Fall is almost here – Sept. 23 will arrive before we know it. With the season’s beginning also come the wonderful fall plant sales. Autumn is a great planting season and gives greenery time to establish deep roots before the hot summers.
Here is information about two of the sales happening in Tarrant County the first two weeks of October. Never been to a fall plant sale? No worries, here’s what you can expect.
North Texas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Besides educating Texans about native plants, chapter members also grow Texas’ glorious plants and sell them to the public at their fall plant sale. The best parts about these plants are that they require little water and don’t need pesticides or fertilizers.
The group will have ground covers, perennials, shrubs, grasses, vines, trees and aquatics available. For a complete list of the plants offered, you can download their flyer.
I highly recommend visiting their website to learn more about the native greenery. They have pictures of each plant, along with details about light requirements, bloom time and more. Once on their website, click on red “2015 Fall Plant Sale” button to see these specs.
Location: The pavilion at Randol Mill Park (1901 W. Randol Mill Road Arlington, TX 76012) in Arlington.
Parking Instructions: Go two blocks west from Fielder Road on Randol Mill Road, then turn north into the park. Turn left shortly after entering the park. The plant sale is held at the pavilion.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Thursday, Oct. 7 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Plant Sale Preview Class
Friday, Oct. 8 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Pre-Sale for Members Only
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 9 & 10 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Open to Public
The garden will be selling almost any kind of plant from sun and shade perennials to native Texas plants, including decorative grasses, shrubs and bulbs. Prices start at $2 per plant. In the past they have had orchids, tropical plants and fruit trees.
There will be a holding area you can leave your selected plants at while you finish shopping. When you’re ready to check out, pick up your plants, go to the ticket writers’ tent and then proceed to the cashier. Outside vendors at the event will have separate tickets, which you will also provide to the cashier when you’re ready to pay. Cash, check and credit card are accepted.
Also, it’s a BYOW event, which means you should bring your own wagon if you have one.
Location: Back side of the Botanic Garden in Fort Worth.
Parking Instructions: Take the Montgomery Street on I-30 West. Follow the signs on the right that you’ll see before the Montgomery traffic light. Parking will be available in designated areas near the Montgomery Street Antique Mall.
FWBG Membership: Besides financially supporting the garden, members receive a 10% discount at the plant sales, as well as free entrance to the Japanese Garden and Conservatory. Membership cost for individuals is $50; couples $75; and families $100. For the complete list of membership benefits and to sign up, visit fwbg.org/membership.
Details: fwbg.org or call 817-392-5510