Spring Affair, the Midwest’s largest gardening event, will be Saturday, April 27 at the Lancaster Event Center from 9-4 p.m. More than 500 different varieties of plants will be offered at the day-long plant sale, with educational talks, “talk-abouts” and garden vendors all under the same roof.
“For This Place” is the theme of the 2013 event. Kim Todd, UNL Extension Horticulture Specialist, said the need for regionally appropriate plantings guides both plant selection and the event’s educational offerings, “After a summer like 2012, gardeners are taking a second look at their landscapes and making more careful decisions about plant selection.”
Plants are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness and demand and are provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc. of Clarkson, NE. Gardeners will find perennials, herbs, native plants, temperennials, vines and a variety of trees and shrubs—something for everyone.
Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale, plant talks and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all under one roof in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center. Plenty of parking is available just north of the building.
Throughout the day, “Talk-about” speakers will wend their way through the plant sale discussing topics ranging from using herbs to composting.
The 2013 Spring Affair newsletter will be mailed in late March. This year’s newsletter will include more complete plant descriptions than in the past, making plant selection easier for new gardeners but with enough information to satisfy even the most seasoned gardener.
The Spring Affair Preview Party is Friday night, April 26. To register and pay for the evening’s hors d’oeuvres, sale preview and activities, go to nsatickets.com.
Spring Affair is sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.
Proceeds from Spring Affair sustain the Arboretum's mission and fund critical programs and services. For more information or to get a copy of the newsletter, call (402) 472-2971 or visit springaffair.unl.edu.