed plot. They provide county compost on the site and fish emulsion for the gardeners to use to fertilize their plants. They are strictly organic. This is a great group of people to work and mingle with. Even if you are a novice gardener, these are the kind of folks that are more than willing to be helpful and to give good advice. It’s a great way to get started in gardening.

If you are interested, you can email Angela Minyard at membership@dunwoodygarden.org. More information is available at their website, dunwoodygarden.org. I don’t mean to sound like a New York rental agent, but if this is something that interests you, I’d act soon since the plots tend to go quickly.

Finally, Georgia Perimeter College is having a series of native azaleas plant sales every Friday and Saturday beginning Saturday, March 24th. The last sale date is on Friday, May 25. The sales are held at the college campus on Panthersville Road in South DeKalb. The hours are from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., on each sales day.

See their website at gpcnativegarden.org/salesonly12spring.html. Please be aware that they only accept cash and local checks. I have purchased plants there and have always been well pleased with both the quality and prices.

These ought to keep you busy until next time.

Enjoy your new plants.

Jeff Coghill has been gardening in DeKalb County for over 30 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 gardeningmatters@hotmail.com.

(2) comments

robertpummer

I've killed plenty of plants too. Plant thousands to get hundreds.

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aminyard

Thanks Jeff for the nice article. As an old gardener I agree with the thoughts of planting now that the weather is so warm.
A quick correction, its the Dunwoody Community Garden, not Dekalb. A natural mistake as we are in Dekalb County. We only have one or two plots remaining at the garden. The lovely weather and thoughtful publicity from nice people like you are bringing us lots of gardeners.
Thanks,
Angela Minyard

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