It’s time to shop the spring plant sales.
These fundraising events have become popular in recent years because of all the benefits they provide.
First, they help Utah gardeners select unique and heirloom plants that are drought tolerant and have proven themselves in Utah soils. Trained staff and volunteers are available to help gardeners select the right plants and offer planting and growing tips.
Almost all the plants are grown by Utah farmers and local nurseries, boosting the Utah economy.
And finally, proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations covering the free or low-cost community programs they offer throughout the year.
So whether you’re new to gardening or have a green thumb, here are four upcoming sales to attend:
Wasatch Community Gardens
More than 30,000 plants, including heirloom tomatoes, vegetable starts, organic herbs, annual flowers, grasses, water-wise plants, Utah natives and edible perennials, will be available. The sale also includes a pop-up market with locally grown spring vegetables, artisan foods, bread, honey and more. Proceeds benefit garden programs.
When • Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where • Rowland Hall School parking lot, 720 S. Guardsman Way (1580 East), Salt Lake City
Details • wasatchgardens.org
Red Butte Garden
Shop from a large selection of herbs, specialty annuals, vegetables, sun and shade perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, conifers, roses, vines, trees and a wide selection of heirloom vegetables, native plants and drought-tolerant plants. Plants are grown by local nurseries and in Red Butte greenhouses. Proceeds benefit garden programs.
When • Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; members can shop Friday, May 9, 1 to 8 p.m.; memberships sold on site
Where • Red Butte Garden’s Cottam’s Grove, accessed from the four-way stop at Chipeta and Wakara Way, turn left (or north) and follow the signs
Details • redbuttegarden.org/spring-plant-sale or 801-585-0556
Utah State University Botanical Gardens
Besides perennials, annuals and heirloom vegetable starts, this sale offers garden members a chance to buy the first in a new line of plants propagated to perform in the Intermountain region, including the 2014 USU Sego Supreme Plant, called ‘Wasatch Fire,” a fire chalice native to dry slopes.
When • Friday, May 16, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where • USU Botanical Gardens greenhouse, 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville
Details • Memberships cost $35 at usubotanicalcenter.org
Conservation Garden Park
Local nurseries will be on hand to sell water-wise plants that thrive in Utah’s desert climate. Sponsored by the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District.
When • Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where • Conservation Garden Park, 8215 S. 1300 West, West Jordan
Details • 801-256-4400 or conservationgardenpark.org