Small Talk: Museum plant sale to feature (almost) everything under the sun
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
Apr 29, 2012 | 1874 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A sure sign of spring, along with butterflies and blue skies, is the return of Anniston Museum’s annual plant sale.

The sale is a much anticipated event and one of the museum’s most popular springtime rituals. People come from all across the county and beyond to browse among all the lovely plants on offer.

The two-day sale, this year set for noon-3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, has grown so popular that the museum is no longer able to host it on the front lawn.

Instead (and perhaps more fittingly), the museum has opted to move the sale just up the hill to the site of the future Longleaf Botanical Gardens, where there is much more room to spread out the selection of bountiful, blooming beauties.

Not only will more plants be available, there will also be more parking spaces for shoppers.

Never been to the future Botanical Gardens before? Don’t worry, it’s easy to find. Just drive past Anniston and Berman museums to the top of the hill at the very end of Museum Drive, and you’re there. (It’s the location of the former Lenlock Community Center.)

It’s not hard to see why the museum plant sale has grown so much. The sale offers unique plants, the sort rarely found at retail garden centers. Most have been propagated from the museum’s own gardens, but there will also be offerings from Calhoun County Master Gardeners and some specialty nurseries.

Saturday’s sale will also feature lovely plants from Northeast Alabama Orchid Society.

Want a sneak peek at some of the wonderful plants cultivated from the museum’s collection? You can choose among a huge variety, including:

Perennials for sun:gingers, new varieties of elephant ears, bananas, hummingbird plant, sky blue vines, cannas, Confederate rose, cotton rose.

Annuals for sun: Diamond Frost Euphorbia, 20 different colors of sun coleus, Joseph’s Coat alternanthera, cordyline, sweet potato vine.

Perennials for shade: hostas, ferns, hellebores, ground covers and the plant chosen as perennial of the year for 2013, Variegated Soloman Seal;

For shade: Fern baskets, Swedish ivy plus much, much more!

Also, for the first time, the plant sale is offering heirloom tomato plants.

Another very special bonus to this year’s plant sale: Beginning at noon Friday and continuing while supplies last, representatives from Alabama Power will be on site giving away free trees. They will bring a limited quantity of dogwoods, redbuds, red maples and fringe trees, and will also be giving out informational brochures entitled “Right Tree, Right Place.”

At the plant sale, there’s no charge for looking, and the plants are all very reasonably priced.

Get something green and growing for yourself, or for the plant lover in your life.

Don’t have a green thumb or just have questions about how to get your new acquisitions settled into your garden at home? Take the opportunity to chat with the knowledgeable folks at the sale and ask their expert advice. Museum curator Dan Spaulding will oversee the sale and has a wealth of information to share.

Have questions? Call 256-237-6766. 

To share your news with Small Talk, contact Annette Maddox at starsmalltalk@yahoo.com.

Save the Date

Saving Animals Volunteers Engaged (S.A.V.E.) will host its third annual “Cupcakes for Critters” on May 18 (rain date May 19) at the home of Millie and Braxton Harris, 24 Sunset Drive, Anniston. This event – always a lot of fun – will feature sweet treats in a beautiful, relaxing garden atmosphere. $5 suggested donation. Money goes to spay/neuter Calhoun County pets, with the ultimate goal being “no more homeless pets.”
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