Red Deer resident Cindy Elander was getting advice from Red Deer & District Garden Club member Caroline Harris at the annual Spring Plant Sale and Exchange. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Red Deerians shop for exotic plants at spring plant sale

Exotic plants are popular at the Red Deer & District Garden Club’s annual plant exchange.

The Spring Plant Sale and Exchange has been going on for about 20 years, said organizer Kelly Beauchamp.

The club member said the popularity of the event is weather dependent.

“We generally rely on our membership to bring in plants and if they can’t grow it’s really hard to dig them up. If we’re having a great (weather) year, then we have lots coming in.”

Those who are familiar with the event, head straight to the table with rare finds, for example, gas plant, adonis, pasqueflower and hosta.

“They know they will find something unusual that they won’t find elsewhere, so when they come, they head right for the rare plants,” said Beauchamp.

Those who attend are able to find inexpensive plants so they’re up for trying new plants in their gardens, the organizer explained.

Red Deer resident Cindy Elander picked out hens and chicks, lady’s mantle and ornamental grass at the Sunday event. The gardener said she plants every year.

“These are more for dry spots that I have in my garden, that I have lost some of my perennials in so I’m replanting in my empty spots,” said Elander.

She added the event allowed her to talk to experts and learn about new plants.

“It’s an awesome idea.”



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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