Fall Plant Sale

by Megan Fleischer, Display Gardens Manager

We are within reach of the time of year I look forward to most; where a perfect day consists of cool, crisp morning air that slowly warms as the day ages.  It’s time to prepare for fall!  We’ve almost made it gardeners, another summer in the books.  But wait, before you go hanging up your tools and packing away your gloves, let’s talk about the benefits of planting in the fall.

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t be planting new plants right before the cold winter months set in.  In fact, it’s a very frequent question I get at The Arboretum.  However, you may be surprised to hear that a plant can establish itself in the ground by generating just as much new root growth in the fall than plants that were planted in spring of that same year.  These new roots will help to anchor the new plant into the ground-a necessity to prevent the plant from being heaved up out of the soil when the ground freezes.  Plus, fall’s traditionally cooler temperatures coupled with more frequent rainfall makes for ideal growing conditions for your plants!

So, great news! You still have time to renovate that garden that’s been an eyesore in your yard.  Now that you know you still have several more weeks of available planting time in your future, let’s talk about our Fall Plant Sale this Saturday, September 12th  10am-5pm.

The Arboretum will be selling a lush selection of native perennials, as well as some of our favorite non-natives.  Be sure to peruse our Arboretum-grown trees and shrubs we will be showcasing at our sale as well!  Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.


In order to offer the widest variety of native plants, we are thrilled to welcome the folks at Scioto Gardens, Central Ohio’s beloved native plant nursery, back again this year to feature their locally grown stock of native plants.  New to the sale include Genius Loci, selling native plants and Ohio Prairie Nursery, a native seed producer, both located in northeast Ohio. We can’t wait to see you there!

Scioto Gardens: www.sciotogardens.com