The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fall PlantFest, one of the region's largest plant sales, takes place this weekend.
2017 marks the sale’s 30th anniversary, which benefits Lewis Ginter’s educational mission to connect people through plants to improve communities. In other words, the more plants you buy, the more people you introduce to plants. It’s a win-win.
Approximately 40 vendors will offer a wide variety of plants and garden-themed items, including same-day tool sharpening. Local Master Gardeners, will be on hand to offer suggestions and answer questions as well.
Fall PlantFest is sponsored by the Ginter’s Greatest volunteers, who work throughout the year to put on the event. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Ginter’s Greatest booth will support Lewis Ginter programming.
“As soon as the spring sale ends, we start thinking about the plants we want to offer at the fall sale,” said volunteer Nancy Penick. “We look for plants that aren’t found at regular big box stores. We’ve also put a lot of emphasis on pollinator gardens.”
Aiming to woo more butterflies to your garden? A butterfly specialist will be at the Ginter’s Greater booth to assist with pollinator questions.
Fall PlantFest is family-friendly and will include children’s activities on Saturday. Because of the event’s 30th anniversary, organizers will giveaway four-pack tickets to Lewis Ginter hourly. Admission is free (regular admission to visit the Garden).
Check out Lewis Ginter’s event page for a full list of vendors. Fall PlantFest is open at the following times:
- Thursday, Sept. 14: (Special Garden Members only preview: 4-7 p.m.)
- Friday, Sept. 15: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 16: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
And one last thing: don’t forget your wagon. It makes carrying all those plants you buy a bit easier.