The 39th Annual Spring Plant Sale
April 27–28 (Sat. & Sun.) 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Public Hours
April 28 (Sun.) 1–4:30 p.m.
New Location! Botanical Center, Nursery Area
It's time once again for the Annual Spring Plant Sale at The Huntington!
Garden lovers will find all the newest plants, the most sought-after collectibles, and the popular favorites that have made this event an annual rite for Southern California gardeners for nearly four decades.
Trees will be prominently featured this year, notes sale manager Louise Guerin. “Many local homeowners are shopping for trees this spring to replace the ones they lost during last winter’s windstorm,” she says. “We’re increasing the selection of saplings we’ll be offering in order to meet the demand.” Japanese maples, viburnums, and smoketrees are just a few of the varieties to look for.
For those cultivating an edible garden—either as row crops, in patio containers, or as part of an ornamental landscape—the sale will offer a wide selection of vegetable seedlings, herbs, and fruits that will yield a bumper crop of home-grown flavor. Among the offerings to look for are heirloom tomatoes such as Purple Calabash, Green Zebra, Yellow Brandywine, and Black Icicle; unusual varieties of eggplant like the striped Udumalapet or Louisiana Long Green; Sweet Chocolate and Purple Beauty bell peppers; white alpine strawberries; avocado and stone fruit trees; and more. No home garden would be complete without herbs—some of which, like thyme, make beautiful landscape plantings in addition to being useful in the kitchen. Dozens of varieties will be available.
There will be plenty of ornamental plants, too, from flowering shrubs to palms and tropicals. Highlights include colorful southwest natives such as the blue-flowering Ceanothus, burgundy flowered Chilopsis (desert willow), and the striking Matilija poppy. Drought-tolerant offerings will be well represented and will include several aloe hybrids that are Huntington introductions.
Shoppers can also pick up gardening tips and expert advice from the volunteers and staff members who will be on hand at the sale.
In order to present the widest possible variety, quantities of each plant are limited so popular items may sell out quickly. Arrive early for the best selection, and bring a wagon or cart to carry your purchases.