Spring is officially here, and that means it’s time to get outside and work on your spring gardens! You can pick up plants that are specially chosen for gardens on the Gulf Coast, at “Plantasia”, a huge plant sale going on this week. Mary Jo Broussard from Mobile Botanical Gardens stopped by our studio to tell us about Plantasia and what else is happening at the Botanical Gardens.
Plantasia is a fundraiser for the Mobile Botanical Gardens. There’s one in the spring and one in the fall. Money raised is used to keep the Mobile Botanical Gardens doors open. It’s the largest sale of plants on the Gulf Coast. There are acres of plant material.
All types of plants will be for sale including fruits and nuts, vegetables, herbs, roses, camellias, native plants, tropical and citrus plants, shade-loving, sun-loving and more. There will even be a few rare plants for plant collectors. Mary Jo says one of the best things about the sale is people who know plants will be there to talk and answer questions. They will be able to help you choose the perfect plant for the right spot.
The sale is not just for garden members. It’s for everyone and is open to the public. There will be a preview party tomorrow from 4pm – 7pm at the Mobile Botanical Gardens on Museum Drive. There will be food, beverages, and music. Tickets for the preview party are $25 for non-members and $20 for members.
Friday through Sunday are the main sale days, and admission is free. Times for Friday and Saturday are 9am – 4pm. Sunday’s time is 11am – 4pm. The plants usually sell quickly, so get there early!
If possible, please bring your own cart or wheel barrow. Also, be sure to dress for the weather. Rain gear may be necessary, or even sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Remember to keep yourself hydrated. Water will be provided.
There’s a list of plants that can be downloaded at mobilebotanicalgardens.org. Plants are listed by their common name and their botanical name. You can also find out everything you need to know about the plants from the website.