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Fall is the perfect time to plant things because the weather is cooler and plants can settle in and become adjusted over the winter. When spring arrives, they are ready to bloom and grow.
If you wait until spring to begin working, the plants will probably miss their bloom time and not get adjusted to their new surroundings.
Another reason to plant in the fall is the plant sales. There are some good plant prices in the fall and nurseries do not want to carry over the inventory into the winter.
Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club Fall Plant Sale
The Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club will hold a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday near the horticultural gardens and greenhouses at Spartanburg Community College, 107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg.
Offerings include dwarf crepe myrtles, three for $35. In addition, the club has a large selection of shrubs and trees. Prices for butterfly bushes range from $5 to $8, and Chapel View Japanese Cedars are $10. This is a terrific ornamental evergreen plant because it is a slow grower and keeps its shape.
The club also is selling nine varieties of dogwood trees and three varieties of magnolia trees. Today’s varieties of magnolia trees are not like the old ones. The new ones do not take over the whole garden with their stature.
Check out the complete plant list at www.dirtdaubers.org.
Spartanburg Community College Plant Sale
Spartanburg Community College Fall Plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the horticultural gardens and greenhouses on campus.
The plants offered have been grown by the horticulture students and staff instructors.
“The plant sale is critical to our program to support hands-on learning and student scholarships. We are offering many different shrubs such as gardenias, tea olives, and small Japanese maples,” said Jason Bagwell, Horticulture Programs department chair.
This is your opportunity to get quality plants from both of the community’s horticultural organizations. In addition, there will be plant experts at the sales to help buyers with their questions, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Linda Cobb is a master gardener who lectures, teaches, and does garden design in South Carolina. She can be reached at 864- 574-8493 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at www.mygardenersguide.com.