Burden, Independence Park to host plant sales

Area gardeners can shop two big plants sales on Saturday.

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will have thousands of colorful plants ready for local flower beds at the annual Spring Plant Sale at the LSU Botanic Gardens at Burden, on Essen Lane at I-10.

Over at BREC’s Independence Park, some of the best garden plants available each spring will be found at the 20th annual Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Plant Sale, sponsored by the Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation Board, Friends of the Botanic Garden and BREC.

On the Burden site, luxuriant ferns, cactus gardens, succulents, houseplants, vines, perennials and vividly blooming annual flowers — more than 250 types of plants in all — will fill row after row of tables, with each table sporting plants designated for individual growing conditions.

Visitors can ask questions about plant health, identification and growing methods in one tent, while another will house an array of herbs and vegetables.

A third tent will shade an offering of miscellaneous gardening tools, must-have books and other items donated for sale at rock-bottom prices.

There will also be lots of plants perfect for gifts, such as easy-care hanging baskets of colorful hardy plants and pots of artistically planted succulents, as well as selections for yards, gardens and homes.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring wagons to pull through the sale area.

The Master Gardener program is under the supervision of the LSU AgCenter and is open to any interested gardeners.

More information about the program will be available at the plant sale, which is the only source of funding for the EBR Master Gardeners, and supports community activities, events and education programs, as well as Burden tours, gardens and its public education.

At Independence Park, the sale area will be located in the Crape Myrtle Garden, to the rear of the parking lot.

The sale will feature a wide variety of beautiful, affordable plants, including culinary herbs, roses, Louisiana irises, daylilies, ferns, gingers, begonias, trees, vegetable plants, native plants, succulents and more.

Many of the plants to be sold have been grown by members of groups sponsoring the various gardens, including roses, irises and daylilies.

Local and regional vendors also will offer plants they have grown, thus assuring shoppers that the plants they purchase at this sale grow well in the Baton Rouge area.

Throughout the morning, members of the participating plant societies will be available in the sales areas to discuss the basics of selecting, growing, and maintaining the plants they will be selling.

Proceeds go to development of the Botanic Garden, which is community built and maintained by members of area plant societies and individual volunteers working together with BREC.

For information about joining the project, contact Sue Webb, Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation board president, via email at BotGarIP@aol.com.