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Date: April 22, 2008

30th Annual UVic Plant Sale Set For Mother's Day

The popular UVic Plant Sale—the 30th since the Finnerty Garden Friends was formed by volunteers in 1978—will be on Mother’s Day, May 11, in the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym. The sale opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.

This year’s sale promises an even wider selection of the products that have made it popular: annuals and perennials, rhododendrons and native plants, alpines and exotics, and unique pots and containers. There will also be a silent auction, kid’s section, and a coffee corner.

Shoppers are reminded to arrive early for the best selection and, while shopping carts will be available, it’s a good idea to bring carrying boxes for the trip home. Visa, MasterCard and debit cards will be welcomed.

Since the first plant sale, local gardeners have helped the 300-member Finnerty Garden Friends provide funds for the development of the campus gardens.

Known for its rhododendrons (a collection that includes 200 species with stately names such as “Mrs. Josephine Firth” and “Sir Charles Lemon”), the Finnerty Gardens have evolved to include an impressive collection of more than 4,000 different trees and shrubs.

Its advisory board works closely with the university’s facilities management department which is responsible for the annual maintenance of the 2.6-ha woodland site at the southwest corner of campus.

The gardens feature more than 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants and a spectacular range of companion ferns, vines, bulbs, groundcovers and ornamentals. Three ponds provide habitat for birds and water-loving plants like the towering timber bamboo. April and May are when the rhododendron blooms are at their best.

The Finnerty Gardens are open all year, free of charge.
Media contacts:
Shirley Lyon (Finnerty Garden Friends) at 250-721-7014 or slyon@uvic.ca
Mike McNeney (Alumni Communications) at 250-721-7642 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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(image: fern)