How to Find Spring Plant Sales
In all likelihood there are wonderful, inexpensive plant sales happening near you this spring. Good places to check are your Native Plant Society, Master Gardeners Association, local botanical garden, farmers market, nurseries, and local farms.
If you live in the Greenville, SC area, here are some of the great places you can get plants this season (apologies that the Upstate SC Native Plant Society sale has passed, but they host another one in the fall). I’ve posted them chronologically:
Want to do some landscaping on a shoestring budget or snap up a rare specimen? Master Gardeners pot up extras from their own gardens so the selection is unpredictable and delightful. The prices are right too — they start at $1.00! All the proceeds from this event go to fund MG projects such as the Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly & Heritage gardens, the Project Host vegetable garden connected to the soup kitchen, and the downtown Linky Stone Park Children’s Garden.
I don’t know of another public source for organic veggie transplants in the upstate and this one has a great selection (of healthy, ample-sized seedlings)… if you get there early! They’re almost guaranteed to sell out so make sure you’re an early bird. Even if you get there late the farm tour and hayrides are well worth the trip.
Greenville State Farmers Market
I like the farmers market plant sale because there are so many different vendor booths and types of plants sold. You can get everything from heirloom veggie transplants to the latest hybrid bedding petunia. I particularly like the selection of herbs and native plants — the prices are very competitive!
Note: Whichever sale you visit, it helps to have your own rolling cart or wagon. Some places provide a few but the demand for them exceeds supply. Otherwise, you’ll be that person juggling an armful of pots all the way to your car. Bring cash & checks, they rarely take plastic!