HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN October 5, 2013
Director of Marketing
(256) 830-4447 ext. 290
For immediate release
HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN HOSTS FALL PLANT SALE, HERB DAY AND WILDLIFE WONDERS—A ZOO TO YOU
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama– You don’t want to miss the fourth Annual Fall Plant Sale Saturday, October 12th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 13th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Garden offers the best selections of tree, bushes, perennials, bulbs and fall flowers that will flourish in the North Alabama area and also provides a plethora of experts to help you with your selection and provide advice on what to do once you get your plants home.
The Garden has more than two acres of greenhouses and development areas where volunteer experts hand-cultivate these plants from either seedlings or special cuttings. All are fertilized with a special mixture of fertilized soil and lovingly nurtured in the Garden’s greenhouses for three to seven years before being offered at the Fall Plant Sale.
Harvey Cotton will be on hand to answer questions and assist with plant selections and the expert master gardeners will be doing free pH testing. A cup of dry soil for each area being tested is all that is required.
Admission is free for plant sale area.
While you shop, let children ages six and up have some spooktacular fun. Our Education Department will offer a Spooky Halloween Terror-arium class designed to keep them occupied while you shop the plant sale. When you return, they will have filled their Terror-ariums with a variety of scary trinkets, toys and live plants. Preregistration is not required. The class will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is $15 for Garden members and $20 for non-members.
Also on October 12, get out and enjoy heavenly herbs. The Huntsville Herb Society presents Fall Herb Day on Saturday, October 12 at the Garden. Shop the Herb Boutique for unique products to stock your pantry and for gifts. Workshops will be held on Designing an Herb Garden, $10; Herbal Holiday Entertaining, $20; and Ornaments and Decorations, $25. You can attend all three workshops available for one fee of $40. Check www.hsvbg.org for workshop times.
“People always think spring and summer is the best time to see the Garden but fall is fabulous and we have so much growing on,” said Carol Casey, Director of Marketing. “In addition to Fall Plant Sale, Herb Day and Wildlife Wonders, we have the Scarecrow Trail and hayrides through the end of October and BOOtanica is coming up October 26. It’s the perfect season to fall in love with the Garden.”
On Sunday, take a walk on the wild side and take off for adventure without leaving the Garden. Your Safari Guides from Wildlife Wonders: A Zoo to You” will bring the fun and live animals to the Boeing/Toyota Amphitheatre for two very special shows Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
You’ll see a serval cat, a gibbon, a red kangaroo, a monitor lizard, an alligator as well as several other surprise creatures. Who knows what else you’ll see in this fun and educational animal show. Wildlife Wonders: A Zoo to YOU travels to us from Cleveland, GA; choosing which animals to bring based on “who’s in a good mood that morning,” but they average about 7 unique animals per show. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see rare and fascinating creatures in your own backyard.
The wonderful staff from Wildlife Wonders gives fun facts and wonderful educational information about each animal, its habitat and other interesting tidbits. Don’t forget those cameras; this unique opportunity to see these animals up close will have you clicking away. Want to know more? A question and answer session will be provided at the end of each show.
The fee for this show is $2 per person plus Garden admission or membership.
HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden - and a variety of plant collections. This beautiful 120-acre Garden is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization run by only 35 employees and over 2600 active volunteers. With five distinct festivals each year, Dog Days of Winter, Spring Festival of Flowers, Summer Butterfly House, Fall Scarecrow Trail and Holiday Galaxy of Lights, you’ll soon see why we say There’s Always Something Growing On at Huntsville Botanical Garden! For more information visit www.hsvbg.org.