Sunday, October 16, 2011

Huntsville Botanical Gardens Plant Sale

We went to Huntsville yesterday for the fall plant sale at the Botanical Gardens. This is the first time I had been to one of their plant sales and boy, was I impressed. It was a tad overwhelming and I could have spent more time there, not to mention more money. Most of the plants were around $5 - $10. There were some larger plants and my most expensive purchase was a large witch hazel "Arnold's Promise" which was $40. We were in Michael's Pathfinder and came home with the back loaded. Most of these plants are going to be planted on the property. I would liked to have bought more dogwoods and native azaleas but I'm a little wary of planting more than I can take care of  and I'm not sure how well they will do out there. I don't ever recall seeing dogwoods growing anywhere in that area.

Here is what we came home with (for future reference):


  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia "Brilliantissima")
  • Snowbell, Big Leaf (Styrax grandiflora)
  • Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
  • Dogwood (no name)
  • Magnolia, Big Leaf (Magnolia macrophylla)
  • Magnolia, Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana)
  • Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus)
  • Silver Bell (Halesia carolina)
  • Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
  • Snowball (Viburnum Opulus 'Sterile')
  • Native azaleas (4): Piedmont, Austrinum, Flame, Admiral Semmes seedling

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

7 comments:

  1. Phillip, Beware the Koelreutaria, there will be seedlings everywhere.
    Sounds like a fabulous haul!!

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  2. I bet that Witch Hazel will be amazing...it's one of my wish-list plants for if I ever get a bigger garden :-) drove past a house today with a large one in the front yard...the autumn color was outstanding!

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  3. I love a good plant sale, and I always buy too much. You have purchased some terrific plants; some are on my own wish list. Good luck!

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  4. Dogwoods are hardy but need to have a bit of shelter. I have been nursing one in my front yard (south side) for about 5 years. This past summer we had no rain and temperatures up to 114F and it was just baked. They grow wild in wooded areas here (Tulsa) with some high shade and a bit more rain. It was a lovely pink dogwood and will be missed. Good luck. If I am ever your way I will stop and ask for the nickel tour.

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  5. Phillip that's why I refused to let myself go this fall. I went to the spring sale and came back with a pickup load. This is the first time they've had a fall sale. I still have a lot of plants to get into the ground before I have knee surgery in 3 weeks. Witch hazel is one plant on my to get list plus a kousa dogwood. Maybe next year. Mary

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  6. It appears that your choices will not need much care after they are established. Looking forward to seeing where you plant them.

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  7. Got to love those plant sales. Sounds like you literally brought home a load of them.The Magnolias and Witch Hazels are great additions. Love the blooms.

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