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.

The Loveland chapter of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization, provides scholarships and aid to help women continue their education. For over 25 years, they’ve raised funds via a flower sale and this year’s is set to be a celebration in bloom: Hanging baskets, flowering pots, window boxes, and individual plants are available.

The P.E.O. flower sale is by pre-order only, so if you’d like to support them, act now, by contacting Mary Ella Peterson at 970.667.6201 or by e-mail at maryella@qwestoffice.net. All orders must be received by Friday, May 3. Plants will be available for pickup on Wednesday, May 14, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Faith Church, 2707 North Wilson Avenue in Loveland.

Denver Botanic Garden’s Spring Plant Sale, May 10 and 11. 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. The Denver Botanic Gardens are at 1007 York St. Visit botanicgardens.org.

The Boulder Garden Club‘s Annual Plant Sale is Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., in Boulder. The Orchid Society of Boulder will also have plants for sale at the event, which offers perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs from members’ gardens, and some veggie seedlings, along with some gently used garden items. Fund raising is used for Civic Projects.

Gardens on Spring Creek spring plant sale is May 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. Some extended walking is required to take in all of the plants at this event; more information is at fcgov.com/gardens/spring-plant-sale.

Growing Gardens extends the plant sale season over several weekends, holding it on May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, 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.

Don’t miss the Loveland Garden Club plant, antique and artisan sale, Saturday, May 11, 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.

By Carol O’Meara. Colorado State University 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 Road, Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail comeara@bouldercounty.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.