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Date: April 18, 2000

UVic Plant Sale May 7

The annual University of Victoria Plant Sale is on Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the floor of McKinnon Gym becomes one giant nursery for a day.

Shoppers traditionally line-up outside the doors in advance of what, for gardeners, is something like a Boxing Day sale in spring.

Thousands of plants will be ready for new homes--including rhododendrons, annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, hanging baskets, native plants, rock plants, trees and new plant introductions.

Net proceeds from the sale support additions and maintenance of the Finnerty Gardens at UVic, where trails wind through a 1.2-hectare showcase of rhododendrons, azaleas, pools and lawns.

A team of about 150 volunteers, organized by the Friends of Finnerty Gardens, helps stage the sale.

The Finnerty Gardens were established more than 25 years ago with a donation of rare rhododendrons and azaleas collected from around the world and grown at the Lake Cowichan estate of the late Jeanne Simpson.

At the southwest corner of UVic's campus, the gardens are open year-round free of charge and right now is peak season for viewing rhodo blooms.

The main entrance to the gardens is near the Interfaith Chapel. Parking is free on weekends, and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Plant sale shoppers are advised to arrive early with their own packing boxes. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

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Media contacts:
Dr. Betty Kennedy (Finnerty Garden Friends) at (250) 592-2070
Mike McNeney (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7642. ) 592-2070.

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