I LOVE going to the Seattle Tilth Plant Sale each year. Pretty much every gardener in Washington is there. When I go, I’m totally like a kid in a candy store! It blows me away how many cool plants they have for sale and I always leave with the best deals on the best plants.
A big warning before you go, the sale features over 50,000 organically or sustainably grown plants that are specially chosen by Seattle Tilth’s experts because they are well-adapted to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate. So knowing that you’ll have tens of thousands of plants to choose from and they’ll all grow like mad in our area, I’d totally suggest driving a U-Haul there! They also have all sorts of gardening presentations and a ton of super smarty pants people there to answer any gardening question you could ever think of.
Here are some of the cool plants you’ll be able to choose from:
- More than 350 plant varieties for your summer garden, including rare and heirloom varieties
- Summer crops that love full sun such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and melons that can be planted at the end of May or in early June
- Plants for beginning gardeners such as lettuces, Asian greens, kale, chives, arugula, strawberries, culinary herbs and edible flowers
- Exotic flavors and colorful vegetables such as sweet chocolate peppers, bulbing fennel, Thai basil, lemon cucumbers, Purple Erdine eggplants, tarragon and striped tomatoes
If you want to avoid the lines, Gardens to Go can be ordered online in advance. These trays contain an assortment of plants that are pre-selected around different themes. Options include Summer Hits, Container Gardens, Organic Gardening 101 and Edible Plants for Kids. Swing by Meridian Park for a quick pick-up during the sale.
If you want to have first pick of the plants and help raise extra funds for Seattle Tilth, you can buy a ticket for the Early Bird Sale. Don’t want to buy a ticket? The event relies on more than 300 volunteers – sign-up to volunteer and attend the Early Bird Sale at no cost!
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