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CLEMSON — The S. C. Botanical Garden’s annual Spring Plant Sale will be April 11 and 12.


The sale is open to Friends of the Garden from 2 to 6 p.m. April 11, and to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12. The Second Chance Plant Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26.


Many new plants are available this spring, including the perennials Sangria crinum, Samurai toad lily and two selections of giant hyssop.


The selection of native species has increased and a number of plants from the Botanical Garden collection will be available, including the tea camellia (direct descendants of one of the original Charleston tea plants) and many hydrangea species and varieties.


There also are native azaleas, including species and hybrids, on hand. Many varieties of vegetables — tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, leeks, squash and melons — will be available and ready for transplanting.


As many of the plants at the sale as possible are grown from cuttings, seed and divisions with the assistance of horticulture students and Master Gardener volunteers. This often takes more than one growing season, so planning is very important.


Specialty plants occasionally are purchased from local sources. New perennial species are purchased as small transplants from large greenhouse growers and annuals are donated by Pleasant View Gardens of New Hampshire. They arrive as small transplants in mid-February and are greenhouse grown in the nursery.


The spring sale catalog is posted online. Contact Jeanne Briggs at jeanneb@clemson.edu or call 864-656-2458 for more information.

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