An Alameda Garden: The Bay Area's Largest Plant Sale

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Bay Area's Largest Plant Sale

Photo Credit: James Gaither
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is holding its huge annual plant sale tomorrow and it seems like they will have something for everyone, or at least something for everyone's garden. Over 20,000 plants will be for sale representing over 2500 varieties, including some hard-to-find special treats. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to find:
  • Several kinds of South African restios, including the very hard to germinate Cannomois virgata, a lovely, tall, reed-like plant.
  • A gorgeous selection of tropical vireya rhododendrons. SFBG is one of only a few nurseries that grow them.
  • Many rare hellebores, including Helleborus foetidus, a hard to find winter blooming evergreen.
  • 250 kinds of native plants, including Matilija poppies, native irises, up to 20 kinds of Ceanothus (wild lilac), and more.
  • Unusual perennial vegetable starts from the Andes, including oca and yacón.
  • Lots of stunning, flowering shrubs, including species of Leucadendron, whose cut flowers can cost anywhere from $7-10 each.
The sale takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 4 from 10am-2pm at the SF County Fair Building at San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in Golden Gate Park at 9th Ave at Lincoln Way. For more information, visit or call (415) 661-1316.

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