The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will have a spring plant sale this weekend that will gather the best of four local nurseries in one location.
The public sale, the 51st Annual Spring Plant Sale, will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UT Arboretum at 901 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. The “Members Only” sale will be on Friday evening, April 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at that time for this “early bird” shopping opportunity, a press release said.
“By joining UTAS on Friday night, people can enjoy the membership benefit of having the first pick of our beautiful selection of plants, some of which sell out that evening,” the press release said.
Checks, cash, and credit cards will be accepted.
Beaver Creek and Riverdale Nurseries from Knoxville, Sunlight Gardens from Andersonville, and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a large and varied selection of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, perennials, annuals, and edibles, the press release said. Two plant propagators from the Chattanooga area will have unusual and a few rare plants at the sale. Additionally, an assortment of donated plants from Society members will be offered.
Brad Greenwood Designs will be returning with botanically themed copper garden ornaments and steel features for the home and yard. Dano’s Hot Dogs from Lenoir City will be offering an expanded sandwich menu along with his famous lemonade.
Retired UT horticulture professor Will Witte, the “Answer Man,” will be on site to answer your plant questions, the press release said.
The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society has existed for 53 years as a 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 other Society fundraising events go toward the operating expenses and the endowment fund for the UT Arboretum. To learn more about the UT Arboretum and the UTAS, go to http://utarboretum.tennessee.edu/.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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