Gardening

Mother's day plant sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens this weekend

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens – Nichols Arboretum annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale is coming up this weekend, May 13 and 14.

About three weeks ago I visited the Gardens and got a sneak peek at the plants growing in the greenhouse. I can tell you that these are no ordinary, anonymous plants grown by an impersonal factory growing operation. They are lovingly grown and tended by Adrienne O’Brien and her helpers right in the greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens. When I was there, the plants were still young but were growing strong and looked absolutely wonderful.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens/ Nichols Arboretum horticulturist Adrienne O”Brien and her team grow the plants for the sale.

A month ago Adrienne though the plants were running a bit ahead of schedule.

Today the plants look like they’re right on time for Mother’s Day.

The sale takes place inside the same greenhouse where the plants were grown.

There’s plenty of plants to choose from.

The greenhouse benches are overflowing with beautiful plants.

The sale runs from 10:00 am (9:00 if you’re a member) to 4:30 pm both days. Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road, south of Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor.

Bob Dluzen

As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob’s gardening has become an integral part of his life. “It’s the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued,” he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.