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The Herb Volunteers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a diverse and amazing group of individuals who grow 50% of the nearly 10,000 herb plants offered at Spring Plant Sale. These 20+ volunteers also design, plant and maintain the formal Herb Terrace within the Garden. Herb volunteers meet every Wednesday morning throughout the year.
Among the herbs offered at the Spring Plant Sale will be 7 varieties of Basil, 8 varieties of Lavender, 8 varieties of Rosemary, 12 varieties of Salvia and 10 varieties of Thyme. In addition, there will be hard-to-find plants such as Bay Laurel, Chervil, Society Garlic, Cuban Oregano, Kent Beauty Oregano, Patchouli, Katy Road Rose and 8 varieties of fabulous Scented Geraniums.
At the April Sale our Herbs are presented for sale in an alphabetical arrangement – beginning with Aloes and Basils, winding around our tables to Thymes and Yarrows.
We have paid special attention to which plants have survived last season’s drought, and would like to recommend all varieties of Rosemaries; Salvia Gregg’s which come in many colors and will maintain in your garden for years as small to medium shrubs; Six Hills Giant Catmint which mounds, with grey-green foliage and blue flowers; and Garden Sage, the tasty Thanksgiving sage.
The Herb volunteers are seasoned gardeners who are able to offer advice about growing conditions, how and where to plant, and continuing care of all the Herbs we grow and sell.
We hope that you come to the Spring Plant Sale and shop with us! Bring all your questions, and herb volunteers will do their best to answer. Visit the Herb Garden soon and maybe even become involved as a volunteer on Wednesday mornings when/if your schedule allows. We welcome anyone who has an interest in Herbs and wants to learn.
Spring Plant Sale returns to Brookwood Village April 7-9. On Friday, public sale hours are 9-7 p.m. On Saturday, public sale hours are 9-5 p.m. And on Sunday, public sale hours are 11-3 p.m. Admission is free to the public sale.
– Written by Donna Taylor of the Herb Army