Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Dividing and Donating Perennials

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As I was taking photos of the gardens last week, I took this photo along our service road behind the Rose Garden.   It’s off the beaten trail for good reason – not very pretty! J  The rows of perennials are Arboretum extras as well as a nursery bed for Green Scene’s annual spring plant sale.

Have you ever been to Green Scene’s plant sale?  It is one of my favorite spring events!  Here is a blurb about the event from their website (http://greensceneinc.org ):

Our plant sale is our biggest fund-raiser, the proceeds of which are dedicated to the purchasing and planting of trees in Black Hawk County.  Some of the items we offer include trees and shrubs, houseplants, native plants and grasses, perennials, wildflowers, herbs, hosta and companion plants, plants for butterfly gardens, dwarf conifers and alpines, ground covers, roots and tubers, vines, and a Collector’s Corner of unusual plants.

Many of the perennials found at the sale are from gardens right here in our community – so you know they will grow well in our climate!  Each year before the sale, community gardeners are encouraged to divide perennials in their garden and donate extras to the sale.

Now is the perfect time to walk your gardens and evaluate the plant material in your flowerbeds.  Do you have perennials that are getting too big for their allotted space?  Make a note of all perennials – maybe even flag in your garden this fall – that could be divided next spring and then consider donating your extras to the sale.  (I don’t know the date of 2012’s sale but will pass along information when hear more.)


See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

September 30, 2011 at 6:55 am

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