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Pop-Up Plant Sale - One day Only!

The Memphis Botanic Garden’s greenhouse manager and grower, Manny Pailet, is extremely dedicated to his plants, even planning his vacation times around when particular plants need special attention in order to be at their best.

With help from volunteers like Anne Knapp, who has volunteered on and off for the past ten years, Pailet has timed many varieties to be in bloom just for our Pop-Up Plant Sale that will be held on October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

“We have been grooming the plants, getting them all together in one spot, and going through them one by one to see what we can sell. We then price the plants and line up more volunteers to help us with the actual sale. We have about 4 to 5 volunteers most days, but there are never enough. and we are always looking for more people to volunteer,” says Knapp. 

Presented by Wright Medical Technology, Inc., this year’s Fall Plant Sale will be a one-day-only event featuring an exclusive and diverse collection of plants cultivated in our very own greenhouse and nursery. These plants, which are used on the Garden’s grounds and indoor facilities, are selected for their unique features, healthiness, and hardiness. Garden staff and volunteers who work with these plants daily will be on hand during the sale to guide you on selection and plant care tips. 

  • Fall-planted perennial plants, trees, and shrubs perform better during the following growing season than those planted in the spring, so you can take advantage of the autumn weather and get started on your own home oasis now.
  • All the proceeds from the sale help the Garden maintain 96 acres of healthy, natural space, and to offer environmental education programs for children and adults. 
 Some items to look for at the sale: 
  • Spigelia marilandica, Indian Pink - will be in bloom, hard to find native plant  
  • Many of the the new/latest varieties of day lilies, especially those that do well in South 
  • Farfugium japonicum giganteum-very large foilage, hard to find plant for shade gardens 
  • Anemone japonica, Japanese wind flower 
  • Tricyrtis formosana, Toad lily -  fall blooming in shade 
  • Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Plumbago-graet deep blue flowers 
  • Hardy Amaryllis 
  • Several species of  ground cover plants 
  • Plants for wet areas  
  • Good selection of shrubs fully rooted in their containers – including deciduous holly in 4 varieties Jim Dandy, Red Sprite, Winter Red, Southern Gentleman
  • An assortment of perennial herbs 
  • Interesting selection of indoor plants – tropicals, succulents, and cacti     
 Admission to the Pop-Up Plant Sale is free. Call 636-4100 for information.   


Posted by Bonnie Grosshans at 2:30 PM


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