GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- The UF Environmental Horticulture Department is holding it's 20th Annual Plant sale outside the greenhouse on campus Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 9 am to 5 pm
The sale is so popular, last year they sold out of all their plants in just a few hours. We spoke with Cindy Sigler the President of the Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association about what drives 1000s of gardeners to this sale each year.
Q: What do you think is so popular about Coleus in the first place?
Each Cultivar is very unique, color, shape, size, and we have such a wide variety available you can’t really get anywhere else. We have 4 new varieties and 2 you can’t get anywhere else.
Q: To get to the beauty they’re at today, how much hard work goes into that?
We get them as unrooted cuttings in January. We grow those up, re-pot them, pinch them back.
Q: Where do the proceeds go for the sale?
They go back to the Graduate Student Association we use them for travel grants and educational trips.
Q: Last year’s Sale was hugely popular. What was the turnout like?
There were thousands of people here. We sold out of Coleus by noon and 3 pm everywhere else.
Q: It’s not just coleus that is unusual that you can get from this sale. It sounds like there are a lot of other unusual you can get to.
We have some donations from local and regional nurseries. We have fruit trees, annual, and perennial flowers, and unusual and rare cycads and succulents. There’s a wide variety of things for every kind of plant collector at this sale.