As weather warms, plant sale to take root

Now that spring has sprung, gardening and landscaping enthusiasts are invited to enjoy the warmer weather by selecting beautiful new foliage for their collections at Tyler Arboretum’s annual Plant Sale.

Proceeds from Tyler Arboretum's annual plant sale will benefit its many programs.

Proceeds from Tyler Arboretum's annual plant sale will benefit its many programs.

Whether planting in a simple window box, an edible or ornamental garden, or even a large-scale landscape, shoppers can satisfy all their gardening needs – while supporting the arboretum – during Tyler’s annual Plant Sale on May 1 and May 2, an arboretum press release said.

Tyler members are encouraged to take advantage of the Plant Sale Members’ Preview on Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Members receive a 5 percent discount on plant purchases and a free starter plant. Those who are not currently members can still attend the Members’ Preview and shop a day early by becoming a member of Tyler Arboretum at the sale on May 1, the release said.

The sale is open to the public on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the arboretum is free to everyone for Saturday’s event. Attendees who become members on Saturday will receive a free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine and a free starter plant.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to support the arboretum, get expert advice, and select plants that are not offered at the big box stores,” said Mike Karkowski, director of horticulture at Tyler.

With over 4,000 plants for purchase, Tyler’s annual Plant Sale offers gardeners a myriad of options including annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and hard-to-find trees to create a special look for your yard. As always, there will be a strong assortment of deer-resistant plants. This year’s sale features a variety of tough plants ideal for tough spaces.

“Our spring Plant Sale is one of the earliest around, and it’s a great way to celebrate the gardening season,” said Amy Mawby, director of public programs at Tyler. “Friendly volunteers even help pack and load up your new garden treasures.”

All proceeds benefit Tyler Arboretum so it can continue to maintain and improve its amazing collection of historic plants and diverse ecosystems, while connecting people of all ages to nature through educational programs.

No pre-registration is required for this event. Tyler Arboretum’s annual Plant Sale will be held rain or shine. For more information, including a complete list of plants available for sale, please visit



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