Production for annual Spring Plant Sale has begun! It may be bitterly cold outside as winter grips us with its last gasps but in 10 weeks is our sale. Here Horticulturist Donna Covell inspects seedlings germinating for the sale. Donna is in charge of all production in our seven greenhouses and keeps close watch of annual and tropical plant production for the plant sale.
Cuttings of many of our favorite stock plants have been made and are rooting in media on a heat mat. Shortly they will be potted up into individual containers.
Our first perennials have arrived today! Here, Jennifer Comer (in charge of the sale’s perennial production) takes an inventory of the new arrivals. Our first batch was grown in Holland — the Dutch produce large, top quality, field grown plants for us to provide a superior plant for you.
Senior Gardener MarieFrye inspects each plant and removes any dead roots or foliage before passing them on to the potting bench. The work is being done in a cool greenhouse to get the new plants to root in as if it were early spring.
Volunteer Pat Wright pots up the roots into gallon pots on the potting bench. (If you are interested in becoming a Powell Gardens volunteer, contact Betty Gember at ext. 228.) Stay tuned for further posts about the progress of our plant sale plants and the unique varieties you may find. Mark your calendars for May 3 and 4 for our Spring Plant Sale. Members may attend a preview sale at 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and are sure to get the best selection as many varieties sell out quickly. Join Friends of Powell Gardens today!