Throughout the long, dry winter, gardeners dreamed of spring, when we could get outside and get growing. And while catalog shopping is nice, what we really wanted was to get our hands on some plants and sink them into the soil where they could thrive. Green thumbs are nurturers by nature, coaxing seeds and seedlings into glorious displays in summer.
So it’s no surprise that when a group of gardeners gets together, they throw a plant sale to benefit causes close to their hearts. This weekend kicks off the season of plant sales, where you can pick up plants while supporting community causes. Make room in your schedule and planting plans to attend several of these worthy fundraisers.
Denver Botanic Gardens plant sale, today and Saturday, May 7, is the largest event in the area. They’ve changed their layout this year, so look for the digital map just inside the entrance to plan your shopping spree. To ensure that you get the plant of your dreams, plan ahead by checking the lists of plants offered on their website, botanicgardens.org/content/spring-plant-sale. Looking for a perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Check out their container gardens for a pre-planted mix designed to show off in sun or shade. Shop from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free to the sale, unless you’d like to shop the plant sale preview party Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets for the preview party are $35 per person.
Boulder Garden Club’s plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Eisenhower School, 1220 Eisenhower Dr., Boulder. Browse member-grown perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, and trees from the oldest garden club in Colorado. At the Boulder Orchid Society table of orchids, you’ll find unique plants and good advice from the staff at the event. Proceeds go toward supporting the club’s civic projects in Boulder and their international projects.
The Gardens on Spring Creek Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2145 Centre Avenue, Fort Collins. Unusual annuals, heirloom vegetables, herbs, and perennials are offered for the discerning shopper. For a plant list and more information, check out fcgov.com/gardens.
Loveland Garden Club plant sale, Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Taft Avenue, Loveland. Perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs are ready for your garden and if you’re unsure which is best, ask one of the Colorado Master Gardeners staffing the event. Proceeds go to community causes, such as Larimer County area tree plantings, Loveland Youth Gardeners. For information: Laura 970-223-2265/970-222-3322
Happy Transplants Garden Club plant sale, Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Vectra bank, 3300 west 72nd Avenue, Westminster. Sale of perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables fund community projects and scholarships. Information: 303-423-2923.
Growing Gardens Community plant sale, Saturdays and Sundays, May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse, 1630 Hawthorn Avenue in Boulder. The event offers thousands of vegetable seedlings, plus annuals and perennials and benefits Growing Gardens programming, such as Cultiva! Youth Project, Able Gardening, and community gardens. For information: growinggardens.org/.
Golden Gardeners annual plant sale, Saturday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. held in downtown Golden on the corner of Washington Ave. and 12th Street. The sale offers perennials, annuals, ground covers, day lilies, and iris, plus a few begonias. For information, call 303-271-1830.
Plan to make your trip easy on the arms, by bringing your own boxes, wagons, wheelbarrows or carts to carry around your plants.