Here’s some good news/bad news for Dunwoody gardeners who have been anticipating the annual Native Plant Botanical Garden spring plant sales.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Unfortunately, no spring sales are planned at this time at the Dunwoody campus of Georgia Perimeter College.
Dunwoody gardeners who have been looking forward to the sales will have to make the trek to the Georgia Perimeter College Decatur campus on the lower end of I-285. The Decatur campus is located at 3251 Panthersville Road, a far cry from the Womack Road campus.
Now, the good news. The quality of the native shrubs, trees, vines, ferns, and grasses that are always available at the Decatur Campus make the drive well worth your time and effort. And, not only is the price right, but you never know what expert might also be shopping for bargains and available to answer questions.
The Saturday sales begin March 26 and will continue on April 2, 9, 30 and May 7 and 21. The Wednesday sales begin a few days later on March 30 and continue on April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18 and 25. All sales are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you can go to the Wednesday sales, try to take advantage of the Lunch and Wildflower Series. They will begin with one of my favorite topics, native azaleas, and a great speaker.
Ernest Koone, a Georgia treasure house of knowledge on native azaleas, will kick off the lecture series on Wednesday, March 30 with a talk about one of the state’s most beautiful flowering shrubs. All talks are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The series also includes guided garden walks from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (Note: The April 6 walk will start at 11:30 a.m.) All events are free.
You are welcome to bring a lunch. Please be aware that walks will not be held if it's raining, but talks will be held rain or shine since they will take place in a new campus building, SH, room SH-1500. This building is beyond the greenhouses.
For a complete list of speakers and other information about the Native Plant Botanical Garden,, visit http://www.gpc.edu/~decbt/sales11spring.html. For phone inquiries, call 678 891-2668.
Correction: A “t” was inadvertently not included in Donna Burt’s name in the Feb. 28 column about the Southeastern Flower Show. Apologies to Donna for that mistake and thanks to Steve Barton for pointing it out.