The Union Recorder

April 10, 2013

Lockerly Arboretum springs into annual plant sale

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder


For Lockerly Arboretum, spring can only mean one thing. 

The annual Lockerly Spring Plant Sale begins Friday. This year’s two-day sale is slated for 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. All proceeds from the plant sale will go toward the arboretum and its educational programs. 

Previous spring sales have proven successful for Lockerly programs. 

"The spring plant sale is one of our more popular fundraising programs," said executive director Jim Garner. "In previous years, we've brought as much as $20,000 into the arboretum through the sale alone." 

More than 2,000 plants will be up for sale and more than half are plants that have been produced in Lockerly's greenhouses, with the assistance of Lockerly's volunteer Dirt Diggers. 

"We're really hoping for a good turnout," Garner said. "There are plenty of plants that are affordable for the average person." 

A wide variety of plants will be on sale, including many outstanding bargains on hard to find items. The arboretum will be offering an extensive selection of perennials, native wildflowers, antique roses, heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, and many culinary herbs. 

"We've got some new additions to our selection such as the Butterfly Blue and the Chattahoochee,” said Garner. 

According to Garner, the Butterfly Blue, also known as the Pincushion Flower, is a compact clump-forming perennial that grows only 12 to 15 inches tall, which makes it a great plant to place in a flower bed or use as a border. The Chattahoochee is a highly fragrant flower that blooms in mid- to late-spring.

"This hybrid perennial provides a great opportunity to add color and fragrance to a shade garden,” said Garner. 

Returning this year for the plant sale is an old time favorite: the Homestead Purple. The Homestead Purple or Clump Verbena, has often been one of Lockerly's Spring Plant Sale's most popular item, according to a press release on this year’s sale.

"Year after year, this perennial remains one of our best sellers and longtime favorite,” said Garner. 

Local Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions, and an experienced sales team will be available to help all customers find the right plants for their landscapes and gardens. 

“Our plant sale has really become a community favorite, and we hope folks will come out again this year to see the great plant material Lockerly has to offer,” said Bradley Roberts, Lockerly's director of horticulture. 

The Arboretum is located at 1534 Irwinton Road, less than two miles south of downtown Milledgeville. For more information call (478) 452-2112.

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