Thursday, May 5, 2011

Plant Sale 2011

The Plant Sale was off to a great start this afternoon, starting with the Plant Sale Luncheon for upper-level members of Morris Arboretum.  The staff has been working very hard to get ready for the Plant Sale, bringing special selections to this year's sale.  They worked throughout the rain yesterday getting everything into place but it looks like the weather for the next three days is going to be perfect!  The sale is located at the new LEED Platinum Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm.

Browsing through the Plant Sale
Come out and join in on the fun!  Tomorrow (Friday) is Plant Sale Members-Only day from 10am - 8pm with Family Night from 5:30 - 7:30 (you must register).  On Saturday, the Plant Sale is open to the public from 10am - 4pm.  More info here on our website.

This cart is filled with some colorful plants.

Pam Olshefski, Curatorial Assistant, gives some expert plant advice.

One of the best things about the Morris Arboretum Plant Sale is the chance to get expert advice from knowledgeable Morris Arboretum staff and volunteers.  You can come with your questions and get answers and guidance from our staff. 

Plants blooming on this sunny day.

Some serious plant talk with Tony Aiello, Director of Horticulture

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will hold its Annual Plant Sale at Morris Arboretum again this year. A large selection of outstanding rhododendrons, all hardy in the Delaware Valley, will be available. Helpful staff will guide you in choosing the right shrub for your needs and share their expertise to successfully grow it in your garden. Plants offered will include large-leaf (elepidotes) and small-leaf (lepidotes) rhododendrons, evergreen and deciduous azaleas, and kalmias (mountain laurels). 

I would be excited about such a beautiful selection, too!

Featured this year will be seedlings of the fiery blooming Rhododendron calendulaceum (flame azalea). This native, deciduous azalea graces the Appalachian Mountains with delightful blossoms of orange, yellow and red in May and June. William Bartram in his book Travels wrote, “This is certainly the
most gay and brilliant flowering shrub yet known.”

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