Get Sprung on Southwest Flora at These Spring Plant Sales

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Culture Issue: March 2016
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Photo courtesy Adobe Images / sakhorn38When spring sweeps into the Valley, we head outside to enjoy the glorious weather. For some, that means more time spent in the garden sifting through soil, sowing seeds and pruning bushes.

If that describes you, then you’re probably in the market for some plants and flowers for your plot of land or patio garden. Instead of patronizing a big box store, why not check out some local plant sales to stock up on Southwest flora?

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Annual Spring Plant Sale
From March 12-27, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior hosts its annual spring plant sale. Staff horticulturists and Pinal County master gardener-volunteers will be on hand weekends to answer your questions about which plants are suitable for your home and garden. You’ll find potted trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti and other succulents. If you’re a member of the Arboretum, you’re eligible to attend the presale for the best selection on Friday, March 11, and will get a 10 percent discount. While you’re there, check out the gardens and take a nature walk. Park entrance: $10, ages 13 and older; $5, children 5-12; free, age 4 and younger and students with a University of Arizona CatCard. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
37615 U.S. 60, Superior
Information: (520) 689-2811,

Desert Botanical Garden
If you’re in the market for arid-adapted plants, trees, shrubs, ground cover, perennials, cacti or succulents, head over to the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20. Members get an early peek on March 18 and get a 10 percent discount on purchases. You can attend the sale without buying admission to the garden. Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

Southwest Gardener’s Spring Vegetable and Herb Plant Sale
Drop by Southwest Gardener on March 13 for a good selection of local grower Gregory Ware’s organic plants just in time for spring planting. While there, pick up fertilizer, fresh soil, shading and other garden accouterments. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

Scottsdale Community College Center for Native and Urban Wildlife Spring Plant Sale
On Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SCC’s Center for Native and Urban Wildlife will hold its annual spring plant sale at the SCC greenhouse. The sale will feature cacti, succulents, native perennials, trees/shrubs, custom arrangements, indoor plants, hanging plants, wildflower seeds, bee poles, and care and planting tips from CNUW experts. Proceeds benefit the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife, a non-profit organization started by the SCC biology department to teach students as well as the community to engage and connect to biodiversity through conservation of the Sonoran Desert using education and research. Plant prices will be $20 or less. Only cash and checks accepted. The greenhouse is located on the north side of campus. Enter from Entrance 4 and go to Parking Lot I.
9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale