Who says money does not grow on trees?
For members of Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), Auburn University’s student landscape horticulture club, trees and other plants sold at the annual A-Day Plant Sale raise money to provide scholarships and funding for travel to national competitions.
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PLANET, a professional, service and social landscape organization, is the sponsor of this year’s A-Day Plant Sale to be held Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 in the parking lot at the corner of Samford Avenue and South College Street.
Every year the popular sale attracts hundreds of buyers not only from the Auburn community, but also out-of-town visitors who attend the A-Day football game held the same weekend.
There will be a large selection of plants including thousands of annuals, perennials, herbs, azaleas, vegetables, shrubs, trees, sod and Mater Dirt, said Dr. Amy Wright, associate professor of horticulture and PLANET adviser. She noted that the most popular items are azaleas, bedding plants, hanging baskets, trees and shrubs.
Some of the plants for sale are grown by the students, but they are mostly from nurseries in the state, Wright said. Wright explained that PLANET members are extremely involved and help with every aspect of the sale.
“PLANET club members and officers coordinate with nurseries to get the plants, and then students pick up the plants from the nurseries and bring them back to set up, organize, label and price,” Wright said. “They run the entire event from keeping the plants watered, to helping customers, to taking money.”
Because the event is completely planned and run by horticulture students, customers can use the opportunity to get free advice about plants from students knowledgeable about the subject, Wright explained.
“The students are able to tell you about the plants, how to use them in your landscape, how big they’ll get and other advice,” Wright said. “If you don’t know what kind of plant you want, you can even describe the area in your yard and get a good recommendation of what to buy.”
Wright encourages everyone to support the sale because “spring is a good time to add plants to your landscape, and all proceeds from the sale directly benefit club members.”
To support horticulture students, visit the A-Day Plant Sale Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday, April 15 from 12 to 6 p.m. Cash, check, donations and the following credit cards will be accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.