DENVER (CBS4) – Mother’s Day Weekend is the traditional start to the planting season in Colorado. For many gardeners, that means a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens for the Annual Plant Sale.
The Garden will sell about 85,000 plants in just two days. It’s a tradition that has lured gardeners to central Denver for the past 62 years.
“We have lots of people who come here simply because they want to get that last minute Mother’s Day gift,” explained Will Jones, the public relations manager for Denver Botanic Gardens. “We have other people who come here simply because this is their chance to get all of the best plants for the Rocky Mountain region for their gardens.”
Plenty of people were lined up early Friday morning to be the first through the gates to their hands on just the perfect plant.
“It’s kind of like a concert atmosphere, people want to get here so they can get the best selection,” Jones said. “Even though we have 85,000 plants, that’s all that we have so people try to get here early Friday so they can get the best selection.”
But he said it’s more than just the plants that attract the gardens. “One of the main reasons people come to plant sale is not because of the wide variety we have, it’s because they get expert advice.”
“Not only are our experts here and the hundreds of volunteers that work here to keep our gardens looking great year after year,” Jones said, “we also have the industry experts who are here selling the plants. They can answer any question you have about the plants that you are buying or any of the plants that you may have at home.
The Saturday of this year’s sale falls on National Public Gardens Day, that’s a day to raise awareness about the role public gardens play to communities.
Admission to the sale on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 is free.
LINK: Denver Botanic Gardens