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Four Can't-Miss Fall Plant Sales

The changing season brings opportunities to spruce up your greenspace.

By Ilene Denton October 7, 2016

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It’s fall—time to plan how we can add something new and beautiful to our landscapes and container gardens instead of simply beating back the riotous growth that takes place in our summertime heat and humidity. Here are four upcoming plant sales that will give you lots of options:

This Saturday, Oct. 8, thousands of Florida-friendly plants—crotons, butterfly plants, succulents, colorful flowering plants, fruit trees, rare and unusual plants, vegetables and herbs—will be for sale at the Sarasota Garden Club’s annual Gardenfest. Workshops, too, on orchid repotting, mosquito control and Zika prevention, and building your own terrariums. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. 

Also on Saturday, Oct. 8, the Sarasota County Master Gardeners’ 11th annual plant sale offers thousands of plants—everything from African violets to zebra plants—for purchase, plus valuable advice from the experts on a wide range of landscape issues. Proceeds benefit the Master Gardeners’ educational outreach programs. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road. 

Saturday, Oct. 15, Palma Sola Botanical Park presents its annual Plant, Antique and Craft Sale at the lovely 10-acre park in northwest Bradenton. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the botanical park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.

And Saturday, Nov. 5, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens hosts its annual Members Day and big public plant sale. Selby members get first crack at plant purchases after a brief 9 a.m. “state of the Gardens” presentation; the public sale is from noon to 5 p.m. 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota