Botanic garden to host free-admission plant sale Saturday and Sunday

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  • The Georgia Southern botanic garden is hosting its spring plant sale on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for the event, and all plant sales will benefit the GS botanic garden.

Elizabeth Gross

Georgia Southern University’s botanic garden is hosting a spring plant sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1503 Bland Avenue.

According to a press release, admission is free for the event, and all plant sales will benefit the GS botanic garden. Plants available to purchase include annuals, perennials, edibles, herbs, shrubs and trees.

Carolyn Altman, director of the botanic garden, said there will be free coffee provided by Starbucks at 9 a.m. on Saturday, as well as GS art students displaying and selling nature-related art and painted planting pots until 3 p.m.

Altman said that there will be thousands of plants available for purchase, with over hundreds of different types, including indoor plants, succulents, endangered plants, fruit trees, vegetable plants, blueberry bushes and more.

“[Students] really like houseplants, and they really like color,” Altman said. “If they’re staying for the summer, they like to have some kind of bright friendly color to greet them when they come home.”

Herbs are also a popular choice for GS students, Altman said.

“[Students] really like herbs,” Altman said. “We have a lot of different kinds of herbs because you can grow them in a flower pot out on your front steps, so when you move you can take them with you or leave them for the next person, and it’s not a great big loss, and you can cook with them and enjoy them.”

There will be garden experts available at the sale to assist customers with plant selection, according to the press release. Customers are encouraged to ask the experts gardening questions and also bring pictures of their yards for reference.

Altman said students can bring pictures of the inside of their apartments to consult with the experts about the right types of plants for different rooms in regards to the plant’s preferred shade or sun exposure. The experts can also assist pet owners with picking out plants that are safe for pets.

Prices range from $2 and up, Altman said.

“Succulents are pretty cheap, maybe $4 or $5, more unusual ones may be $6,” Altman said. “Herbs are pretty cheap, $4 maybe. They are definitely affordable.”

Altman said lots of GS students attend the botanic garden plant sales.

“It’s just really fun to come out and wander around in a beautiful place and look at beautiful things,” Altman said. “It’s a nice break from the stress of being a student.”

Elizabeth Gross, The George-Anne News Reporter,