OLBRICH BOTANICAL GARDENS PLANT SALE WITH THE PROS
The "must" sale of the season with unusual plants and tons of advice and extras, including:
Inspiration Station: Bring photos of a blah garden area and the pros will sketch a basic design on the spot! Or ask the experts which plants will work best for your garden.
Pro Potting Bench: offers free container design and potting to help you jazz up any area of your garden.
Garden Art: Steel garden sculptures by Kirk Yazel.
There's also food from the Madison East Kiwanis Club brat wagon and music by local musicians while you shop! And I have to say that Olbrich's sale can be overwhelming with its wonderful assortment of plants, so all the assistance you get is a real plus — and at no extra cost.
TIME: Olbrich Members shop early on Friday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. General Public sale is on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Olbrich is located at 3330 Atwood Ave. on Madison's east side.
WEST SIDE GARDEN CLUB SALE
One of my favorite sales of the year and the source of my wonderful candelabra primroses. Most plants are from members' gardens and are thus great performers. The sale benefits numerous local nature and garden organizations like Allen Centennial Garden and the Aldo Leopold Center.
Time: Friday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 3918 Nakoma Road in Madison, just down the block from Thoreau School
FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM NATIVE PLANT SALE
The photo above is from the 2010 Arboretum Native Plant Sale when the weather was miserable. I'm hoping for better weather this weekend when so many groups are having their plant sales.
The Arb's annuals sale offers hundreds of species of native plants. Members are reminded to bring their 10% off coupon from the April newsletter. Also bring your own boxes or carrying containers if possible. This event will include tools for purchase as well as answers to your native gardening questions.
TIME: Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Under the tents near the Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy. in Madison.