Step into Spring at the Perennial Plant Society of Middle TennesseeâTMs Annual Plant Sale

After the harsh winds of winter, itâTMs rewarding to look forward to springtime when flora and fauna awaken to bring delight to nature lovers everywhere. The hints of warmer weather urge gardening enthusiasts and newbies alike to begin garden and landscaping plans. To that end, one event not to miss this spring is the Tennessee garden loversâTM event of the year, the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee âTMs Annual Plant Sale, an admission-free, one-day-only event held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 11, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee (www.ppsmt.org/) is a non-profit organization that offers advice on effective gardening techniques and promotes the use of perennial plants in our landscaping efforts. The organizationâTMs proceeds go towards charitable and educational activities, including scholarships to horticulture students. The organization also brings in gardening experts who speak at monthly meetings held for the public free of charge at Cheekwood Botanic Hall.

Â"I am excited that thousands of healthy, quality plants of such variety are under one roof and will be sold to local gardeners at great prices in three hours or less," says Plant Sale Coordinator Susan Shumaker.

The sale is an eagerly anticipated event and is so popular, in fact, that there could be 300 people or more in line when the doors open. Plant lovers arrive early to get a jump on better selections and the opportunity to sign up for a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate. In earlier years, the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee Annual Plant Sale has closed at 2:00 p.m., so shoppers should make note that this yearâTMs closing is noon.

The plethora of plants are expected to be provided by four Tennessee vendors, who will supply 400-500 different varieties. Each plant is identified with a card that shows a color photo of it in bloom, with signs telling shoppers each plantâTMs needs. Volunteers stand by to answer questions and offer gardening suggestions. Plants offered will include perennials, annuals, grasses, ferns, roses and a variety of shrubs.

The variety of plants up for sale is perhaps the main reason the event is so popular with Tennessee gardeners. The prices, most definitely another perk, are lower than found in gardening centers and are competitive with big box stores (where you wonâTMt likely find anywhere near the number of different varieties offered by the sale).

What shoppers need to know before heading to the Perennial Plant Society of Middle TennesseeâTMs Annual Plant Sale is that, although admission is free, Metro charges $5 for parking at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, pets must be left at home, and wagons and large carts must be left at the door. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards are welcome and your support is highly appreciated.

By Linda Brewer