2nd Annual Fall Plant Sale to be held Dec. 3 & 4

Published: September 27th, 2016

Category: Announcements, Articles

tisher-jan-2010-024The second annual Fall Plant Sale at Wilmot Gardens is the perfect place to get inspired and pick up some new plants for your home garden. This year’s sale will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Garden lovers will find both sought after collectibles and popular favorites.

Available ornamental plants highlighted in the sale will include camellias, indigenous and non-indigenous azaleas, Encore Azaleas, Christmas cactus, Heirloom Roses, peace lilies, and staghorn ferns. Shoppers can also select from a wide variety of succulents and decorative succulent containers, including ornament terrariums just in time for the holidays. A limited quantity of vanilla orchid, popular in commercial production for the sought after vanilla bean, will also be offered.

Completing the restoration and enhancement of Wilmot Gardens is a substantial initiative and financial resources are one of the most needed commodities. Wilmot Gardens receives limited financial assistance from the University of Florida and is primarily supported by the contributions of donors and profits generated by semi-annual plant sales. All proceeds generated at the plant sales are used towards maintenance of the gardens or to sustain the therapeutic horticulture program.

For the provision of Heirloom Roses at the sale, Wilmot Gardens is partnering with local not-for-profit organization Rose Garden Angels, Inc., which uses horticultural therapy to help veterans suffering with PTSD. A wide assortment of one gallon easy-care antique old garden roses will be available for purchase, including varieties of tea, china, noisette, hybrid musk, climber and more. All roses are organically grown by veterans and care instructions will be provided with each rose purchased. Veterans in the program are paid for each of the rose plants they personally grow. Net proceeds from the sale of the Heirloom Roses will be distributed equally between Wilmot Gardens and The Old Garden Rose Company, who will utilize their portion of the proceeds to help sustain the Rose Garden Angels, Inc. programs.

Local wholesale nursery, Azalea House Farm, which specializes in azalea production, will be providing a variety of indigenous, non-indigenous, and Encore Azaleas for the sale. Medium to dwarf varieties will be offered in one gallon and three gallon sizes. Net proceeds from the sale of the azaleas will be split equally between Wilmot Gardens and Azalea House Farm, who plans to donate their portion of proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

In order to present the widest possible variety of plants, quantities of each are limited and popular items may sell out quickly. Shoppers are advised to arrive early for the best selection. Knowledgeable staff members and volunteers will be available during the sale to provide recommendations and answer questions.

Admission to the sale is free and cash or check payments will be accepted. Weekend parking is free on campus for all surface lots, follow parking signage. Note that normal parking fees will apply for all parking decks on campus. Parking and loading attendants will be available for assistance as needed. Wilmot Gardens is located at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Mowry Road on the University of Florida main campus. For a map and full directions, please click here.

For additional information about the plant sale, contact Wilmot Gardens’ business manager, Bailey Hillman at (352) 273-5832 or bahillman@ufl.edu.

See below for contact information for the organizations mentioned in the article.

Rose Garden Angels, Inc.
Contact: Pamela Greenewald
(352) 359-1133

 

Azalea House Nursery
Contact: Lisa Albertson
(352) 494-3434

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