Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Annual Plant Sale Offers Over 20,000 Plants on May 1 and 2

Northeast’s Largest Plant Sale in its 60th Year

Hours: Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Members-Only Preview Sale: Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 to 8 p.m.


Release Date: 03/18/2013

Brooklyn, NY— Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual benefit Plant Sale returns for the 60th time this spring with the largest and best selection of affordable plants in the metropolitan area. The Plant Sale has only gotten better with age, offering the newest and best plants available as well as trusted favorites for gardeners with a single windowsill or an expansive backyard.

More than 20,000 plants will be for sale in an area the size of two football fields on BBG’s Cherry Esplanade. Over two days, thousands of plant lovers will take advantage of the sale’s incredible selection and gardening advice from the Garden’s expert staff, including director of Horticulture Mark Fisher (houseplants), rosarian Sarah Owens (roses), and team members from GreenBridge, BBG’s community horticulture program (window boxes, tree beds, and containers).

The two-day Plant Sale offers an expansive variety of plants, both for indoors and outdoors: annuals, perennials, small trees and shrubs, roses, herbs, vegetables, houseplants, orchids, hanging baskets—and more. Easy space-saving plants for apartment dwellers, like cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets, heavy-fruiting blueberries for containers, and a wide range of water-conserving succulents are offered alongside frost-resistant gardenias and dozens of roses and other garden favorites. This year’s sale will offer over 600 kinds of native plants—easily found by shoppers by virtue of special orange labels—in honor of the opening of BBG’s Native Flora Garden expansion in June.

Among the specimens on offer are rare and unusual plants, including native species and hard-to-find cultivars, all meticulously selected and reasonably priced by a team that has worked on the sale for over 40 years to grow it into the city’s premier resource for garden plants.

On Wednesday, May 1, the following talks and demonstrations are offered for gardeners of all experience levels:
  • Bonsai clinic and demonstration, led by BBG bonsai curator Julian Velasco. Bring your own pest-free bonsai for pruning, repotting, and advice. $25 for participants; spectators are welcome, free of charge (10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m.).
  • The best houseplants for sun and shade with director of Horticulture Mark Fisher (2 p.m.)
  • Reviving and repotting orchids with David Horak, curator of BBG’s orchid collection (noon and 3 p.m.)
  • Tips on selecting unusual long-blooming, easy-care annuals with BBG gardener Jennifer WIlliams (10:30 a.m.)
  • Shrubs and perennials that offer the best bang for your buck with BBG gardener Michael Mauro (11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.)
  • An exploration of unusual herbs with BBG gardener Jennifer Williams (4 p.m.)
  • GreenBridge workshops: Get a head start on achieving high marks in the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest with Planting a Window Box (5:30 p.m.), Colorful Containers (6 p.m.), and Tree Bed Gardening (6:30 p.m.).

  • With each paid Garden admission during the Plant Sale, visitors receive a free admission coupon to use on a return visit. A supply of red shopping wagons is provided, but buyers are encouraged to bring a cart if they can. All major credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted.

    Visitors are encouraged to share stories and photos of the Plant Sale using the hashtag #brooklynbotanic

    The Members-Only Preview Sale will be held on Tuesday, April 30, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is with a BBG membership card only; memberships may be purchased at Garden entrances.

    BBG’s 2013 Plant Sale is presented by the BBG Auxiliary. Sponsorship support for the Plant Sale is provided by Monrovia Growers. All proceeds benefit Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

    NOTE: On Tuesday, April 30, the Garden will close to the public at 4 p.m. for the Members’ Preview Sale. On May 1 and 2, the Garden will open at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.

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