For those gardeners looking to replace landscape plants that have shown a poor tolerance for this past winter’s sustained low temperatures and damaging winds, the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society’s 47th annual Spring Plant Sale will present the best of four local nurseries in one location on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at the UT Arboretum, 901. S Illinois Avenue (Highway 62) in Oak Ridge.
Hours for the sale on Saturday, April 12, are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friday, April 11, sale is for members only from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at that time for this “early bird” shopping opportunity at $15 for students, $30 for individuals, and $45 for families.
The nurseries featured are Beaver Creek and Riverdale Nurseries from Knoxville, Sunlight Gardens from Andersonville, and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville.
Shoppers will find a large and varied selection of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, perennials, annuals and edibles. Checks and credit cards will be accepted. Dano’s Hot Dogs will be back by popular demand.
Retired UT horticulture professor Will Witte will be resuming his role as the plant sale’s “Answer Man” and will be selling books from his personal horticulture library.
The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society is a 49-year-old, nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the University of Tennessee’s 250-acre Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Proceeds from this sale and the society’s other fundraising events go toward the operating expenses and endowment fund for the UT Arboretum. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, and the UT Arboretum Endowment Fund, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org.