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Carol O'Meara, Colorado State University Extension

Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension

LONGMONT – Despite teasing weather from Mother Nature, area gardeners are gearing up for a new season of planting beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and fresh vegetables. So it’s with joy that we celebrate the advent of local plant sales, each one supporting good causes in the community while supplying us with the flowers and foliage we crave. Take a look at area sales and the groups they support.

Students at the Career Development Center, 1200 S. Sunset Avenue in Longmont, are selling annuals, hanging baskets, and vegetable seedling from May 3 through 26, or until sold out. All proceeds benefit their program; hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Visit cdc.svvsd.org/updates/annual-cdc-bedding-plant-sale-begins-may-3rd.

Denver Botanic Garden’s Spring Plant Sale, May 11 and 12. Huge, packed with plants, novice and advanced gardeners alike will thrill to the event. Bring your own wagon, wheelbarrow or box to fill with new plants for your garden. The sale also features horticulturists to answer landscape questions and offer advice. Free sale entry both days; Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members can also get tickets to attend a preview party on Thursday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Denver Botanic Gardens are at 1007 York St. Visit botanicgardens.org.

Boulder Garden Club plant sale is Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. in Boulder. The Boulder Orchid Society will have a table there with orchids for sale. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, houseplants from members’ gardens, supplemented by some plants from local vendors are available along with gently used garden items, such as tools and books. Visit bouldergardenclub.org.

Gardens on Spring Creek spring plant sale is May 12 at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Ft. Collins. Northern Colorado gardeners can find perfect additions for a beautiful landscape, bountiful veggie garden, or lively containers. Choose from thousands of annuals, herbs, perennials, and vegetable starts grown by staff horticulturists and students from CSU and Front Range Community College. Proceeds of the sale support horticulture programs at CSU, FRCC, and The Gardens. Drought tolerant perennials of well-known and unusual varieties, rock garden plants, succulents, herbs, ornamental grasses, and annuals for tough places – the offerings are many and varied at this sale. Help save resources by bringing your own carrying box. Visit fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/spring-plant-sale.

Growing Gardens extends the plant sale season over several weekends, holding it on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse, 1630 Hawthorn Avenue in Boulder. They offer organic heirloom tomatoes, organic vegetable starts, organic herbs, blooming annual flowers, perennial flowers, native plants, water-wise plants, blackberries, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, vines, roses, and ornamental grasses. Visit growinggardens.org.

Don’t miss the Loveland Garden Club plant, antique and artisan sale, Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N Taft, in Loveland. Sway to the live music while perusing annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs or bidding on silent auction items. There will be Colorado Master Gardeners on site for guidance and questions. Visti lovelandgardenclub.com.

The Bloomin’ Seniors’ plant sale is May 19 from 8:30 am until they’re sold out at the Louisville Recreation Center, 900 West Via Appia Way, Louisville. They’re offering heirloom tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and perennials grown by club members (cash only).

By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension (CSU Extension). CSU Extension together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Colorado State University Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail comeara@bouldercounty.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.