Friends of the Garden hosts their annual fall sale in St. John’s
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Early birds got their best plant selections on Saturday morning, September 9, as the Friends of the Garden (FOG) held its annual fall sale at the MUN Botanical Gardens on Mount Scio Road.
People lined up down the shoulder of the gravel road long before the gates opened at 9 a.m. for the three-hour sale, and once they were approved, they walked through the line, grabbing cardboard boxes to fill with their plant selections.
“We have thousands of dollars in inventory of unique Newfoundland perennials, shrubs, warming plants, heathers and heritage plants for sale today,” spokesperson and organizing board member Patricia Williams told SaltWire about 15 minutes before the sale began. The year is 1978, and one hundred percent of the funds raised are specifically for Botanical Garden programs.
William noted that over half a million dollars have been raised in the 45 years since FOG Factory sales began.
After Saturday’s fall plant sale, Williams said they will soon begin preparing for the spring FOG sale next June.
“We transplant the plants between spring and fall, and put them in the garden to grow. “After the winter, we increase the sizes of the plants by moving them into different beds here in the growing garden and we have taken them from little shoots and little branches to gallon pots and everything in between as we see here today,” Williams noted.
Attendees made their way through the grassy paths between the six long beds, and quickly added to their collection of plants, trees, shrubs and perennials, some with a cart loaded with colorful plants of all sizes to replant in their flower garden areas at home.