From our organizers:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) Plant Sale returns this year on May 9, 2019, with a Members-Only Preview on May 8. New York–area gardeners of all levels flock to the annual sale for its wide selection of locally grown, hand-selected plants. The Benefit Plant Sale is presented by the BBG Auxiliary, celebrating more than 100 years of service to the Garden.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Plant Sale offers an extensive variety of both indoor and outdoor plants, including flowering annuals and herbaceous perennials, small trees and shrubs, roses, herbs, vegetables, houseplants, orchids, and more. Easy space-saving plants for apartment dwellers, such as exotic tropicals and ferns and heavy-fruiting blueberries for patio containers, are offered alongside dozens of varieties of clematis, hydrangeas, roses, and other garden favorites. Among the highlights of the Plant Sale this year:
Dozens of varieties of organic herbs and vegetables
Native plants uniquely adapted to the Northeast that attract pollinators, especially endangered bees and butterflies, and are perfect for the dry shade of many Brooklyn gardens
For houseplant collectors, a wide selection of interesting plants in pots and hanging baskets
A greatly expanded collection of unusual orchids at phenomenal prices
A wide range of water-conserving succulents for the water-wise indoor gardener
On Thursday, May 9, the following Horticulture staff talks are offered for gardeners of all experience levels.
Designs with Annuals | 10:30 a.m.
Led by Jennifer Williams, curator of the Shakespeare Garden and Fragrance Garden
All About Orchids | 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Led by David Horak, curator of the Robert W. Wilson Aquatic House and Orchid Collection
Mastering the Art of Kokedama | 11:30 a.m.
Led by Margarita Poulson, curator of the Water Garden
Kokedama is bonsai without pots. Learn to mount and display plants in charming moss-wrapped spheres.
Shrubs & Perennials for Sun & Shade | Noon
Led by Michael Mauro, curator of the north section of BBG’s Plant Family Collection.
Houseplants for Every Situation | 2 p.m.
Led by Mark Fisher, vice president of Horticulture, along with greenhouse staff
Q&A: Growing & Using Herbs | 4 p.m.
Led by Janet Otranto
The Plant Sale is free with Garden admission. With each paid Garden admission during the Plant Sale, visitors will receive a free admission coupon to use on a return visit. A supply of red shopping wagons is available, but buyers are encouraged to bring a cart if they can. All major credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted.
A special Members’ Preview will take place on Wednesday, May 8, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is by BBG membership card only; memberships may be purchased at Garden entrances. BBG’s 2019 Plant Sale is presented by the BBG Auxiliary. All proceeds benefit Brooklyn Botanic Garden.