On Saturday, April 1, hundreds will bust down the doors at the Near Northwest Management District (7603 Antoine Dr.) for the organization’s seventh annual Spring Plant Sale.
“We started it as a way to get the community to start cleaning up their property,” Near Northwest Management District President Wayne Norden said. “We had a tremendous response from the community coming to buy the plants and spruce up their yards, so we just continued it. We’re also using it to raise money for the garden projects around this property.”
Kicking off the day at 9 a.m. will be a lecture and slideshow by Heidi Sheesly, executive director of Treesearch Farms and an area expert on those plants that have become naturalized to the Houston area. Following Sheesly’s presentation, the gates will open for business from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., or until all plants are sold out.
Norden said the NNMD’s annual Spring Plant Sale gives attendees the chance to experience plants not found anywhere else — such as the Mexican Butterfly Vine, Pride of Barbados, Hardy Gloxinia, St. Elmo’s Fire Russelia, Royal Purple Iochroma and YellowEyed Grass along with flowering plants, tomatoes and herbs— and those native to the Lone Star State.
“They’re unique and wonderful plants to have — that’s why the people keep coming back,” Norden said.
Such is the allure of the NNMD’s annual sale that it has drawn comers from all around the Houston are — even as far as Clear Lake.
“We had roughly 200 transactions last year—pretty much everybody that comes here buys something. They come from all over, and it’s exciting,” Norden said. “We even have local residents that come first thing in the morning, go home to plant what they’ve got and then come back around noon for more. It’s a great sale.”
“It is a lot of work (we have volunteers who make it all happen), but it’s a lot of fun to put it together and it’s a fun four hours,” he said. “We start at 6 a.m. and don’t leave until after 4 p.m., but during those four hours that we’re selling, it’s so much fun.”
For information on all plants to be offered, visit treesearchfarms.biz/White_Oak_Conference_Center.html. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until plants are sold out.