Dive headfirst into fall’s plant sales as some of Sarasota’s most informative and intriguing local plant dealers return with an abundance of new flora for sale. Some local vendors have also included lessons in how to properly care for your plants and how to become a better gardener as well.
The Palma Sola Botanical Fall Plants sale returns with an array of plants, artisans, crafts and food for sale. Here you’ll find exotic plants, like the Madagascar Screw-Pine, and learn where they originate, what they’re useful for, and how to care for them. Free admission. Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton.
The Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair has become a staple in Sarasota, and this year they are once again offering affordable plants for sale. Sift through a collection of Master Gardener-grown houseplants, orchids, vegetables and herbs as you look for your next favorite plant. Master Gardeners is also providing tips on how to properly care for your new plant friends, such as how much sunlight is required, how much water is required, and what available plants are best for beginners. Register for free tickets. Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County,, 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto.
Master gardeners are also hosting another annual volunteer plant sale, this one in Sarasota. You'll find lots of information on sustainable gardening methods, landscaping issues, various plants to choose from, like the succulent sempervivum tectorum (also known as the house leek). Free admission. Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
Local plant and art dealers and vendors will be assembled for the Funky Foliage pop-up specializing in funky plants such as the Algaonema (also known as the Chinese evergreen, but the Greek name makes it sound more exotic) and art pieces. Free admission. Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. , 3918 Carolina Ave., Sarasota.
With all the plants you’ll be getting this fall, it might be good to learn how to handle them. This class teaches attendees the ins and outs of houseplant care. Attendees will be able to purchase a couple of plants after the class, too. $35 per person. Saturday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto.