Virginia Tech Horticulture student Katie Elliott cares for the hanging baskets she has grown for the Hort Club Plant Sale, April 25 -27. Photo: Holly Scoggins.
Here’s an annual event I highly recommend. Starting tomorrow, the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture is sponsoring their fabulous Hort Club Plant Sale. There are four days of events for those of us who love gardening.
Tomorrow, Wednesday,April 24, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., they are having a Sneak Peek of the sale. See what the students have been growing, as well as other wonderful perennials, trees and shrubs brought in from top-notch Virginia nursery growers for the sale. This is a preview only; no sales and no holds will be allowed on Wednesday.
The Plant Sale itself runs Thursday – Saturday, April 25-27, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. The sale is held at the greenhouse and Hahn Garden complex on the VT campus (Washington St.). Choose from annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs, and more. Proceeds support student scholarships and programs. For more info on the sale, you can e-mail the students at email@example.com.
They are also running Gardening MicroTalks on Friday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet in front of the Garden Pavilion, or inside if raining. Talks are free and start at the top of the hour and run 15 minutes. Learn how to plant properly, how to make more plants, how to start a paver patio, how to create beautiful mixed containers, and more. Talks are given by horticulture faculty, staff, and students. You can get the full schedule at www.hort.vt.edu/hhg or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, April 27, you can take a tour of three private gardens, open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The tour costs $6 and gets you admission to three of the most beautiful, inspiring spring gardens in Blacksburg. Tickets are on sale only at the Hort Club Plant Sale. This garden tour is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library (sponsors of the annual Friendly Garden Tour in Blacksburg) to help benefit their youth outreach programs. Featured gardens are all within 3 miles of downtown Blacksburg; you’ll get a map when you buy your ticket.
Here’s what I’ve been told about the featured gardens:
The Niemiera Garden is composed of an eclectic set of woody and herbaceous species that offer year-round beauty. The garden has been designed to create “rooms” that offer various views and focal points. Garden components include a water garden, antique Afghanistan garden entryway, statuary, and unusual tree and shrub species – many of which are simply spectacular in the spring.
The Steeves Garden was recently featured in Horticulture magazine. The owner has created a large, multi-room garden overflowing with unusual spring flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials. Paths lead beneath vine-covered arbors and past beds full of mature peonies, ferns, Asian jack-in-the-pulpit and hosta, co-mingled with ephemerals such as bleeding heart, bloodroot, woodland poppy, and much more.
The Dorsey Garden is billed as a spring-time wonderland. This woodland garden at the end of a quiet street is awash with daffodils and blooming redbuds every spring. The lovely craftsman style house is a perfect centerpiece for this serene naturalized setting.