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January 26th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Fall Plant Sale Slated for Oct. 11–12
You don’t need to go to New England to experience fall color. Bring home autumn hues for your Southern California garden—from foliage and flowers—at the Fall Plant Sale Oct. 11–12 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Hours for the sale are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Admission to the sale is free.
Experts know that the secret to a beautiful garden is to get started in the fall, laying the groundwork for great blooms throughout the year. The event will feature a bountiful selection of fall foliage plants and autumn-blooming flowers as well as bulbs, perennials, and shrubs to plant now for blooms in the spring and summer. Many unusual and hard-to-find varieties will be available.
Highlights of the sale will include a great selection of colorful fall-blooming salvias, including the dazzling Salvia ‘Limelight,’ with its rich, blue-purple flowers supported by showy chartreuse calyces. Other standouts include the blue-flowered Salvia ‘Argentine Skies’ and the dramatic Salvia discolor, with jet-black blooms—stunning when planted in combination with silver-leaved plants. Also look for Cuphea ignea, or “Cigar Plant,” with lovely vermillion flowers that attract hummingbirds; Phygelius ‘Yellow Trumpet,’ with its masses of pale yellow, trumpet-shaped blossoms; Plectranthus ciliatus, with its striking green and burgundy leaves; Plectranthus forsteri ‘Marginatus,’ with scalloped white edges around large green leaves; and much, much more.
Knowledgeable Huntington staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about plant selection and care, as well as to offer advice on other practical fall gardening topics such as soil improvement, pruning and dividing, lawn care, and tackling pest problems.
For additional information call 626-405-2100 or visit www.huntington.org.
About The Huntington
The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. For more information, visit online at www.huntington.org
The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., and is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10 students (ages 12–18 or with full-time student I.D.), $6 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or www.huntington.org.