The Florida Museum Fall Plant Sale will be held September 23-25

More than 100 plant species will be available at this year’s fall plant sale. ©Museum of Florida/Jeff Gage

Courtesy of Florida Museum of Natural History

BY NIKHIL SRINIVASAN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Get ready for fall gardening season at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Fall Plant Sale, which returns Sept. 23-25.

Visitors can choose from more than 100 species of accent, host, native and nectariferous plants. The plant sale will take place on the museum lawn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 23 and 24 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 25.

“The return to in-person sales has been incredible. Our sale last fall tied our most successful pre-pandemic sales, and this year’s spring sale broke records,” said Ryan Fessenden, director of the museum’s ‘Butterfly Rainforest’. “We’ve been so successful that it’s prompted us to cross the road at the cultural plaza to get all our stock out at once and make it easier for customers to browse and pick up plants.”

Instead of taking place in the paid parking lot in front of the museum, the sale will take place in a new location: the nearby lawn surrounding the Big Max sculpture. It’s first-come, first-served, and prices range from $3 to $20, with proceeds going to the ‘Butterfly Rainforest’ exhibit.

“We are always striving to expand the diversity of our offerings, and this year that comes in the form of some uncommon goldenrod species like Leavenworth’s goldenrod and serviceberry,” Fessenden said.

Three species of milkweed will also be available, along with other pollinator-friendly plants aimed at attracting these important but endangered insects to area homes and gardens.

Visitors can pay by cash, credit or debit card at the museum’s collectors’ shop or at a cashier located next to the plant sale. People 18 or older can sign up as volunteers and receive 15% off their purchase. For more information on available shifts, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baaac2aa0f49-2022.


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